Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Daisy by Josi Kilpack

Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. And no one knows that better than Daisy. Raising two kids as a divorced, single mom, Daisy has faced each and every one of the obstacles in her life with courage and determination.
Now with her oldest daughter ready to have a baby of her own, her youngest daughter ready to graduate from high school, and her new husband, Paul, ready to embrace the life of an empty-nester, Daisy feels like she might finally be able to check "motherhood" off her list of things to do.
Except life often has a mind of its own. When, at age of forty-six, Daisy suddenly finds herself facing a very different future than the one she had planned--and an uncomfortable evaluation of the past she thought she understood--she realizes that there is still some growing up she needs to do.
Looking for a distraction to escape the growing tension at home, Daisy joins the Newport Ladies Book Club, where she meets Paige, Athena, and Olivia--unlikely friends who offer encouragement and support when Daisy's perfectly crafted life is turned upside-down.

First line:
"Would it kill you to take a day off, Daisy?" Paul asked over the phone.
Another addition to the Newport Ladies Book Club series. I love reading this series from different character's view point. This one is written by Josi Kilpack and I enjoy her writing.  
Daisy has had a rough life, starting off as a young, single mother who has a limited support system. She marries again, divorces and remarries a third time. She is looking forward to having the kids grown and out on their own so she can have time for herself. Through the story, Daisy alienates her daughter, offends her newer husband and sees nothing wrong with what she's doing or thinking. Then something happens that turns her world upside-down and she has to make another life-changing decision. Will her family and friends support her?
I never really connected with Daisy. I didn't care for her third husband either. I thought he was using her from the beginning. I wanted her to step up. I wanted better closure from her daughter and husband. The strange thing is I liked the ex and wanted to read more about him!
I enjoyed reading the same time setting as in Olivia but from Daisy's point of view. I admit, I did skim the book club discussions but I liked Daisy's thoughts on the other club members. She tried to be kind and gave compliments. She tried to think outside of herself and she felt better about herself.

Rating: PG
V: No
S: No
L: No

3 1/2 STARS 

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