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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 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 beautiful and privileged but she wants out of life She joins the suffragette movement to fight for woman s rights but she finds her world soon crashing down when her father s business partner leaves the country with all of the firm s money Daisy seeks to reinvent herself in the country and finds herself physically attracted to Bowman the mechanic that is fixing her father s car She also finds that the entire neighborhood is under Bowman s spell Daisy s mother s dream is that Daisy will marry her childhood friend Rupert While Rupert is wonderful and attractive Daisy finds herself wishing for the spark that she finds with Bowman WWI soon intervenes and Daisy finds herself making hard choices but also doing the best that she can for her friends and her familyI loved the twists and turns that the novel took with the fate of Daisy and her friends and family I had a very hard time putting this book down I m just glad it was a vacation weekend I loved the romance but I really loved the setting and the hard realities that WWI put everyone through Having Daisy as a nurse on the front experiencing it first hand was a wonderful narrative but it was also sad to read at times As WWI drifts further back in time it s easy to forget the horror that it really wasI read The Best of Daughters as part of the TLC book tour For on this book and The Lady s Maid check out the TLC website you cannot buy a hardcover copy of Dilly Court s books in the United States The good news is that you can purchase eBooks of her novels at the following siteGreat British Reads Historical and Contemporary eBooks from across the pond review was originally published on my blog at Her Small-Town Hero you are a fan of Downton Abbey like me Red Tail (Travis Trilogy 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 beautiful and privileged but she wants out of life She joins the suffragette movement to fight for woman s rights but she finds her world soon crashing down when her father s business partner leaves the country with all of the firm s money Daisy seeks to reinvent herself in the country and finds herself physically attracted to Bowman the mechanic that is fixing her father s car She also finds that the entire neighborhood is under Bowman s spell Daisy s mother s dream is that Daisy will marry her childhood friend Rupert While Rupert is wonderful and attractive Daisy finds herself wishing for the spark that she finds with Bowman WWI soon intervenes and Daisy finds herself making hard choices but also doing the best that she can for her friends and her familyI loved the twists and turns that the novel took with the fate of Daisy and her friends and family I had a very hard time putting this book down I m just glad it was a vacation weekend I loved the romance but I really loved the setting and the hard realities that WWI put everyone through Having Daisy as a nurse on the front experiencing it first hand was a wonderful narrative but it was also sad to read at times As WWI drifts further back in time it s easy to forget the horror that it really wasI read The Best of Daughters as part of the TLC book tour For on this book and The Lady s Maid check out the TLC website Promises in Tumble Creek you cannot buy a hardcover copy of Dilly Court s books in the United States The good news is that Mischief and Marriage you can purchase eBooks of her novels at the following siteGreat British Reads Historical and Contemporary eBooks from across the pond review was originally published on my blog at

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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 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 times is trying to decide just who she is The world is changing She must change with itThere s only one servant throughout the story really so the novel is missing that strong DA feel as far as mingling with the hired help and there were no side dramas with them we could get really lost in No Bates in jail no Anna being raped no housekeeper with breast cancerThe one girl Ruby does get into some trouble though the kind you d expect back then I won t get into itRuby and Daisy also develop a friendship that starts in their suffragette days And here is one of my big disappointments the blurb promised me a suffragette or at least made me feel I would get some suffragette story It s only in the beginning of the story and is such a small amount it doesn t feel worth mentioning I feel a bit ripped off in that aspectI liked Daisy sometimes and others she just plain confused me Perhaps that s supposed to be as she seems confused by herself and her feelings as well What is this strong attraction she feels to a cad Does she believe in dividing the social classes She says no but her actions and snootiness often say yesShe s afraid of the sight of blood yet joins the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry She passes out in the butcher shop yet assists a girl having a stillbirth with no trouble Umyou see my point She confuses meDisappointment number two I did not know about the FANYs and was excited that this novel brought them up It was an all female unit that participated in intelligence work and nursing during WWI During the war they drove ambulances and ran hospitals and clearing stations I guess they were somewhat like our Red CrossI had hoped the book would get into this further that we d have actual scenes of this part of Daisy s life but instead the novel glosses over these bits uickly tells in about four pages that she did this and that readied a hospital tended the wounded wrote letters remained unscathed after everyone around her contracted dysentery drove an ambulance etc There was so much that could have been a story on its own but instead the author chose to focus the actual scenes on Daisy s imagined romance with a cad her maid s stupidity and Daisy s engagement to her childhood friend The FANY stuff was just told to us as uickly as possibleFull review here

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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


10 thoughts on “The Best of Daughters

  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 times is trying to decide just who she is The world is changing She must change with it

  2. says:

    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 D

  3. says:

    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 t

  4. says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Best of Daughters reminded me strongly of four different works Upstairs Downstairs The Ashford Affai

  5. says:

    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 beautiful

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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

  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 was fascinated with the way that Dilly was able to use accurate verbiage throughout her descriptions and found myself looking up a few words here or there When the words are added simply to push it onto the r

  8. says:

    As the eldest daughter and with a mama intent on improving her family's social position Daisy knew what was expected of her

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    A gripping tale of love loss and war with a worthy heroine1912 London Daisy Lennox has had a privileged life but feels something is missing She longs to join the Suffragettes Alas her first attempt ends in disasterWhen the family fortunes disappear they are facing ruin and have to move out of London Here Daisy finds herself runnin

  10. says:

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

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