Book Review – Second Nature

Second Nature: A NovelSecond Nature: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a Jacquelyn Mitchard fan.  I’ve read most of her books, and this one did not disappoint.  It’s a continuation of the saga of the Cappadora family Mitchard made famous in her novel, “The Deep End of the Ocean.”  This books follows Sicily Coyne, who is burned in a church fire when she is 13 years old.  Half a life-time later she is given a second chance when she is offered a face transplant surgery.  Sicily’s life intertwines with the Cappadoras when she asks Beth to document her transformation with her beautiful photography.  What happens next changes Sicily’s, and the Cappadora’s family, lives forever.

Beautiful.  Powerful.  Mitchard is a master with words.  Like most of her novels, I wanted to read, read, read and never come up for air.  This novel is engaging and makes the reader appreciate having a normal face that so many of us take for granted.  The ending, again like most Mitchard books, left me wanting more.  Mitchard knows how to write about life in such a real, but poignant way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and hope that Mitchard writes more about Sicily Coyne and the Cappadora family.

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