Friday, November 18, 2016

The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter
by Lauren Willig

Genre: Historical fiction

Synopsis:  Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his-and her half-sister's-charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé...
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Review:  I found this book on the new audiobook section at my library and was intrigued by the premise not realizing that I had added it to my to-read list a year and a half ago!  As I started listening to the book, I was trying to figure out if I really cared.  Rachel seemed to be whiny, immature, and demanding of other people.  I also thought that some of the events and attitudes did not seem to fit with the time of the book but perhaps I just don't know what England society was like in the 1920s.  Sometimes I thought I was back in the 1800s in England.  There was not enough story to make this book move along quickly.  Once you get to the end, the story changes to be a romance and there was really nothing leading up to the end that would make you think the Rachel was romantically involved with someone.  Everything didn't connect in this story for me.

Rating: 2 stars

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