Daughters

"The cold had come early this year. Arctic winds had swept in and the going underfoot was treacherous. She planted her feet carefully, and thought out each movement. The cold crept up the sleeves of her coat and her nose watered. Yet she enjoyed those still, morbid evenings..."

Mother-daughter relationships are almost always complicated. I mean, when I was a kid I adored my mom... When I hit puberty, I couldn't stop fighting with her... But when I turned 30, it all fell back into place... She is MY mom and nobody gives her hell except for me (I try not to). Elizabeth Buchan's novel, "Daughters", explores just about that : a mother's relationship with her daughters. Though this is not your average ordinary family... Lara is the mother/stepmother of three girls. Bill is the father/ex-husband. Maudie is Bill and Lara's daughter. Jasmine and Eve are Bill's daughters from his previous marriage (his first wife died after giving birth to Eve). Finally, Sarah is Bill's fiancée/new wife. That's one big, extended family all right! Lara has a lot of things on her plate... as a single mom to Maudie and stepmom to Jasmine and Eve, she tries to maintain a balance between her daughters while trying to keep a civilized relationship with her ex-husband.

Things get slippery when Bill marries his third wife, Eve turns into a scary bridezilla while planning her own marriage and Maudie makes a life-changing decision about her future. What's so great about this book is the diversity of characters : Lara is the loving, (over)protective mom. Jasmine is the peacemaker of the family (that comes in handy when Eve turns into a total b*tch) and Maudie is a bright, strong and opinionated young woman. The bride to be, Eve, was my least favorite character - controlling, pushy, ungrateful... but really vulnerable at the same time. All in all, it was a great read. Quite funny at times but also heartbreaking when the characters struggle to overcome their personal fears and face their skeletons in the closet in order to move on to a happier place. Shouldn't we all?

Have a lovely day! 

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admin is Fali’s Senior Editor. Arleen has been writing professionally for over 10 years. From 2005-2015, she covered the advertising and marketing industry for Majalah Dewasa.

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