Review by KT Sullivan
Christmas 1926 finds Daisy Forbes getting ready to spend the holidays with her family at Eden Hall, their country estate. Her grandmother’s snow globe is special to her. She and her father make a wish with it every Christmas. This Christmas will be different from all the rest because her father’s mistress has been invited to dinner, her mother wants a lover, and old family secrets will be revealed. Howard and Mabel, Daisy’s parents, are about to celebrate their twenty fifth wedding anniversary, but Mabel would prefer to travel without her husband. Iris, Daisy’s sister, smokes, wears trousers, drinks alcohol, owns her own successful shop, and lives in London. Daisy has decided to join her sister after her father’s affair is exposed. Daisy’s love life is a bit of a mess too. One man kisses her, another tells her he loves her, and yet another one proposes marriage. She’s hoping a change of scenery will put all in prospective. The year brings about revelations about the family and staff. The servant Daisy loves leaves town and returns as a successful writer. Will everyone be able to forgive and accept the changes around them?
This has an Upstairs, Downstairs feel to it because the servants’ lives intersect with the family’s lives especially because Daisy and Stephen plan to marry. It also brings in life after World War I. Young men died and the women still mourn. Men returned shell shocked from their experiences. Plus the change in attitudes about the class separation is more apparent. Nice touch of history in this sweet story.
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About the Author:
Judith Kinghorn was born in Northumberland, England, and grew up in the village of Warkworth, famed for its castle, featured in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I and painted by JMW Turner. She is a graduate in English and History of Art, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a former nominee of Woman of The Year. She lives with her family in Hampshire, England.
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