The Daughter She Used To Be

The Daughter She Used To Be

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by Rosalind Noonan

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In this emotionally charged and riveting novel from the author of One September Morning and In a Heartbeat, one woman is torn between loyalty to her family's ways and to her most profound convictions. . .

The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner


In this emotionally charged and riveting novel from the author of One September Morning and In a Heartbeat, one woman is torn between loyalty to her family's ways and to her most profound convictions. . .

The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table. Her brother joined New York's finest, her sisters married cops, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney. Collaring criminals, putting them away—it's what they do. And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices. Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragedy strikes the Sullivan family.

Anger follows grief—and Bernie realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own. All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption. As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served. And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means to be her father's daughter.

Praise for Rosalind Noonan's One September Morning

"Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale. . .it's a keeper!" --Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

"Written with great insight. . . Noonan delivers a fast-paced, character-driven tale with a touch of mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"Noonan creates a unique thriller. . .a novel that focuses on the toll war takes on returning soldiers and civilians whose loved ones won't be coming home." --Booklist

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52chickadees More than 1 year ago
Ms. Noonan has truly woven a spellbinding tale of family loyalty, suspense, and romance. We follow Bernadette (named for St. Bernadette) ¿Bernie¿ Sullivan, youngest daughter of legendary/retired police officer James ¿Sully¿ Sullivan, who is the Patriarch of this strong Irish/Catholic family of five, with two sons who are also members of the NYPD and Bernie joining the ranks as Assistant District Attorney. You will be introduced to Peg, Sully¿s strong-willed ¿Better-Half¿ as well as Matriarch of the Sullivan Clan, Sully¿s befuddled Mother, Mary; who may bring out a chuckle and remind you of a loved one, ¿Brothers in Blue¿, James and Brendan , their wives and children, and Bernie¿s Sisters, ¿Devoted but the Woman Scorned¿ Mary Kate, and the ¿ black sheep of the family¿, Lucy. You will definitely grit your teeth and boo/hiss Bernie¿s arrogant, over-bearing Brother-in-Law, Tony Marino. When Peyton Curtis; a newly-released inmate from Lakeview Shock Prison, marches into Sully¿s coffee shop, ¿Sully¿s Cup¿ and opens fire on who he believes is responsible for the injustices he has endured, tragedy strikes the Sullivan family. A mixture of anger and grief tinged with revenge rears its ugly head. As much as Bernie loves her family, she decides, for better or worse, that she must follow her own conscience and pursue what she believes as just and right. But, what effect could her decisions have on her relationship with her beloved confidante, sounding board, and lover ¿Keesh¿? She knew she had found her soul mate back in their college days and prayed that nothing would ever make them drift apart. Prior to the shooting, their parents¿ opinions had been making any hope of a future together an impossibility. To complicate matters further, Bernie is being reminded that her biological clock is ticking every time she turns around. Ms. Noonan tackles difficult topics such as capital punishment, abortion and infidelity with tact and grace. This is the second book within a few months that has brought me to tears. The emotions that erupt in these pages will keep you wanting more, more, more! I, for one, am hoping that it won¿t be long before we have another of Ms. Noonan¿s volumes to enjoy. In the interim, Don¿t miss this one!! Nancy Narma
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The winds of change are blowing for the Sullivans. This tight knit family of God loving and fearing cops will be strained to the very fibers of their souls. A terrible crime will rock the very foundation of all they hold near and dear. As every member faces a new and stressful day they will all handle the situation differently and some of the effects will damage an already volatile situation. Sully the patriarch has vowed to keep his family safe and when he knows that isn’t always possible, something inside him breaks. Bernie the baby of the family has turned to law to fit into this brood of blue brothers, but her beliefs will put stress on a family already falling apart. She and Sully will but heads continually but it doesn’t mean she loves him any less but for Sully the actions of Bernie make her in no uncertain terms “ The Daughter She Used To Be”. What will happen to this once golden group, will they ever recover from what happened or will they ever be changed by fate. What will happen to their once solid faith and who will suffer the most from the fallout. Rosalind Noonan has given us very realistic look at the things that “could happen” and do, the things that tear the closest of families and friends apart, she does this with an incredible eye for detail and emotion as she spins this tale that we could read on any front page or news website. She does this with dialogue that will take her readers to the Burroughs of New York thick with diversity and flavor and deliver something very special to those of us lucky enough to read the novel. Her characters are the real stars here and she has an amazing way to intimate her audience to each and every one, no matter the role they play, no matter the depth of their involvement. She gives us a realistic look at a family drama come to life and how this one family survives the bomb blast that they will be given. If you like family drama, crime fiction or even romantic suspense you will like this novel as Rosalind Noonan expertly mixes a bone chilling thriller with a family drama and throws us a small bone of a love story to boot.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
My first experience with a Rosalind Noonan, but as they came highly recommended from my mom, I would have to agree with her that this won't be my last Rosalind Noonan read. As luck would have it, I was asked to host this book for a book tour and what a great read. I am now in a relationship with a police officer, so this book hit way close to home, but this new living situation, may have helped me love it even more. The story centers around the youngest daughter of a retired police officer who spent 50 years serving the city of New York and lived through many things including 9/11. Along with this main story is another story that centers around a young man who has some physical disabilities and is just getting out of prison, the way these stories intertwine is entertaining and heartbreaking. I thought I knew where this book was headed and was ready for it to end one way, but the story went a completely different direction and I loved every minute of it. The surprises were enjoyable and came from out of the blue. I would recommend this book to those who like women's fiction with a little more depth to them.
sneps More than 1 year ago
This is a book that will keep you completely engaged throughout the whole story. It is a story that blurs the lines between black and white, right and wrong, and justice vs. just wrong. Bernie is the youngest in the family and is the only one in her family that is not married. She fights crime in the courtroom, whereas her brothers and brother-in-law fight crime on the streets of NY. While she did not follow in the path of her family being a police office or being married to one, Bernie earns her right at the family table. Every Sunday, the family has Sunday dinner where they each talk about cases or crimes they¿ve handled¿.yeah, typical Sunday talk ;) However, after a horrific crime, Bernie¿s faith in the justice system is tested as well as her relationship with her father. Sunday dinners are no longer the same, relationships are strained, but this family is resilient and a piece of hope and new beginnings emerge after the family has been tested. This is an excellent read and a book I highly recommend!
TSteiner More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away from this amazing story by Rosalind Noonan. She captivated me from the beginning and kept me enthralled throughout the whole novel. I kept wanting to peek ahead to see what would happen next. This is storytelling at its very best!! You would think that this story revolves around the daughter Bernadette "Bernie" Sullivan. In reality, I feel it revolves around every single member of the Sullivan family and even a few of the extended cast. Yes, Bernie held the limelight a bit more and it was her driving desire for honorable justice that propelled the storyline, but it was the whole cast of characters that made this story as strong as it is. The Sullivan's are a family of crime fighters. Either you are a cop, married to a cop or involved in the law. This is all they know. When tragedy hits close to home, their views and family ties are tested. Can this Irish Catholic family survive? The book is separated into three parts; the buildup, the aftermath, and then finally the consequences. With each chapter I could feel the suspense growing. I could almost feel it in the air while I was reading. I had the expectation that something big was going to crash down on me and then I was still totally taken by surprise when it did. I was absolutely floored and my heart was broken. During the aftermath I was still reeling from the tragedy and desperately trying to grasp and cope with my feelings. I felt all the emotions that every single character was feeling. Ms. Noonan did a superb job with her writing skills to make me feel my emotions so overwhelmingly. The consequences were just as well written. Depending on how you felt about the issues that were being written about, I can see every reader feeling differently about this part of the story. There are a few highly controversial ideas and views brought up. I enjoyed how they were written, without feeling preachy. It's been a long time since I have had so many emotions ripped out of me; so many highs and so many lows. This was a journey of the soul. A deep look into oneself to discover what you are really made of. I highly recommend this book. While it is an emotional read it is extremely thought provoking and very well written. Be prepared for the emotional roller coaster. I laughed, wept, and even got angry. Along the way I learned a few things about myself and I'm a better person for it. This is an outstanding story!
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