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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
A Daughter’s Secret by Jacqueline McDonald is a personal account of what a simple DNA test can uncover. Jackie’s biological mother and father have not been together since she was a child, having broken up and gotten back together so many times, no one ever thought to question her or her siblings' genetics. She was raised by another man, who raised her better than the man she thought was her biological father could have done. Over the years, Jackie and her siblings had been told they are German, Irish and Dutch but the DNA test revealed something different. Jackie searches for family members via DNA through the genealogy website and discovers some other very interesting facts that lead her to confront her mother with what she has learned. Jackie’s mother responds in a very odd manner which leaves the daughter with even more questions than answers. Overwhelmed with all of the information, Jackie thinks that her siblings should also take a DNA test to see if they all match or if more family secrets can be unlocked.
A Daughter’s Secret by Jacqueline McDonald is a very interesting take on the importance of understanding where we come from. McDonald skillfully shares her personal experiences with discovering her own roots and the effects the truth can have on a family. I love how Jackie discovers family members that are supportive and helpful, like her cousin Helen, as they email and correspond with information and discover how similar they really are. I recommend A Daughter’s Secret by Jacqueline McDonald to anyone who is thinking about looking into their own family tree.