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Posted August 2, 2012
Daisy is the second in the delightful book series "The Newport Ladies Book Club". Each of the women in the book club come together with a problem in their lives, and a need to find some time to get away and spend time – both in reading the books the club chooses, and some time away interacting with others, leaving their problems behind for a short time. It is nice how you get to watch true friendships grow, and how the problems in the character’s lives work out! And, as with Josi Kilpack’s culinary series, when Daisy cooks, you get the recipe too!! I enjoy learning even more about the characters by reading the other books in the series, and each story building on the other. It is always fun to listen to these books on CD too!!
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Posted June 13, 2012
My heart goes out to Daisy. Do you ever feel like nothing is going the way you planned? If you understand the feeling, you can relate to Daisy. She is a remarkable character, flawed though she may be, who is just trying to be a good mom, wife and business woman. We all know how that juggling act can go. Through all her highs and lows, she discovers a thing or two about womanhood and friendship. When things don't go the way we planned, we get by with the help of true friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2012
Daisy by Josi Kilpack #2 in The Newport Ladies Book Club series
Daisy is not at all what I expected. I'm not sure what I expected. She is a very complex character with a lot of back story. She is so well drawn that I really didn't like her. In the beginning of the book, Daisy is very self-absorbed, and the center of her own little universe. I soon realized that Daisy's annoying frailties were the result of the author's finely crafted character development. I wasn't told Daisy was self-absorbed. It was shown through her actions.
Somewhere around chapter 34, I found myself not only sympathizing with Daisy, but tears actually welled up in my eyes with each problem she faced.
I didn't think I would like her mother very much because of Daisy's perception, but once I met her, it was another example that there is always more than one side to every story. I usually save judgement until I meet someone myself. When I finally met Daisy's mother and heard her side of things I liked her very much. I realized Daisy still hadn't grown up, even though she is 46.
With a character like Daisy, it's easy for me to believe that her reality is the only one that counts. By the end of the book, I knew Daisy still had a rough road ahead of her but she had grown up some and I was left feeling hope for her.
So Olivia, Daisy, Paige, and Athena are written, but what about Ruby? As the matriarch of this little group, she is the most complex character of all. Who is going to write her story? I hope the series will continue for another year, so we can get to know them all.
Posted May 29, 2012
One of the things about the Newport Ladies Club is it removes the cliche “The woman is always right.” Yeah, both Olivia and Daisy have “the man is wrong” in them. I like the fact that we have imperfect women and, more than anything, it’s okay they’re imperfect.
Is it bad to want to scream at a character and ask “What on Earth is your problem?” or “Grow up, Moron!”? No? Okay, cause I wanted to do that with Daisy. The thing about Daisy that was a little disappointing is I already knew what was happening to her having read Olivia. Was that a major problem having some things spoiled for me? I gotta say, in a way it was. On the same token, knowing all the negative things that would happen to Daisy made me wonder how she reacted to them.
The thing that made me really enjoy the story was Daisy’s bff-like relationship with Paige. In reading Olivia, I judged Paige to be this mousy, spineless little girl. In reading Daisy, I learned I was grossly mistaken. Let me just state, I wanted to yell “Go Paige!” for one of her acts.
One thing we know about Daisy early on is she has two daughters, one of which is about to have a child of her own. Now, this is a sem-spoiler alert. Daisy has man issues in the book (but not romance book man issues, thank goodness). Regardless, if I had written this book with these characters, I would have had Daisy end up with her ex-husband, Jared. Sorry Daisy (or Josi), but that man is an unsung hero.
If I were to rate it on a scale of 5, I give it a rating of “Three failed relationships”. (Yes, that’s a 3 for those who don’t understand that comment and/or its humor. I found it funny.)
Posted May 22, 2012
Super! Delightful! Even better! The second book in the Newport Ladies Bookclub—Daisy, draws me on to the third and fourth, Paige and Athena, that aren’t out for several months yet. Rats. The presence of characters we have already met in the first book, Olivia, are so intriguing to me that I go back to that book on my shelf and reread the bookclub meetings where the characters are together. I love seeing the events from different points of view. I make a mental note to look in a future book to see the meaning of what Daisy observes. I want to know why Athena couldn’t come to the second bookclub meeting and I even hope to know the four other characters in the club better.
Josi Kilpack has crafted her finest novel yet with her character development of Daisy. The people Kilpack has created are lifelike, three dimensional, varied, and recognizable. As Daisy bumps into life’s events she is forced to look closely at her children and husband—and former husband for that matter—who don’t behave as she wants them to. But it’s the discussions at bookclub that make her look at her own responsibilities in her strained relationships. What she sees leads her to an eventual powerful realization of her inner self. Only then does truth win out.
The books they read—The Poisonwood Bible, My Name is Asher Lev, and Silas Marner feed the souls of the women and what they deal with in their own lives. The book discussions are lively and interesting and insightful and have led me to pick up more than one of the books to expand my insights of what is shared in Daisy.
Oh, it’s good. The twists and turns and human reaching out for human to make connections and develop relationships are so much a mirror of our human experience. All backed up the by the discussions at bookclub that shed light on what is really important in families and friendships.
I look forward to having all four books on my shelf so I can look at interactions both from the outside and the inside of each character. So far both authors have given distinctive voices to their work and yet melded it with the other book into a cohesive whole. Well done, Daisy and Olivia. Well done.
Posted May 22, 2012
I enjoyed reading "Daisy", the second installment of the Newport Ladies Book Club series. I could empathize with her anticipation of her last child leaving home and making plans for the future with her husband. Of course life usually doesn't always follow our plans!
One of the important themes in these books, in my opinion, is judgement. Daisy is guilty of judging all of the women in the book club. As she gets to know each one individually, she realizes that she has misjudged them all. It is a wake up call to me to think about how I might be misjudging others because I don't know their stories.
These books don't have fairy tale endings, but are resolved in a realistic way. I am looking forward to learning more about Paige in the next book.
Posted May 19, 2012
I enjoyed this second installment of the Newport Ladies Book Club. I was waiting to find out the background story of Daisy hinted at in the previous book. Once again I was part of the the book club and felt like shouting out my own opinions regarding the book they were discussing. I sat on several couches as a ghostly friend wanting to give comfort and support to Daisy. Thank you for a realistic read that highlights we are not alone in our struggles to discover our strengths and self awareness. We often forget to look around during our busy schedules and discover that good friends can be discovered where we least expect them. Insight into the fact that when we cross our comfort zone "line in the sand" and reach out to others, the unexpected rewards enrich and expand our own lives. Too often we don't think small acts of kindness and service would really matter. This story illustrates just how big the small things meant to Daisy and helped to shape her decisions. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and the additional stories behind the Book Club members!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2012
An Engaging Read
A well planned future . . . Who wants that anyway? Daisy is a middle age mother of a teenage daughter who refers to herself as “just Daisy.” Having made a good life for herself after struggling through a teenage pregnancy and a divorce, Daisy is thrown off balance when she learns that she is expecting a baby. With turmoil swirling around her, Daisy must deal with unexpected motherhood, again. As Daisy struggles through her difficulties, she slowly opens up to the different kinds of mothers she sees in her life and faces her own guilt and insecurities. From Daisy, I was reminded that not all mothers just love being mothers. Instead through Daisy I saw women being the best mothers they could despite difficult circumstances.
This second book in The Newport Ladies Book Club series works very well because Daisy is introduced to us from the perspective and freshness of a different author. I like that approach. The one negative about this approach is the repeat details about the book club meetings and its members. I know the purpose is to link the series together, but those parts seemed repetitive and old news in this second novel because I had already read them in Olivia. Also, I felt the ending lacked adequate resolution. Despite this, Daisy is a fast and engaging read.
Posted May 3, 2012
This is a wonderful story about the importance of friends and being a friend. Also, it was fun to learn about Daisy who was introduced in the first book of the Newport Ladies Book Club. You don't have to read these books in any order really, and each one can stand on it's own. Josie pulls you right into the story from the first page. I loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.