Friday's Daughter

Friday's Daughter

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by Patricia Sprinkle
     
 

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A contemporary novel of sisterhood, the South, and matters of the heart.

Teensie MacAllester's two elder sisters consider her an insignificant appendage to their illustrious family. For fifteen years they have been delighted to let her care for their ailing relatives. After all, Teensie is both a nurse and a Friday's child, naturally loving and giving.

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A contemporary novel of sisterhood, the South, and matters of the heart.

Teensie MacAllester's two elder sisters consider her an insignificant appendage to their illustrious family. For fifteen years they have been delighted to let her care for their ailing relatives. After all, Teensie is both a nurse and a Friday's child, naturally loving and giving.

As Teensie deferred her life, a dream sustained her: autocratic King MacAllester promised her the bulk of his estate. But when King's will is read it divides his property equally among his daughters. Teensie's share is scarcely enough to make a new start. Her sisters have a solution: Teensie can continue to serve as the family care-giver. But Teensie is determined to claim a life of her own. Throwing off the yoke of family expectations, Teensie sets in motion some surprising changes.

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Publishers Weekly
Sprinkle's (Hold Up the Sky) newest comingles many of the worst qualities of Southern fiction with a cloying Cinderella story line. After nursing her father, one-time college president and state senator King MacAllester, through death, Teensie discovers that he left their ancestral home equally to all three MacAllester daughters rather than solely to her, as he'd promised, so that she might convert it into a nursing home. This bequest pleases no one, and they put the house on the market, leaving Teensie, jobless and middle-aged, caught between demanding, narrow-minded sisters who have their own ideas as to not only where she's to live her life, but how. Complicating matters is a job she takes as a home nurse for Tobias Jones, a Native American farmer suffering from hepatitis. Though Jones holds a 200-year-old grudge against the MacAllesters for stealing his people's land, he and Teensie form deep feelings for each other. They suffer the prejudices of Teensie's sisters, but unite over the care of three distant Native American relatives recently made motherless. Sprinkle writes inert prose and fails to create convincing characters. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451232199
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,373,889
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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