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Title:
The secret of joy : a novel
Author:
Senate, Melissa.
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Edition:
First Downtown Press trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Downtown Press, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
340 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Featuring a Downtown Press readers club guide and author Q&A.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781439107171
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Book

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Summary

IS THE HALF SISTER THAT REBECCA STRAND
HAS NEVER MET SHORT? TALL? RICH? POOR? PRETTY?
FUNNY? MARRIED? LONELY? HAPPY?...

Rebecca is about to find out. The New York City paralegal thought nothing could shake her life off its fast track -- which includes her handsome lawyer boyfriend and their extravagant condo. The shocking revelation that she even has a half sister comes from her dying father, in a hospital bed confession of a long-past summer affair...and now the dad she adores has one last wish: would Rebecca deliver a cache of letters he never sent to his other daughter, Joy Jayhawk, in a tiny coastal Maine town?

But when Rebecca arrives in Wiscasset, with the life-changing letters stashed in a leather box, nothing goes as she imagined -- and Joy Jayhawk is less than thrilled to meet her. Joy already has her own life, her own family, and her own business: she runs a bus tour for singles, a matchmaking excursion that's brought lovers together, healed broken hearts, and changed lives. Rebecca joins the singles tour in the hopes of unlocking a door into Joy's life and forming a relationship with the only family she has left. But as she spends more and more time with Joy and the women who dub themselves The Divorced Ladies Club of Wiscasset -- and starts a flirtation with a seriously hunky local carpenter -- Rebecca realizes it's her life and heart that are ready for healing and change...and that sometimes, you just have to go along for the ride.


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Booklist Review

From the author of See Jane Date (2001) and The Solomon Sisters Wise Up (2003) comes the story of two women at a crossroads in their lives who discover they are half-sisters. The last thing Rebecca Strand expects to hear from her dying father is that he had an affair when she was two years old that resulted in the birth of a child a daughter Daniel Strand never met. After Daniel dies, Rebecca heads from New York to Maine to find her sister, Joy despite the protests of her practical boyfriend, Michael. Rebecca is crushed to find that Joy doesn't really want anything to do with her, but she's not ready to leave Maine yet and go back to her job, or Michael, whom she's becoming increasingly disillusioned with. Joy reluctantly invites Rebecca on a singles bus tour she hosts, and Rebecca finds herself more at home with Joy and her friends than she is with her life in New York. Another warm, winning entry from popular chick-lit author Senate.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2009 Booklist