The Daisy Children

The Daisy Children

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When Katie Garrett gets the unexpected news that she's received an inheritance from the grandmother she hardly knew, it couldn't have come at a better time. She flees Boston - and her increasingly estranged husband - and travels to rural Texas. There, she's greeted by her distant cousin Scarlett. Friendly, flamboyant, eternally optimistic, Scarlett couldn't be more different from sensible Katie. And as they begin the task of sorting through their grandmother's possessions, they discover letters and photographs that uncover the hidden truths about their shared history, and the long-forgotten tragedy of the New London school explosion of 1937 that binds them.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062693440
Branch Call Number: Fiction Grant
Characteristics: 407, 9 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm


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Jul 10, 2018

This is why I love historical fiction. It is a rare book that does not teach me something new about a event in the past and at the same time gives me one or more firsthand perspectives on that time in history. Books with dual timelines are especially interesting as we get to watch the characters in the book discover things about the story through the different POVs and settings in history.

Grant gives this book some very satisfying symmetry and answers many of our questions about the puzzling dynamics between characters. I must admit that the reason behind much of the turmoil caught me almost completely by surprise and helped bring closure for me. There was a bit of instalove and perhaps some rushed character building. Also found I really had to focus at times to keep the four generations of women in the story straight at times. Overall, though, I found it to be a riveting novel and would recommend it to other lovers of historical fiction.


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