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The Daisy Children: A Novel
By: Sofia Grant
List Price: $15.99
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(as of: 12/12/18)
Manufacturer: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062693441
Publication Date: 2018-08-07
Release Date 2018-08-07
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Inspired by true events, in Sofia Grant’s powerfully moving new novel a young woman peels back the layers of her family’s history, discovering a tragedy in the past that explains so much of the present. This unforgettable story is one of hope, healing, and the discovery of truth.

Sometimes the untold stories of the past are the ones we need to hear...

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.


Somewhere and somehow, Katie Garrett’s life had taken a wrong turn, and now she has no idea how to get things back on track.

While Katie didn’t exactly love working as a package designer for Nickell, March & Co., she certainly hadn’t expected to see her job eliminated as part of a company cutback. Katie did love her husband Liam, but lately it seemed like the gulf between them was expanding and not contracting. Now with no job and a distracted-at-best husband, Katie isn’t exactly sure what she is going to do when she receives word that she has been named in her recently deceased maternal grandmother Margaret’s will.  With nothing really keeping her in Boston, Katie decides to head to New London, Texas to see exactly what her grandmother has left her. What Katie never expects she would find in the small, rural Texas town are the answers she never knew she needed about her family’s past as well as the keys she needs to unlock her own future.

Grant, pseudonym for award-winning novelist Sophie Littlefield, used the school explosion that occurred in New London, Texas on March 18, 1937 as the literary lynchpin for an unforgettable novel that not only explores the after effects of that tragedy on the town – and how it led to the idea of the “Daisy Children” — but also how much power the past has to affect future generations without us even knowing it.

Grant’s poignant and keenly observed story about family, friendship, and forgiveness is tempered with just the right measure of the author’s deliciously acerbic sense of wit. Once in a great while, a book comes along that is pure reading magic. The Daisy Children is exactly that kind of novel.

By: John Charles, ReaderToReader.com

Four generations of women, four generations of distrust, resentment and estrangement…like mother, like daughter, or so it seems. Katie Garrett, daughter of the youngest of the women seems like the one who stands a chance at breaking the pattern – if she can deal with her mother, Georgina. For now, Katie has left her home in Boston and headed to Texas to deal with the estate of her grandmother, Margaret, whom Katie barely knew. Georgina saw to that, and Katie followed in the footsteps of the women before her.

Margaret Pierson grew up in the shadow of her older sister, who was killed in a natural gas explosion that leveled an elementary school. Her parents, Caroline and Hugh never really got over the loss of their daughter, and although both remained fixtures in the community, life was never the same. Margaret’s choice was to rebel, and she did it with flare and little forethought, which brings the story to Georgina. Second verse, same as the first, or so it seems.

While The Daisy Children could just be a simple story of a troubled family over the years, it’s much more complicated than that. As the story unfolds, tantalizing hints of what Margaret’s rebelliousness cost her come to a climax, but it’s not till the end of the story that Margaret and Caroline’s relationship is explained. At that point the lines all intersect, the I’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. This is a story of love and loss, of betrayal and understanding, and most of all, it’s a story of hope and redemption for a family long broken and scarred. The Daisy Children is a well-written family drama, replete with love, loss and hope for better days ahead. Great beach reading – you won’t be able to put this one down!

By: Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com

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