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Spring News 🌷 From Patti

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

The Favorite Daughter Tour Dates Announced

Patti Callahan Henry

Coming June 4!

The New York Times bestselling Southern author Patti Callahan Henry, returns to the Lowcountry, with her fifteenth novel —THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.

"May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten." —Irish Proverb

Dear Friend,

Are you ready for an amazing summer? Hasn’t it felt like the world’s longest winter?

One of the craziest things about writing books is that you are always living in the future, talking about “what comes next”. Right now I just want time to slow down so we can all take a deep breath and enjoy the earth coming alive again. So here I am — thrilled to share more about THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER with you, a book I’ve been working on for years.

As we head into warmer weather, I want you to meet the Donohue family and dive into their quirky and wonderful world. THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is set in Watersend, South Carolina, just as BOOKSHOP AT WATER’S END. We revisit the establishments, beaches, and waterways that define a town and its people. With a devastating sister’s betrayal, a local pub full of quirky characters, a family’s Irish secret, and a charming brother who can’t quite wrangle his two sisters together to deal with the crisis, we have a novel about the power of memory, the magnetic draw of family, learning forgiveness and the elusive idea of “home”.

Welcome again to Watersend and the families that inhabit this lush land.

Oh, and stay tuned for the upcoming "story behind the story" —the inspiration behind THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, to be included in my June newsletter.

I love any reason to celebrate so here we go — My novel, DRIFTWOOD SUMMER is about to celebrate its 10th birthday, so to celebrate we have an exciting offer below!

I’ve also spent some time re-doing my website with some new bells and whistles. Please go explore all the new things, including a BLOG you can subscribe to so you never miss a beat (who likes missing beats?) with announcements, contests, and appearances!

I can’t wait, to see as many of you as I can on the road this summer — so scroll on down for BOOK TOUR!

I’m also here to say — Oh, my stars and moons! All of you have supported the October release of my historical novel, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS — The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis in ways I could have never imagined. Her story is spreading literally all over the world, from Spain to Germany to the UK and Australia and beyond. Her brave journey has fired us all up! I can’t thank you enough. I know you helped spread the word. Joy and I are along for the wild ride with you!

With Love and Reading,

Patti Callahan Henry



The New York Times bestselling Southern author returns to the Lowcountry, with her fifteenth novel —THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City.

Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home—until she learns of her dad’s failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs.

As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.​

Pub Date; June 4, 2019

Publisher: Berkley 368 pages

Formats: Paperback and e-book

ISBN-10: 0399583130

ISBN-13: 978-0399583131





"[I]n Henry’s satisfying latest novel . . . . readers will be immersed in this moving tale, hungry to learn whether love and family will overcome betrayal, secrets, and heartache."—Publishers Weekly

“[H]enry’s latest (after Becoming Mrs. Lewis, 2018) packs an emotional wallop, delving into the bonds and tragedies that make a family. . . . Readers of thoughtful family dramas will be drawn to the travails of the Donohue clan.”


"Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Her latest, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, is a story of reflection, forgiveness, and surprising twists."

— Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“In exquisitely-wrought prose, Patti Henry lyrically examines the meaning of forgiveness and the inexorable tug of home.”

—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club

“The Favorite Daughter is both heartfelt and heartbreakingly honest in its portrayal of a family once divided by scandal and brought together through the power of memories....Moving, intelligent, full of twists and turns, I loved it! Patti Callahan Henry shines at family dramas and The Favorite Daughter is her best!"

—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests

“A layered, spellbinding novel about families and lovers and the meaning of home. Above all, it’s about memory, how it shapes us, fools us, and warms our hearts. This is one truly beautiful book.”

—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding


Upcoming 📚 Book Tour


Join me on Tour!

There are many exciting events and appearances planned for THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! From coffee, mimosas, to visiting a winery, pub, farmstead, plus gourmet delights, delicious luncheons, and dinners, to historic homes —plus plenty of interesting literary conversations with fellow authors as Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Jane Green, and more. Let's not forget the fantastic bookseller sponsors and the scenic venue hosts— from historical to the coastal areas. There will be ample book signings, friends, and fellow book lovers. It's going to be a fun time and hope, you will join me in a city near you!


Special 📢 Offer


Just in time for summer reading.

Dates: 4/14 – 4/28

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Read More About Driftwood Summer


Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Coming to UK May 16, 2019

Available for Pre-Order Now

Historical Fiction l Writing as Patti Callahan

Follow the Journey With Joy and Patti

US Edition Available Now


About the Author

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Her fifteenth novel, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Southern Contemporary Fiction) will be published June 4, 2019, and available for pre-order now.

A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.



Sometimes I am in awe of readers and book bloggers. Lyndsey Huckaby drew this for me with a few of my novels.

I treasure it. I will frame it. Thank you, thank you @lyndseydrawsitagain you rock! 💙

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"Memory, once waked, will play the tyrant."—C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

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