Sofia Grant comes to the blog today with a contemporary woman’s fiction title based on a near century-old tragedy in Texas. Please read on for my review of
The Daisy Children
In 1937 in the community of New London, Texas, a school exploded, killing nearly 300 children and teachers. One of the richest districts in the state, the school was located in the ‘oil rich’ area, the first with a lighted football field, and heated, not with a central system, but through individual gas heaters throughout the building. In a cost-cutting measure, the decision was made to ‘tap into’ another source: not illegal, but also not safe. Unfortunately, the worst happened, at the school exploded – killing nearly 300. Parents, grieving and lost often rushed to replace the lost children, and here is where our story begins, several years later as a ‘replacement child’ makes her mark after her death.
Mostly a story of Katie, granddaughter of Margaret, a replacement child, as she returns for a reading of Margaret’s will. Nothing in Katie’s trip is smooth, and she’s put into contact (again) with a cousin, Scarlett. The two are COMPLETE opposites: Scarlett seems to have followed the ‘family tradition’ in poor choices, while Katie’s marriage and considered choices are her watchword. But, she’s started to see (when she looks, infrequently) cracks in her own marriage, and this return may be a way to get answers to questions she’s always had. Perhaps Scarlett had them too?
Oh the search back through Margaret’s story was intriguing: a replacement child, she was indulged in ways that made a disagreeable and often angry person, unable to translate love onto her own daughter. Uncovering questions, answers and even discovering how similar she and Scarlett are: stubborn, entitled, perhaps a bit angry, the task with this novel is to understand the women and their choices, but I found empathy for their stories, or even caring deeply about them was more of a challenge. It wasn’t the choices, not really, it was the walls and obstructions both built with attitude and anger that held me at a remove. The dual story lines were intriguing, if not wholly engaging to me, and kept me reading.
Title: The Daisy Children
Author: Sofia Grant
Genre: Depression Era, Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Historic Elements
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 7 August, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 15 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: