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Iend – a union both families have dreamed ofBut on the eve of their wedding war is declared and Daisy knows her life will never be the same aga As the eldest daughter and with a mama intent on improving her family s social position Daisy knew what was expected of her no matter how it chafed to behave as a lady ought and to marry soon and above all marry well But in 1912 Daisy s world stands on the brink of profound change and she cannot resist the siren call of the women s suffragette movement and its heady message of empowerment Daisy believes that campaigning to see women granted the vote is a worthy passion one that will allow her to make an indelible mark on the world and fulfill her closely held dreams of independence For while ambition outside of marriage may be unconventional in a woman it is the future Daisy craves far preferable to marrying her childhood best friend the wealthy and highly respectable Rupert just because their mothers have willed that it will be soBut Daisy s dreams of activism and her mother s of an advantageous marriage crumble when the their fortune vanishes and the family is left swindled their reputation in tatters Forced into exile into a modest country home far from the never ending whirl of London s social scene Daisy s eyes are opened to a world she never dreamed existed filled with social and professional possibilities she would have never known had her family remained ensconced in their privileged London lifestyle Even as Daisy puts her dreams on hold to care for her family her mother continues to push for a marriage to Rupert made all the critical as it promises to restore her family to solvency As Daisy weighs her heart s desires the world catapults toward an all encompassing conflict that threatens to to not only rob her of her dreams but destory any hope she has of a future When the specter of the Great War arrives at Daisy s door she s left with the greatest choice of all to embrace the brave new world being forged in the crucible of conflict to allow herself to forge a new path of her own making or to remain forever a pawn in the plans of others powerless to direct the destiny of her heart and lifeWhen the opportunity to review The Best of Daughters was presented I jumped at the chance Court is apparently a best selling novelist in Britain and a uick perusal of her novels on promised soapy engrossing historical reads essentially a Masterpiece costume drama in novel form Daisy s story dovetails nicely with the first two seasons of Downton Abbey and is tailor made to appeal to fans of the soapy Fellowes penned drama and those of a similar ilk But what The Best of Daughters lacks that its filmic counterpart has in spades is sharp compelling characterization For all one may take issue with Downton s plotlines Fellowes has a proven knack for crafting buzz worthy television with characters that love them or hate them viewers respond to passionatelyWhile I liked Daisy and applauded her desire to forge her own path in a world that proscribed strict social roles for women Court glosses over Daisy s character arc failing to provide any real depth to Daisy s struggle to balance her dreams with her familial obligations until the novel s final act The cross class romance with Bowman an appealing rake and auto mechanic is little than a blatant retread of the Downton SybilBranson romance only lacking any of the pairing s character or relational development not to mention chemistry For an allegedly critical turning point in her life Daisy s scandalous relationship with Bowman falls flat leaving one to wonder for most of the novel if Rupert wouldn t be better off without Daisy after allAlthough Daisy s characterization is uneven at best Court s secondary characters shine in comparison Beatrice Daisy s spoiled younger sister develops a surprising romance with a farmer horrors and Daisy s unorthodox friendship with her fellow suffragette turned maid Ruby is a bright spot of occasional humor but than that it serves as an effective vehicle for examining each woman s otherwise wildly disparate lifestyle While The Best of Daughters falls into the narrative trap of tellinginfo dumping vs showingnuanced characterization what Court does best here is suggest at a high level what a turbulent period of change her characters endured and the inherent possibilities in the same for women like Daisy who dared to dream of something I also appreciated how she brought to light aspects of history that receive little attention in either the general historical record or in fiction of this type such as the work of the FANYs First Aid Nursing Yeomanry during the Great WarWhile The Best of Daughters lacked the nuance and emotional depth I crave in historical fiction I am nonetheless thrilled to have discovered a new to me author whose work covers often ignored time periods and possesses a laudable scope and ambition though it may falter in the realization of the latter Through the lens of readjusted expectations having how experienced one of Court s novels I d characterize her work as historical fiction lite a soapy glossy look at a tumultuous time with an ambition seen in films than popular fiction in my experience Though the narrative is occasionally cumbersome too little showing the development of characters and relevant plot points Court touches on a variety of issues that readers with an interest in women s history will find fascinating from the FANYs to the eroding social barriers that allowed a friendship to develop between Daisy and Ruby While not uite captivated I am intrigued and will definitely explore Court s fiction further Nue eve of their wedding war is declared and Daisy knows her life will never be the same aga As the The Clan (Play to Live eldest daughter and with a mama intent on improving her family s social position Daisy knew what was A Fools Paradise expected of her no matter how it chafed to behave as a lady ought and to marry soon and above all marry well 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De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby encompassing conflict that threatens to to not only rob her of her dreams but destory any hope she has of a future When the specter of the Great War arrives at Daisy s door she s left with the greatest choice of all to Il piacere nel Medioevo embrace the brave new world being forged in the crucible of conflict to allow herself to forge a new path of her own making or to remain forever a pawn in the plans of others powerless to direct the destiny of her heart and lifeWhen the opportunity to review The Best of Daughters was presented I jumped at the chance Court is apparently a best selling novelist in Britain and a uick perusal of her novels on promised soapy Il disait qu'il m'aimait engrossing historical reads Drunk on the Moon essentially a Masterpiece costume drama in novel form Daisy s story dovetails nicely with the first two seasons of Downton Abbey and is tailor made to appeal to fans of the soapy Fellowes penned drama and those of a similar ilk But what The Best of Daughters lacks that its filmic counterpart has in spades is sharp compelling characterization For all one may take issue with Downton s plotlines Fellowes has a proven knack for crafting buzz worthy television with characters that love them or hate them viewers respond to passionatelyWhile I liked Daisy and applauded her desire to forge her own path in a world that proscribed strict social roles for women Court glosses over Daisy s character arc failing to provide any real depth to Daisy s struggle to balance her dreams with her familial obligations until the novel s final act The cross class romance with Bowman an appealing rake and auto mechanic is little than a blatant retread of the Downton SybilBranson romance only lacking any of the pairing s character or relational development not to mention chemistry For an allegedly critical turning point in her life Daisy s scandalous relationship with Bowman falls flat leaving one to wonder for most of the novel if Rupert wouldn t be better off without Daisy after allAlthough Daisy s characterization is uneven at best Court s secondary characters shine in comparison Beatrice Daisy s spoiled younger sister develops a surprising romance with a farmer horrors and Daisy s unorthodox friendship with her fellow suffragette turned maid Ruby is a bright spot of occasional humor but than that it serves as an Der ganze weg effective vehicle for Rich Habits Poor Habits examining El Metal each woman s otherwise wildly disparate lifestyle While The Best of Daughters falls into the narrative trap of tellinginfo dumping vs showingnuanced characterization what Court does best here is suggest at a high level what a turbulent period of change her characters The Ichneutae of Sophocles, with Notes and a Translation Into English, Preceded by Introductory Chapters Dealing with the Play, with Satyric Drama, an endured and the inherent possibilities in the same for women like Daisy who dared to dream of something I also appreciated how she brought to light aspects of history that receive little attention in Kana Pict-o-Graphix either the general historical record or in fiction of this type such as the work of the FANYs First Aid Nursing Yeomanry during the Great WarWhile The Best of Daughters lacked the nuance and Sienkiewicz. 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Despite her privileged upbringing Daisy Lennox has always longed to make something of her lifeShe is drawn to the suffragette movement but when h I absolutely loved this book By far my favourite Dilly Court novel so far because Daisy has such a different story to all the others Daisy has remained fairly privileged but chooses to help in the FANY for the war effort Highly recommended Green dog trumpet and other stories effort Highly recommended

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Er father faces ruin they are forced to move to the country and Daisy’s first duty is to her familyHere she becomes engaged to her childhood fr Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverThis novel is an exploration of the meaning of character and how upbringing companions and circumstance influence people s attitudes Historical fiction s strength is in how the themes reflect the book s time period The early 1900s in England continued the shift from a separation of noble and common born based on land ownership to recognition of skills and wealth with no ties to the landholders Those entering the military during World War I helped with this change because enemy fire doesn t care about social standing The suffragette movement also rose to prominence I think this novel successfully portrayed the mix of people who were changing learning to change and resisting the expansion of their social tiesDaisy the main character represents both those changed and resisting She is from the wealthy financial class and grew up alongside the local lord s son Her support of suffragettes makes her cross class lines on the other side befriending Ruby from the poor part of LondonHer attitudes are not as egalitarian as you might suppose however illustrating the complexity of early 20th Century class politics well This is never clearer than with Bowman Daisy dismisses him as a local handyman and therefore incompetent even when her noble friend sings the man s praises Things get complicated when she faces her physical reaction to this man and the problems it causesI don t want to give away the plot threads around each character but I ll provide a teaser The book brings World War I to life from both the volunteer nurses and soldiers perspectives It explores bravery and cowardice moral character and love and lust Only kissing occurs on screen with thought and implication revealing the rest Still the dangers of passion are very real while different conseuences apply based on gender and position We gain enjoyable and illuminating insights from how the characters handle various circumstancesThe book has its dark moments and the main characters don t always do the right thing but I came to know them enough to understand even their bad choices Daisy s need to be useful puts her in the middle of first the suffragettes and then the war itself The description of wartime makes the costs clear and not just on the front lines without dwelling on the gory aspects The story explores the power of grief both for those left at home and from the aftereffects of traumatic injury mental andor physical Nor is war the only suffering with conseuences raised The conditions of the lower classes the treatment of suffragettes and the aftermath of thievery hold a place within the many plot threadsI know nothing of the suffragette movement in England but the author talks about her research into this and WWI suggesting resources to learn Her portrayal feels true to the early 1900s and Daisy s understanding of the suffragettes is compelling even if she doesn t agree with all steps taken in the movement s name The portrayal of nursing and a woman s role in wartime is my favorite part of the novel in a lot of ways There were a few modern phrases but not enough to throw me out of the historical periodDaisy grows into her own person through the events in the novel and this growth offers a main plot to tie all the others into a coherent whole She learns the difference between infatuation and love how emotions can mature and how to value people for who they are rather than her expectations of them Her journey gives us a brilliant view of the many forces pulling at the lives and fabric of society in the early 20th Century Her search for purpose thrusts Daisy into the forefront of events that helped shape this time She does not stand separate These events impact Daisy and those she cares about making them affect us tooThe novel is an epic story about how people are their own worst impediments as well as the horrors of World War I It s petty at times and selfish then powerful and generous to an extreme This is a people story of a complicated era where social change destabilized the existing order and war tore everything apart Sometimes I despaired of Daisy s choices only to recognize the necessity of these steps in her life journey laterThe characters have many layers not all of them good making them complex and interesting Not every plot thread has the strength of the nursing and war ones but neither are they straightforward even when they might appear simple at first Also the romance thread while not the main one has elements of a second chances story a favorite trope of mine There s a lot to absorb in The Best of Daughters and I enjoyed my time among the characters A solid work of historical fiction focused on the role women played in society and World War IPS I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley some time ago then lost it for a bit 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  1. says:

    I'm not fond of Lady Mary I think she's uptight and makes choices for the wrong reasons but that doesn't deter me from watching and thoroughly enjoying Downton Abbey Just like my unsure feelings of this heroine Daisy didn't deter me from enjoying this novelIt's the eve of WWI and Daisy the daughter of wealthy parents fallen on hard

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    I absolutely loved this book By far my favourite Dilly Court novel so far because Daisy has such a different story to all the others Daisy has remained fairly privileged but chooses to help in the FANY for the war effort Highly recommended

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    Published March 1813Pages 448Publisher RandomHouse UK North AmericaPosting the 2nd book review in this March series for Women's History Month For this story we enter the era leading up to then WWI itself Author Dilly Court paints main characterDaisy Lennox as a strong willed young woman unwilling to settle for the status uo Her interest in the suffragettes is just the first ofunusual involvements Daisy pursue

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    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Best of Daughters reminded me strongly of four different works Upstairs Downstairs The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig Charles Todd’s Bess Crawford series and the very long shadow cast by Downton AbbeyThe World War I era has suddenly become very popular thanks to Downton Abbey but Upstairs Downstai

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    I have found a new favorite author – Dilly Court Dilly Court is an English novelist who writes wonderful romantic historic fiction I read The Best of Daughters while we were camping over Labor Day weekend and I loved itIf you are a fan of Downton Abbey like me you will appreciate the setting of The Best of Daughters Daisy Lennox is the daughter of a well to do stock broker growing up in Edwardian England She is rich

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    Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverThis novel is an exploration of the meaning of character and how upbringing companions and circumstance influence people’s attitudes Historical fiction’s strength is in how the themes reflect th

  7. says:

    This was my first introduction to Dilly Court I must say I was very pleased with this jump into a period novel I w

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    As the eldest daughter and with a mama intent on improving her family's social position Daisy knew what was expected of her no matter how it chafed to behave as a lady ought and to marry soon and above all marry well But in 1912 Daisy's world stands on the brink of profound change and she cannot resist the siren call of the women's suffrag

  9. says:

    A gripping tale of love loss and war with a worthy heroine1912 London Daisy Lennox has had a privileged life but

  10. says:

    tAnother brilliant story from dilly courtI chose this rating because all of her books are always brilliant the stories are always a