Daughters

Daughters

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that all mothers want to see their daughters happily settled.

But for Lara, mother to Maudie and stepmother to Jasmine and Eve, realising this ambition is proving far from easy.

With Eve's upcoming wedding, Lara has enough to worry about, without also contending with an ex-husband embarking on a new marriage and the surprising, late-blooming developments in her own love life.

And when she begins to fear that Eve is marrying a man who will only make her unhappy, and Maudie reveals something that shocks the entire family, Lara faces the ultimate dilemma. Does she step in and risk the wrath of her daughters? Or does she stand by and watch them both make what she fears will be the biggest mistakes of their lives?

Praise for Elizabeth Buchan's novels-

'Gorgeously well-written - funny, sad, sophisticated' Independent

'Beautifully observed, with the insight and humour that one has come to expect from the author' The Times

'Compelling, compassionate, and aglow with moments of laugh-or-cry humour' Mail on Sunday

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780718157999
0718157990
Branch Call Number: FIC Bucha 6939
Characteristics: 432 p

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branch_reviews Nov 03, 2012

Daughters is the complicated tale of mother Lara’s attempt to get through the drama and stress of her daughter Eve’s upcoming wedding. Why is it complicated? Because Lara isn’t technically Eve’s mother, but she’s been raising her since Eve was an infant after Eve’s biological mother Mary died during the birth. Eve’s older sister Jasmine was also only a toddler when Lara met their grieving widowed father Bill. Lara took the girls on as her own children and became the only Mum that they really had ever known. Flash forward a few years and a half-sister Maudie is born to parents Lara and Bill. Jealousy and insecurities arise in the older sisters when they realize Lara has a real daughter now. Does she love Maudie more? A heartbreaking still- birth to a fourth child, Louis, causes a breakdown in Lara and Bill’s marriage, and Bill chooses to walk out and leave all three girls with Lara. His new girlfriend at the time, Violet, doesn’t want children. Back then it was an easy choice for him. Now, its fifteen years later, and they must all come together for Eve’s wedding, including now Sarah, Bill’s girlfriend of ten years, with whom he has just inherited a new house, and does Eve want the wedding there? Anger, bitterness, jealousy, and many unresolved matters all come into play as all the parties try to come together for the sake of Eve’s wedding. Reviewed by DH

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