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Tour: 207. The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate...

November 17, 2009
Today's tour is for Melissa Senate's The Secret of Joy...

the secret of joyAbout the book:
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.

About the author:
Melissa Senate is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling See Jane Date, which was made into an ABC Family TV movie and has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. She's published short pieces in Everything I've Always Wanted to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, It's a Wonderful Lie, Flirting with Pride and Prejudice, and American Girls About Town. A former romance and young adult editor from New York, she now lives on the southern coast of Maine with her son. Find her online at her website, www.melissasenate.com.

drey's thoughts:
Oh, what a lovely book this is. Rebecca pulls you along with her on her journey of discovery--of her sister, her wants, her life... Warm, funny, and intimate, The Secret of Joy is a touching story about a young woman's quest to find the more in her life. Because there's gotta be more than just this.

Never mind that the journey is kick-started by a deathbed confession. Never mind that the person she's searching for may not want her around. And never mind that her live-in boyfriend swings between ambivalence and antagonism towards her quest.

A thoroughly enjoyable read by Melissa Senate. So enjoyable, in fact, that I went and sat down at the computer as soon as I finished reading the last page. Get it if you like warm fuzzies from your books.

Giveaway!
Thanks to Pocket Books, I have two copies of The Secret of Joy for you...
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US residents only, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share--what would you have done, if you were Rebecca? I'd probably have freaked. But in Rebecca's shoes, I probably would've been too numb to act anytime soon...
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST November 30th. Good luck!

Title: The Secret of Joy
Author: Melissa Senate
ISBN-10: 1439107173
ISBN-13: 9781439107171
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2009

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Disclosure: My copy of The Secret of Joy was provided by the publisher for this blog tour.

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43 comments:

Sandra K321 said...

I probably would have gone to the town and just checked Joy out without telling her why I was really there. Then, I would have explained the situation to her after I had talked to her a couple of times.
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Sandra K321 said...

I follow your blog via Google.
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Kat Bryan said...

I would definitely contact a half-sibling. Whether we stayed in contact would depend on the person.
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Kat Bryan said...

I'm a follower.
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rubynreba said...

I would probably have taken a week or two to digest the information. Then I would have cautiously scoped out Joy before I talked to her.
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rubynreba said...

I follow.
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bermudaonion said...

I probably would have tried to find my half-sister (after I freaked).
I subscribe in Google Reader.
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Sue said...

I am trying to imagine this scenario. I think I would have found her so I could have a sister...

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Jenn said...

I would most likely be very angry and not contact her at all.
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Jenn said...

I follow
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Benita said...

I probably would have been speechless and frozen with confusion. Then, I would have sought out my half-sister.

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Benita said...

I follow via google friend connect.

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Anonymous said...

I think I would have done what Rebecca did...

karenk
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber :)

karenk
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mabelilly28 said...

If I were in this situation, I feel that it would possess my thoughts so strongly that I would have to act immediately and get myself to Maine!

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

mabelilly28 said...

I am a google follower!

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sharon54220 said...

I can totally relate to this story. Not so much about the affair, but growing up an only child to finding out the I was the oldest of 17. I always knew I was adopted, but then years later I found out I had a sister and they grew to lots more siblings. I also had the good fortune of meeting both of my biological parents.

So, to answer the question I would definitely go to find and meet her.

I definitely would love to win this book.

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sharon54220 said...

I am also a subscriber via Google Reader.

Margie said...

I would definitely want to get in touch, but I would be very surprised at the revelation.
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Margie said...

I am a follower by email
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Martha Lawson said...

I don't really know whether I'd get in touch or not. I'd shocked first and foremost.

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Martha Lawson said...

I am a follower.

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CrystalGB said...

I would probably deal with my hurt feelings for a while then I would try to find out what I could about my half-sister.

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CrystalGB said...

I am a follower.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

holdenj said...

I probably would have been really nervous, but would follow thru on the wish of delivering the letters.
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holdenj said...

I'm a follower.
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Lady_Graeye said...

I am a follower
This is an interesting story!
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Bethie said...

Count me in please. Thanks for the chance.

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Karen H in NC said...

I think I would have done what Rebecca did.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

Jaime said...

I think I would be alittle freaked out too and very curious
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Jaime said...

blog follower
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Jaime said...

1 shared on twitter
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Jaime said...

2 shared on twitter
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Bingo said...

I think I would have gone along for the ride like she did...seems like a good one!

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Bingo said...

I follow on GFC

or is it GCF...I always worry when it is late if I put the initials KFC somewhere :D

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Allison said...

I would have done what was asked of me, even though i'd be freaking out.

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Allison said...

I follow!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Don't enter me -- this tour stopped at my blog, too. I just want to say I also thought this book was lovely -- and so did my sister!

Nancye said...

First of all, I'd be furious at my dad for having an affair. I would want to meet her, but I don't think I would push too hard to have a relationship with her.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

Follower via Google

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CherylS22 said...

I would have been shocked. Then, I would have honored my father's request.

CherylS22 said...

I follow in GFC

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