Wednesday Daughters by Meg Clayton

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Summary from Goodreads:

Meg Waite Clayton, nationally bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with a compassionate, wise, and enthralling new novel of mothers and daughters, best friends who become family, and secrets and dreams passed down through the generations.

It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called themselves “The Wednesday Sisters”—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows nearly nothing about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are friends Julie and Anna Page, two other daughters of “The Wednesday Sisters,” who offer to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects. Yet what Hope finds will reveal a tangled family history—one steeped in Lake District lore.

Tucked away in a hidden drawer, Hope finds a stack of Ally’s old notebooks, all written in a mysterious code. As she, Julie, and Anna Page try to decipher Ally’s writings—the reason for their encryption, their possible connection to the Potter manuscript—they are forced to confront their own personal struggles: Hope’s doubts about her marriage, Julie’s grief over losing her twin sister, Anna Page’s fear of commitment in relationships. And as the real reason for Ally’s stay in England comes to light, Hope, Julie, and Anna Page reach a new understanding about the enduring bonds of family, the unwavering strength of love, and the inescapable pull of the past.

 

 

Will old journals help a daughter and her friends find out about a woman they admired and loved? Will those same journals provide life lessons and advice for the women?

 

Hope, Julie, and Anna Pages- daughters of the ladies writing group called Wednesday Sisters, arrive in Lake District to see where Ally (Hope’s mother) had spent her last years working on the unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter. As Hope looks around the cottage, she realizes she has no clue, no idea as to how her mom spent her life here- she only has her unpublished work. However, that may reveal more about Ally than all the conversations in the world.

Each of the daughters, while searching the cottage for information about Ally, also find themselves questioning things about their own lives- marriage, the loss of a twin, and fear of commitment. The search for answers about Ally makes Hope, Julie, and Anna Page face their own fears about their life. With a stack of notebooks written in an encrypted code, the ladies begin a search for not only who Ally was, but who they, they daughters of the Wednesday Sisters, are.

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

The Wednesday Daughters, the follow up to Wednesday Sisters by Meg Clayton, is a tale of mothers, daughters, secrets, love and dreams. While a reader is not required to read Sisters before Daughters, after reading Wednesday Daughters before Wednesday Sisters, I highly recommend reading in order. It will better acquaint you with characters, storyline and flow. Overall, while Wednesday Daughters was interesting and had a bit of story magic- for me, I did not love it as I thought I would. Perhaps it’s because I did not read the original yet. The writing was not the problem- it was more sometimes I felt a disconnect with the characters- which may be simply because I had not read Sisters first.

 

*This copy was requested through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

 

 

Thursday Mashup

It’s a lot of reading lists popping up, some e-books on sale, and some reviews…. It’s Mashup style!

 

Summer Reading Lists

3, count them 3, reading lists have popped up the last few days- and have mercy- they all have some great sounding books (and none of them are mentioning the same books! So no belly-aching saying “I don’t know what to read this summer” because book lovers- you are in for some treats!

Great Thoughts has posted their reading list with 20 books- The Best Books to Read on Memorial Day Weekend– and it’s got some great ones!

I’ve read and reviewed 2 that made the list: The Affair and The Other Typist.

And Reconstructing Amelia, the book we are reading at Traveling With T for the inaugural Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club also made Great Thoughts list! So pick the book up, join in on the fun at Traveling With T and let’s read! HERE is the reading schedule for Reconstructing Amelia!

Jen Lancaster has posted her (Early) Summer Reading List– and Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler made that list!

Deep South Magazine has posted a teaser of their Summer Reading List (the rest will be revealed in June). Of the 5 books, I own 3 and have read 2- so I must have good taste, right? 😉

My review of Topped Chef has been posted, I’ve read; but currently working on my review for Looking for Me (get the Kleenex folks!) and I have The Cherry Cola Book Club– but have not read (YET). I did meet Ashton Lee and HERE is my post about that memorable experience!

 

E-books on Sale:

Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters is currently on sale for .99! 99 cents! That’s cheap! If you haven’t bought it, get it! If you have it in paperback, but have a Kindle or Nook- buy it for that just in case you get the hankering to read it again and you are on vacation or something. Got a book club? Consider being generous and buying everyone a copy so they can see what the fuss is about.  Got a family member graduating? Give them the gift of reading by getting them this e-book (bonus points for generous spirit if you buy them the e-reader device as well.)

 

Assignment today: Go check out the reading lists, grab that 99 cent e-book and report back what book you are excited to see make a reading list!