THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Patti Callahan Henry – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, Patti Callahan Henry offers THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER (Berkley). It’s a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive. 

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home–until she learns of her dad’s failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

Henry’s novels always touch my heart. I’m able to relax with some lovely southern fiction and get to know characters I’d like to know in real life. I’d suggest pairing this up with a nice pinot noir.



Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS – The Improbable Love Story of Joy  Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Patti’s books include Losing the Moon, Between the Tides; Where the River Runs; When Light Breaks; Between the Tides; The Art of Keeping Secrets; Driftwood Summer; The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story; Coming Up for Air; And Then I Found You; The Stories We Tell; The Idea of Love, The Bookshop at Water’s End, Becoming Mrs. Lewis and The Favorite Daughter.

A finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year, Patti is published in numerous languages. Her articles and essays have appeared in Southern Living, PINK, Writer’s Digest, Portico Magazine, Birmingham Magazine and more.

Her essays can also be found in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy; Southern Writers Writing, and State of the Heart. Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing we have one copy to give away. Just tell us what you love about “southern fiction.” We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only,  please.

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45 thoughts on “THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Patti Callahan Henry – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

  1. I grew up in southern Arkansas. I love southern fiction because it’s about the life I have. I very familiar with all the southern slang. We love sitting on the porch sipping on tea or lemonade.


  2. I’ve always been intrigued by the south, specifically the Carolinas and Georgia, but haven’t had the opportunity to visit. I do love reading books set in these states.


  3. Southern living books are down to earth and about real situations. I lost my dad to Alzheimer’s last September, a long drawn out demise. I enjoy reading this kind of book and they always evoke feeling and contemplation.


  4. I enjoy reading Southern Fiction because the authors are such great storytellers. I also like reading about the locations because they are places I would love to go but will never have the chance.


  5. Whenever I read a southern fiction book I feel like I want to be friends with all the characters!


  6. This has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it.I love Southern Fiction and enjoy living vicariously through the characters.


    1. Southern fiction is all about family relationships, muggy summers, love found and then lost… all set in a wonderful setting.


  7. I love southern fiction because it takes me to a place I am not all that familiar with. I love learning about how other parts of our country lives.


  8. I love the way the atmosphere surrounds you – the people, the language, the food, and the stunning visual pictures.


  9. I love character driven stories and know that I can always find them through southern fiction. I live in the south, so it’s like meeting new neighbors!


  10. I have kin in the south and have been vacationing and visiting in the south my whole life–I feel southern by proxy. lol. I have always loved my southern heritage and southern lit just feels like home.



  11. Southern fiction makes me feel at home. The family, comfort foods, great storytelling and sassiness of the characters.


  12. Southern fiction reminds me of small towns, deep family relationships, warm weather, good food, and everyone knowing everyone else’s business 😉 Can’t wait to read this book!


  13. We used to live in South Carolina, and when I read Southern fiction that includes recipes of the region, I can smell the aromas. Also, Spanish Moss.


  14. I love everything about the south! The friendly people, the food, everything moved at a slower pace. The settings and towns are so charming.


  15. Since I moved to the South, I find it so interesting to read southern fiction books so I can grasp the southern-ness habits. It is fun to read a book and then realize that I’ve seen or heard something about that in real life.


  16. I love southern fiction because of the beautiful imagery and unique characters. I am a New Englander so I enjoy reading stories set in other parts of the country.


  17. I love reading southern fiction. One of my favorite genres. Southern writers have big hearts, big stories to tell. You can count on delightful characters, beautiful settings, poetic prose and whenever possible they will throw in some delightful fun. Because I am southern born and bred, I can relate to their stories.


  18. Southern fiction is usually very character driven, which I love in a story. As a southern transplant from the north, I am intrigued by the cultural differences among people raised in different parts of the country. How families interact can depend on where one is born and raised. One example: I found it interesting to see southern friends teaching their young children to say, “Maam or Sir”, when speaking to an adult. In the north, we were not taught to do this.


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