The Other Daughter: A Novel

The Other Daughter: A Novel

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by Miralee Ferrell

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David Carson's ordered family life is thrown into devastating chaos when Brianna, a young teen, appears on the Carsons' doorstep, claiming to be David's daughter. The revelation of David's apparent betrayal staggers his wife, Susanne, and adds strain to an already fragile marriage. Will this shocking discovery drive the family apart, or will it draw them closer to


David Carson's ordered family life is thrown into devastating chaos when Brianna, a young teen, appears on the Carsons' doorstep, claiming to be David's daughter. The revelation of David's apparent betrayal staggers his wife, Susanne, and adds strain to an already fragile marriage. Will this shocking discovery drive the family apart, or will it draw them closer to God? Guaranteed fiction!

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Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live in a rural community in Washington State. She serves on staff at their local church as a licensed minister and is actively involved in ministry to women, as well as speaking to women's groups. She's always been an avid reader and dabbled in writing, but never considered it as a serious calling until 2005 when she felt the Lord directing her to write. Since then she's had several magazine articles published, two in book compilations, and four full-length novels released with a fifth releasing in early 2011. Miralee loves working in her flower beds, riding horseback with her daughter, and sailing with her husband.

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Other Daughter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Buukluvr08 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was an emotional one, but one that I love! Miralee definitely has a talent that is worth singing praises for. She knows how to pull characters together that won't be forgotten as well as a storyline that is both heartwarming and full of struggles. Miralee tells the story of young Brianna, a young teenager who's mother has passed on and she is left to go and live with a father she never grew up with. A father,named David, who has another wife and children. I really felt my heart being pulled to Brianna alot but the one that I felt the biggest pull to, was Susanne, David's wife. She doesn't share David's beliefs and I felt called to pray for her so many times through the story,especially when she found out her husband has another daughter....that's not hers! Not only that, but I was completely captured from the beginning, by Miralee's writing, and wasn't let go til I reached the very last page. This is one of those books that will have you smiling, praying and crying. You'll want to reach out and hug all the characters and tell them "hey, it will be okay. Just let God handle it for you!". With a powerful message of God's love, understanding and forgiveness, Miralee does a fantastic job of bringing to us a book that will hit home for so many people. Though, I didn't struggle in my life with a lot of the issues that were in this book, I could still relate to the characters in so many ways. It really hit home for me in a way that is just hard to explain. I will say, however, that this book is a must read for EVERYONE. It is a 5 star book that deserves to be recommended to everyone and an author who's talents should be praised! Well done, Miralee!
TeamWork More than 1 year ago
The Other Daughter is one of those books that will bless your life. It touches the heart while touching a few nerves along the way. It's not always easy reading about a couple whose emotions are strained to the limit. But you always root for them as they work through an unexpected life event with honesty and true-to-life reactions. It's unique in being told from the perspective of both the Christian husband with a long-ago indiscretion, and the unbelieving wife. Susanne Carson loves her husband, David, but struggles with his Christianity and her own beliefs. Both make mistakes along the way, but how they work together is a true love story - of family, faith and love. The supporting characters are wonderful, and the writing style is easy-to-read without being overdone. You'll be touched to the core. Buy it today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ferrell gives you characters you can picture in your mind's eye. She makes you love them and really care about what is going to happen to each one. You will find yourself cheering for the good and condemning the bad. The story is a believable one and will make you look deeper into your own soul and your relationship with a higher force! Excellent read that will make you sad when you read the last page as she leaves you wanting more. The sequel, Finding Jeena, comes out in April of 2010 and I am sure it too will be a must read. Thanks Miralee for a book that we can really sink ourselves into!
jlight7801 More than 1 year ago
This one ran all the emotions possible! "I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob!" (Larry the Cucumber, VeggieTales) LOL :) I did, I laughed, cried, got upset with how things weren't going the right way. This is a great book on looking at how the Lord taking any circumstance and uses it for good. A great example of gentle witnessing, forgiveness and unconditional love. I truly enjoyed this one. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't repeat what others have said. I saw Susanne grow as a Christian, as a wife, and then as a mother. This is a book I would read over again. It touched my heart. I will read more books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the ultimate book about the power of forgiveness. I loved this story and the characters in it. Susanne one day answers the door to her home only to find a teenager who claims to be the daughter of her husband. Talk about a slap in the face. The details as they come together weave a story that brings about a lot of emotion in this family as they work through the intricacies of how to deal with this new situation in their life. How can a marriage handle such a blow? How will their children handle it? The gamut of feelings in all the characters is played out in such a way as to bring this family through twists and turns that might not otherwise have happened. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. Definitely a great read.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I think that I unconsciously select books by different authors that have the same storyline. I had just finished reading 'Ocean's Apart' by Karen Kingsbury when I selected this book to read. Interestingly both of the books had similar plots involving unknown children coming to claim their parents. I thought it was interesting to see how the stories parallel each other and also how the characters would react in different ways. In this book it was refreshingly realistic to see the other parent, the one who was left in the dark, be angry and even hostile towards the entire situation. I'm not saying this is the right behavior to act but it shows true human nature as opposed to immediate acceptance with everyone hugging. I wouldn't expect anyone, even a devout Christian, to not have some hurt and wounded feelings to not have known this deep dark secret from their spouse's past. Also it would only be natural to become suspicious about everything now. I thought the story was extremely well written. It capture my interest right from the get go. The Native American touch was very interesting to read as well. The only thing that bugged me a little about the story was that I felt Briana acted younger than her age. I know she's had a hard life, but in my opinion she acted like she was 12 or younger. She didn't seem interested in a lot of things that normal fourteen year olds would be into. Other than this, I really enjoyed reading this story. It's an excellent debut and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Believable characters dealing with the unexpected twists life hands out to the best of us. Follow the family as they learn to deal with a teenager on their doorstep. The young girl has nowhere to go. Or is someone out to get her?
Guest More than 1 year ago
How does a wife deal with the sudden appearance of her husband's daughter that she never knew about? Miralee Ferrell's debut novel lays bare the emotions of broken trust and a marriage unequally yoked¿and Ferrell does it with the perceptivity of a seasoned author. I found Susanne's emotions to be gut-wrenchingly honest and the spiritual thread believable. Too often in Christian fiction, the change in a character is forced. When Susanne seeks affirmation for her hurt from a friend, the advice she gets leaves her unsure. The gradual transition in Susanne is sparked by the faith of her young daughter, Megan, and the understanding of a family friend. Being a step-mother, I totally related to Susanne's emotions throughout the book. Ferrell hasn't pulled any punches in this hard hitting novel, and it receives this reviewer's highest recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Other Daughter is an endearing story about betrayal and forgiveness, stubbornness and submission, and the strength God shows when we ask him to work through us. Susanne Carson is a ¿good person,¿ but she¿s missing so much while she tries to maintain control of her life and faltering marriage. It takes the arrival of a bedraggled teen on her doorstep to show her she¿s not in control she¿s never been in control and help is just one decision away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The proof of a good story, to me, is finding myself thinking about the characters as if they are actual persons, known to me--wondering what they would do in this or that circumstance. This was very true with this book. The author has a gift for creating personalities and making them come 'alive.' Even the ones you love to hate stick in your mind. I found this a truly down-to-earth story about a very unusual circumstance. Watching the tensions increase as the story evolves feeling sympathy for each 'side' and wondering how in the world this is all going to work out, makes this novel one you don't just put down and forget.