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Second House from the Corner

By Sadeqa Johnson
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"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." -Benilde Little, bestselling author

Felicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations, but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.

Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second the harried mother’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she must confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind.

From a phenomenal fresh voice in fiction, comes the compelling story of what happens when the dream falls apart. Sadeqa Johnson's Second House from the Corner is an unforgettable tale of love, loss, rediscovery, and the growing pains of marriage.

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24 Reviews

3.5
“I loved The Yellow Wife an The House of Eve. While I did enjoy the writing, I hated every character. The main character is insufferable. I also don't appreciate the advocation of a nuclear family when it's not in the best interest of the mother. Her husband goes on a complete power trip, he's not to be trusted. Also, I hated the conversations about "giving away virginity". The concept is toxic and only hurts women.”
“Nothing Substantial, Just a Juicy Pastime Sadeqa Johnson is a good writer and that's the only reason why I finished the book. She's excellent at transitions and flow that makes the story seem like it is going somewhere even when it isn't. Felicia Lyons is more-or-less a bored and stressed mother of three and wife to a seemingly perfect husband, Preston Lyons. Although Felicia intended on having a long and fruitful marriage, her past traumas begin to intrude and shadow her life, one of them being an affair with a man named Martin at the age of 15 whom impregnated her and disappeared only to wind up in jail. The story begins to disappoint at the time Felicia agrees with her childhood friend, Shayla, to put her house on the line for her friend's boyfriend as a form of bail. From there, she continues on a path of irrational behavior with the coverup that she isn't receiving support from her husband and is stressed of being a mother. Martin comes into the picture again and she entertains him with no seemingly logical or emotional reasoning. Just pure stupidity. If you asked me, Preston responded like any man or woman would if an affair was discovered but Felicia seemed to make him the villain; the "Fuck you!"s and questioning as to why Preston behaved the way he did suggests that Felicia is living a selfish world and that her actions should never be looked at with too much scrutiny. To make matters worse, she went to Philly and slept with Martin not long after being put out the house. In the end, her children is what snaps her back into reality and forces her back home but the book ends with her using her charm to allure her husband back to her, nothing redemptive. And poor Crystal--Gran and Felicia basically swept her under the rug and pretended like Felicia was the true prize. I'd say I was disappointed with the character development; it seems that no one learned any lessons or inspired to change. Everybody remains a victim to their circumstances and problems.”

About Sadeqa Johnson

SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan, and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-On Bag was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American Fiction. Originally from Philadelphia, Sadeqa Johnson currently resides in Virginia with her husband and three children. Second House from the Corner is her second novel.

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