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women who called themselves “The Wednesday Sisters”—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows nearly nothing about her mother’s time there.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Wednesday Sisters, arrive in Lake District to see where Ally (Hope’s mother) had spent her last years working on the unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter.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looks around the cottage, she realizes she has no clue, no idea as to how her mom spent her life here- she only has her unpublished work.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.