The Best of Daughters Paperback
by Dilly Court
Despite her privileged upbringing, Daisy Lennox has always longed to make something of her life.
She is drawn to the suffragette movement, but when her father faces ruin they are forced to move to the country and Daisy's first duty is to her family.
Here she becomes engaged to her childhood friend - a union both families have dreamed of.
But, on the eve of their wedding, war is declared, and Daisy knows her life will never be the same again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 14/02/2013
- ISBN: 9780099562580
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Review by FHC
Posting 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 character,Daisy Lennox, as a strong willed young woman unwilling to settle for the status quo. Her interest in the suffragettes is just the first of unusual involvements Daisy pursues. Her sense of justiceinforms her life decisions and path she chooses. Well drawn and well researched,Dilly Court, reveals unique moments in Women's History.My Thoughts?Likeability of our MC, Daisy Lennox, is established early on in this story.Her attitudes and actions to those less fortunate are skillfully contrasted with the stiffly ruled and regulated uppercrust of her mother's society. Daisy's adventurous spirit inwillingly assisting a young suffragette ends in a misadventure that entwines the two for the rest of the novel. A saga covering a lengthy time span from 1912 to 1917. Daisy's discontent with the status quo leads her to pursue involvement, first with the suffragette movement - highly criticized for their use of vandalism - followed by introduction to the FANYS. Organized for women to train as nurses for the unwanted yet inevitable WWI, Daisy finds purpose beyond the expected round of socializing, partying, and entertaining of a woman of her societal class.When it is realized her father's business partner has absconded with the profits,the family is reduced to selling their London property, liquidating assets,and relocating to their rural summer home. Which just happens to neighbour lifelong family friends' property. An advantageous move for the family finances in general,for Daisy in particular. And for Daisy's young suffragette friend, who is hired as maid of all work.For Daisy it's a direct connection with her childhood friend who wants more than friendship. The rest of the story unfolds beautifully for the remainder of the novel.Court has a particular warmth in her writing style - a caring for the characters - that kept me involved through tragedy and triumph. War descriptions preceding, during, and following, are authentic and emotionally involving. Particulars of this period of history are well researched. As is the wealth of information on the FANYS written into the story without any sense of documentary.It is an excellent story of love's endurance and redemption.Important topics of marriage, class distinctions, romantic and familial relationships,pregnancy, wartime, and personal values, are written with serious consideration.My appreciation to Dilly Court for sharing her creation of Daisy's story with us.**Appreciation to RandomHouse UK-North America for providing an ecopy for reading and reviews without compensation or obligation.Original review posted at FAITH HOPE & CHERRYTEA blog