Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Other Daughter - #BookBeginnings on Friday and The #Friday56

     What if your past was a lie? How far would you go to confront the father who you believe had died but, in reality, had abandoned you and your mother? In The Other Daughter, the main character takes on a new identity and insinuates herself into London society with a goal of exposing her father. But as in so many good stories, things aren't always as they seem.
     I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, enjoyed a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich, and adored the descriptions of their clothes. The plot kept me engaged, too. I'll look for more books by this author.
     This is another book I came across at the library.

Genre: Historical Romance
Book Length: 310 Pages (trade paperback)
Amazon Link: The Other Daughter
Author Website: Lauren Willig

Book Beginning:
     "Can we go look, can we go look, can we go look?" Eight-year-old Amelie tugged at Rachel's hand, pulling her toward the stairs.
     "I don't see what the point is of looking at a party you can't go to," said thirteen-year-old Albertine crossly.
     "English, please," said Rachel automatically.
     The girls were meant to speak English when they were with her; the countess had been very clear about that. If it was a rule Rachel enforced somewhat selectively, that, she decided was a matter for her own conscience.

Friday 56 (from page 156 in trade paperback):
It had only been leased, not owned. As, apparently, had her father, and her name, and everything else she had believed to be hers. A feeling of raw panic subsumed her.

Synopsis (from Amazon):
Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage... and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three months before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter--his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past--even her very name--is a lie.
Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his--and her half-sister's--charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple as it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé...
           

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27 comments:

Bev Bouwer said...

Sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoy. Today I'm sharing an oldie - 1984 by George Orwell.

Breana M. said...

This seems like an interesting book. Enjoy your current read.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing...and helping me add another book (and author) to my list. Here's mine: “A SEPARATION”

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds good. I loved Willig's Pink Carnation series. This week I am featuring Justice Calling by Annie Bellet. Happy reading!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Wow, the 56 sure says a lot. How sad. Thanks for sharing with us! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB and 56 . . . http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsRTD

JC Jones said...

Sounds like a winner.

Laura Thomas said...

I enjoy stories like this. You know the character doesn't have all of the facts and goes by their own interpretations. It makes for an intriguing read to see what happens, good and bad.

My Friday 56 from Through Glass

Maria said...

I really like the sound of this book and find that Ms. Wittig is a talented author -I'm adding this to my list. Here's my Friday meme

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Sounds good, so I went to my library's website and put it on reserve. Thanks.

Swati Rohidas said...

This looks very interesting! I am adding this one to my TBR.

Happy reading ... Thanks for visiting my blog

sherry fundin said...

Love Amelie's enthusiasm.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

Francia Martins said...

Sounds like an intriguing book. I would probably just ignore the cur and go on with my life. But then no one would write a book about me. Thanks, Sandy! I'll look for this book at my own library. I love libraries and the treasures I fine there.

fredamans said...

Sounds like a very good read! Happy weekend!

Gilion Dumas said...

Sounds like a good story. What time is it set in?

Thanks for joining in on BBOF!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The story takes place in the post-World War I era.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's a classic!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I haven't read the Pink Carnation series, but I'll look for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love libraries, too! Thanks for leaving a comment, Francia.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a good read.

I have never read a book by Lauren Willig, and I see that I am missing some good books.

I did read The Forgotten Room that she wrote with other authors, and I LOVED it.

Thank you for sharing, and have a great weekend.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Book Beginnings

Chanda @ Chanda Reads said...

That's an interesting plot!

Laura Thomas said...

Sorry! I left the wrong link!

My Friday 56 from Odds and Ends

Katherine P said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I really loved it too! The wardrobe descriptions were amazing and of course I liked the rest of it too!

Kelly Marshall said...

Looks quite interesting, Sandy. I have too many books stacked up right now, but might make my way back to this one in the future. You pick great books.

Mareli Thalwitzer said...

Thanks for sharing this one Sandra! I am looking for a few good books to read and this one will definitely tickle my fancy. Happy weekend!

Clare Stone said...

I've enjoyed other books by this author but never read this one! Definitely adding it to my wishlist!

Alicia AKernelofNonsense said...

Sounds so intriguing and a lot more complicated that the protagonist expected. Hop you enjoy your weekend!

Loreen @coffeeandcats said...

I love historical fiction. I'll have to put it on my TBR.