The Other Daughter is not the type of story that I would typically pick up and read, but the premise intrigued me, so I gave it a go. Susanne and David Carson seem like they have a picture perfect marriage and family. And then a wrench is thrown in the works in the form of a surprise visitor, Brianna, who claims that David is her father. The plot from that point on is predictable. I knew early on what the 'twists' and 'turns' would be. They were easy to see coming, but the reason I kept reading was because the author was able to convey very realistically the evolution of Susanne's character, and her coming to believe and have faith in God.
There were more things in this book that bothered me; little things that should have been ironed out during the editing process (unrealistic sounding and overly simplistic dialogue, redundancies, etc). I am a picky reader so little things like that bother me. Also, the characters were hard to like. Susanne came off as selfish and immature. In a way this was understandable: she views Brianna as a threat, being a physical manifestation of her husband's infidelity, but as a mother and an adult, you would think she would set a better example. There are times that Meaghan acted more mature than her mother. I am hoping that these are simply first book issues and that the author will grow and improve with future publications.
A book has to be stand-out, one that I would re-read, to be rated 5 stars, but the story and the characters stayed with me for days after I had finished the book. The theme of accepting and loving someone for who they are rather than what you want them to be is strong and resonantly conveyed. If you are in the mood for a different sort of Christian fiction, give The Other Daughter a try.