Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Snow Globe
by Judith Klinghorn

Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 448
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Inside the glass orb was a miniature garden and a house. If she stared long enough, she could almost see the people inside. But whether they were trapped there, or kept safe, in that miniscule snowbound world, she couldn't have said... 

Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen-year-old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family's country estate in Surrey, England. But when Daisy, the youngest of three daughters, discovers that her adored father, Howard, has been leading a double life, her illusions of perfection are shattered. Worse, his current mistress, introduced as a family friend, is joining them for the holidays. As Daisy wrestles with the truth, she blossoms in her own right, receiving a marriage proposal from one man, a declaration of love from another, and her first kiss from a third. Meanwhile, her mother, Mabel, manages these social complications with outward calm, while privately reviewing her life and contemplating significant changes. And among those below stairs, Nancy, the housekeeper, and Mrs. Jessops, the cook, find that their long-held secrets are slowly beginning to surface...

As the seasons unfold in the new year, and Daisy moves to London, desires, fortunes, and loyalties will shift during this tumultuous time after the Great War. The Forbes family and those who serve them will follow their hearts down unexpected paths that always return to where they began...Eden Hall.



Kritters Thoughts:  A historical fiction and a chick lit combined to make this book a great girlie read.  Daisy Forbes the main character and youngest daughter of the family, is ready for her life to start and not sure if it is her love life or a professional independent life, but just ready for it to start.  She has watched her two older sisters take one of the above paths and she isn't sure what she values more, but is ready for the next step in her life.

Daisy was a fine character.  She wasn't extraordinary and gets caught in the love triangle of sorts, but for some reason I definitely wanted to find out with whom she would end up and how she would get there.  Daisy was a likeable character, but I loved how she was surrounded by unlikeable characters.  The very large cast of secondary characters were more entertaining then Daisy and I wouldn't mind a spin off story with her sister Iris, she was one to watch!

Usually I like my historical fiction to have a little more historical moments, but because I also like the chick lit genre this book still worked for me.  It is hard to categorize this one in the historical fiction field, but it is set in 1926/27, so technically, but don't read this one for its historical value. 


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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