In 1937, in the town of New London, Texas, seven hundred children
perished in a schoolhouse explosion. One of those children was Ruby
Pierson, whose death is destined to affect the next four generations of
mothers and daughters as well as turn the familial relationships upside
down. Fast forward to the 2000s, when Katie Garrett is estranged from
her mother's side of the family as well as her grandmother, Margaret
Pierson, who happens to be Ruby's younger sister and was born about
nine months after the school explosion. Margaret has recently passed
away and in her will, she has bequeathed a lot of her treasures to their
family, including Katie, who in turn learns more about the family than
her mother, Georgia, has kept from her. What untold secrets will Katie
discover about her family? And will these secrets bring Katie closer to
her family or will they drive her further away?
Prior to reading THE DAISY
CHILDREN by Sofia Grant, I have never heard of this particular
event, (and I happen to live in Texas, by the way). So for a historical
fictional aficionado, THE DAISY
CHILDREN was a goldmine of information, as well as a story of the
effect a tragedy has upon a family. To be honest, I loved the sections
with Margaret a lot and I enjoyed traveling with her from the 1940s to
the 1970s. I also loved the consistency of the story and of how the
secrets are hinted at but never explicitly revealed until the end. I did
wish to see more of Georgia's point of view throughout her own
THE DAISY CHILDREN also
seemed to me a love letter for women and their strength to endure and
bounce back during difficult times, as well as the importance of
kindness to others. Unlike in many women's fiction, I tend to read, while
romance does play a role, in THE
DAISY CHILDREN, romance takes a lesser role, meaning it doesn't
dominate the story, instead letting the psychological explorations of
Margaret Pierson and her granddaughter Katie Garrett shine.
For readers who are seeking a wonderful tale of how catastrophe
impacts a family, along with the famous dual storyline of past and its
effect on the future, and the realism of characters throughout the
times, THE DAISY CHILDREN by
Sofia Grant should be able to satisfy those needs and then some.
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
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.