Every wife's nightmare would be discovering her husband had an affair. What if that affair produced a child and that child showed up on your doorstep after fourteen years?
That is exactly what happens in, The Other Daughter. Susanne is home alone when a young girl is dropped off after her mother's death and she announces that Susanne's husband, David, is her father. David had no knowledge that the child existed and certainly had not planned on this change in his life.
The genere is Christian Fiction, so the book explores a journey of faith along with the strain on both marriage and family with the arrival of an unexpected child. Having been foster parents before, Susanne and David are used to taking children in, but the dynamics of how this affects the family is unlike a typical foster child.
The feelings expressed by all the characters are realistic and portray the joy, excitement, confusion, questions of faith and feelings of helplessness as the story continues.
This is not a feel good story that glosses over the problems created by the unexpected appearance of a child. It tackles the issues and feelings head on.
The problems created in the marriage are further complicated by David having a strong Christian faith, while Susanne goes through the motions, but does not feel God's presence in her life. Her lack of faith is further confirmed by the appearance of the child. How could God let this happen?
A crisis in the home brings Susanne head on with her faith, or lack thereof. She must confront her feelings and anger because there is nothing else she can do.
This story explores every human emotion and may challenge your own faith.