Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: A quick, easy read about love and what it means to be family.
**I received this novel from the publisher, William Morrow, in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed were not influenced by this transaction.**
When Katie Garrett discovers that she’s received an inheritance from a grandmother she barely knew, it could not have come at a better time. Having just lost her job, Katie leaves behind her increasingly estranged husband and flies to New London, Texas, where she meets her cousin, Scarlett. Katie and Scarlett could not be more unalike, but they form an unmistakable bond as they sort through their grandmother’s house and discover family secrets hidden in the house for decades that will change their lives forever.
The Daisy Children is first and foremost a fictionalized account of the aftermath for one family after the deadliest school disaster in American history, the gas explosion of the New London School in 1937. Alternating between Katie, the granddaughter of one of the babies born immediately after the explosion (dubbed a daisy child), and Margaret her grandmother, The Daisy Children explores the relationships between mother and daughter, the secrets they keep from one another, and the consequences.
This book is a three-star read because the first third-to-half of the book drags and made me feel like I was stuck in Katie’s-worst-day-ever with no end in sight. That’s right, almost an entire half of the book covers one and a half slow days. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed The Daisy Children. It was a quick and easy read, and Grant sucked me into the characters’ lives, eventually. I loved learning about this little-known disaster, and I loved how Grant explored the mother-daughter dynamics across three generations.