The Newport Ladies Book Club: Daisy (Paperback)

by Josi S. Kilpack

Daisy
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Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. And no one knows that better than Daisy. Raising two kids as a divorced, single mom, Daisy has faced each and every one of the obstacles in her life with courage and determination.

Now with her oldest daughter ready to have a baby of her own, her youngest daughter ready to graduate from high school, and her new husband, Paul, ready to embrace the life of an empty-nester, Daisy feels like she might finally be able to check "motherhood" off her list of things to do.

Except life often has a mind of its own. When, at the age of forty-six, Daisy suddenly finds herself facing a very different future than the one she had planned—and an uncomfortable evaluation of the past she thought she understood—she realizes that there is still some growing up she needs to do.

Looking for a distraction to escape the growing tension at home, Daisy joins the Newport Ladies Book Club, where she meets Paige, Athena, and Olivia—unlikely friends who offer encouragement and support when Daisy's perfectly crafted life is turned upside-down.

Daisy is one of four stand-alone books, by four different authors, in the Newport Ladies Book Club series. Readers will be able to participate in a virtual book club that features recommendations and discussion guides.

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack began her first novel in 1998. Her seventh novel,
Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/
Suspense. Rocky Road is Josi’s nineteenth novel and the tenth book
in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and
children.

For more information about Josi, you can visit her website at
www.josiskilpack.com, read her blog at www.josikilpack.blogspot
.com, or contact her via e-mail at Kilpack@gmail.com.

For more information visit Josi’s fan page on Facebook. (Click Here)

Chapter 2

My alarm went off at 5:45 in the morning. One would think that in all the years of getting up early to help the girls get off to school, I’d be used to being up before the sun. I wasn’t. Paul slept through the alarm, as usual, and I glared at him in envy as I got out of bed, as usual, grabbed my robe off the hook by the bathroom door, and headed into the hallway, as usual. It’s not that I expected him to get up; I was just jealous he got to sleep in every morning and I didn’t.

I turned on the hallway light, which caused me to squint, and knocked twice on Stormy’s door before turning the knob and pushing it open. A pie-shaped field of light fell across Stormy’s bed. I waited to hear her moving around, but after six seconds, I heard nothing.

“Don’t make me turn on the lights,” I warned. She knew from experience that wasn’t an idle threat. I’d once resorted to a spray bottle with December—it had happened only once, though. My kids were quick learners.

“Okay,” she said from the dark recesses of her cave. It sounded more like “Oooayyyy,” but after all these years, I was fluent in groggy teenager.

Satisfied she was awake, I headed into the kitchen and, like a train on the track, began my daily routine. Start the coffee, switch the laundry I’d put in last night, empty the dishwasher, feed the stupid cat Jared had given Stormy without consulting me, check the home calendar, update my planner, remind Stormy to hurry, and then—once she was eating and I was assured we were on time—take a shower.

I only washed my hair every other day and today wasn’t one of them, so after I got out of the shower I put my golden-blonde locks in hot rollers that would achieve the big loose curls I loved and got dressed. Most women my age had given up any hairstyle that went past their shoulders, which might have been why I was determined to keep my hair long. It had always been thick, and I conditioned and colored it religiously to keep it in tip-top shape. So far, so good. While Stormy did her last-minute primping, I folded the laundry and cleaned the kitchen. I had this down to a science.

At 7:15 I hollered at her to double-check her backpack while I grabbed the keys out of the basket we kept by the phone.

“You know, if I had a car you wouldn’t have to drive me,” Stormy said, coming into the kitchen while she pulled up her backpack higher on her shoulders. She was dressed in black skintight jeans and a black-and-green striped T-shirt. Her eye makeup was too thick on her pale face for my tastes, yet she was stunning with her wide brown eyes—Jared’s—and her long blonde hair—mine. The car request had become a weekly topic of conversation that never ended the way Stormy wanted it to.

“You can’t al-ways get what you wa-a-ant,” I sang as I headed toward the garage.

Stormy narrowed her beautiful eyes but followed me into the garage and hit the button to lift the garage door, which squeaked as it rose on its tracks. She didn’t say anything until we were both in the car and I was looking over my shoulder so I wouldn’t hit an unfortunate paper boy on my way out of the driveway. “I’m, like, the only seventeen-year-old in Lake Forest who doesn’t have a car.”

“You’re, like, totally making that up,” I replied with exactly the same cadence. Stormy scowled, and I bit back the real reason she didn’t have a car: I was waiting for her dad to buy her one. I brought home a pretty good salary, but while Paul and I split household expenses, we kept our money separate. My daughter’s car as well as insurance, gas, maintenance, and whatever cute seat covers she had to have were most certainly my expense, and I couldn’t afford it unless I gave up something else. I liked my lifestyle the way it was and didn’t want to adjust. It didn’t help Stormy’s case that I’d grown up as the second of five kids and had worn my sister’s hand-me-downs until I finally had a job and could start buying my own clothes. Our family had one car, which Dad drove. The rest of us walked everywhere we went—like Jesus did, Mom told us when we complained.

I struggled to put myself through a couple years of college as a single mom after December was born, and when I married Jared, he managed the money, still hoping to be a famous actor one day. Budgets were tight. Eventually I was a single mom again, and every penny counted once more. I considered it a tribute to a good work ethic and a wise choice in my current husband that I could now live in a place like Lake Forest, a middle-class city southeast of Irvine, California. Buying a car for my daughter wasn’t high on my list of priorities.

“So the one-act plays are over?” I asked, changing the subject as we wound through the neighborhoods. The school wasn’t far away, less than a mile, and I knew I could make her walk, but I felt bad that she came home to an empty house every day. Driving her in the mornings helped absolve my guilt.

“Yeah, but tryouts for the school play are today. Is it okay if I stay after?”

“Sure,” I said. “What are you going to try out for?”

“I don’t know,” Stormy said, flipping down the visor and inspecting her makeup in the mirror again. She fixed a microscopic flaw in her green eye shadow. “We’re doing Grease, and the Thespians will get all the big parts.” The Thespian Troupe was a club for kids dedicated to acting. Stormy liked the performing arts, but she wasn’t a fanatic. “There are some fun musical numbers and things, so Tress and I are just going to see what we can get.”

“Good,” I said, glad to see her putting herself out there and having such great experiences. December had been the same way when she had been in high school, and I was proud to have raised two daughters who had avoided the pitfalls I hadn’t navigated so well. “I still marvel every time I go to one of your plays—the kids are so talented. It’s so different than the stuff my high school did.”

“I can only imagine,” Stormy said. She flipped up the visor as I turned in to the school parking lot. “But what can you expect when you have to weave the cloth for your own costumes and do everything by kerosene lamps?”

“Ha-ha,” I said, giving her a playful scowl. “Isn’t it a little early in the morning for old-people jokes?”

“It’s never too early for old-people jokes,” Stormy said, waving her hand elaborately and rolling her eyes with dramatic flair.

I slapped her arm playfully, then hit the automatic unlock on my door. “Get the heck out of here,” I said, pushing her with my right hand.

“Okay, okay,” she countered, just as playfully. She picked up her backpack. “I can take a hint.”

“Wub-oo,” she said once she was out of the car. She used to say that when she was a little girl and couldn’t articulate “love you.”

“Wub-oo too,” I said back. She smiled, shut the door, and then turned toward the school with her bouncy step and bouncy hair. Within seconds, her bouncy friends joined her, and I headed back home where I’d take out the curlers, put on my makeup, sip my coffee while I checked my personal e-mail, and then head out for another day at the office just as Paul was waking up. He was a computer programmer for a manufacturing company out of LA and had to spend only twenty hours a week in the office. The rest of his job he did from home. Lucky jerk.

“I have a good life,” I said out loud as I headed home, loving that I believed every word of it. It was even more rewarding to know that I had a good life on purpose, not by chance. I’d worked hard as a mom, an employee, and a woman to get where I was, and it had not been an easy journey.

My long-suffering Catholic mother often said “Who wants easy?” Growing up, I’d hated that phrase, and as life became more and more difficult, I came to despise it. It had been only the last few years—since marrying Paul and moving to Lake Forest, really—that I could appreciate the struggles I’d overcome. Maybe that’s how everyone was—grateful only after the hard stuff was over—but I still wanted easy, at least sometimes.

The rest of my day unfolded pretty much like every other day. I went to work, had lunch with a coworker, then got back to work. It wasn’t until I was on my way to the 405 that I remembered I was out of reading material since I hadn’t made it to the library yesterday. I considered going home by way of the library in El Toro, but then I saw the sign for the Barnes and Noble in the Spectrum Mall and decided I deserved a treat. In deference to my middle-aged waistline, I’d stopped rewarding myself with bagels and cookies from Efren’s Bakery and started treating myself to new books and pedicures instead. I was down eleven pounds from a year ago, so my plan seemed to be working, albeit not as quickly as I’d have liked. I took the next exit and looped around.

I spent the next thirty minutes browsing the store, looking for something that caught my eye. Joanne Fluke had a new culinary mystery—I liked those. But I’d heard a lot about The Hunger Games; Stormy had said she wanted to read it before she saw the movie. She’d inherited her love of theater from Jared and her love of all things fiction from me. I found the first book in the series and then practically tripped over the newest Sarah Elizabeth Phillips. After weighing all three books in my hands, I decided to splurge and buy them all. If Paul and I were going away in a few weeks, I’d need a book or two anyway. I hoped his comment about bringing a bikini meant we’d have a beach. I adored the beach, but for someone living in Southern California I spent a pathetic amount of time there.

Thinking about the weekend reminded me that I hadn’t talked to Jared or Stormy about Halloween yet.

Quickening my pace toward the registers, I texted Jared about the weekend plans; I hoped I could talk to Stormy about it before Paul came home. There was an older woman talking to the one open cashier. She was dressed in a banana-yellow suit—crease-fronted pants, a long vest that reached almost to her knees, and a pink-and-yellow patterned blouse. I suspected the suit was a polyester blend since it moved nice but looked heavy. She wore matching yellow sandals and dangly yellow-and-pink beaded earrings that swung when she moved her head.

I stood a polite distance away but couldn’t help overhearing.

“I’m sorry, ma’am,” the college-aged cashier said. “But we have a policy against outside advertising.”

“But the other bookstores were fine with putting out some of my fliers,” the woman insisted, brandishing a stack of half-sheet blue fliers. “And our first meeting is on Saturday. I really think your customers might like the opportunity to join my book club.”

I’d belonged to a book club several years ago, before the divorce, but it had been with a group of women from work, and I eventually couldn’t fit it into my schedule anymore. I still regretted having to give it up. I admired this woman for putting one together.

The clerk explained their policy again. The woman shook her head, sending her earrings into a frenzy, and finally stepped back from the counter. “Well, I guess we know which bookstore won’t be getting my business.” She turned and saw me standing there.

I offered her a smile so she would know I wasn’t annoyed with her occupying the only cashier.

“Do you like book clubs?” the woman asked.

It took a couple of seconds for me to realize she was talking to me. “Oh, me?” I said, just to make sure.

She nodded and took two steps toward me. The clerk shook his head apologetically; I smiled at him to assure him I was okay. No need for people to get uncomfortable.

“Yes,” the woman said. “I’m starting one and thought the best way to find members would be to have fliers at the local bookstores, but they say it’s against their policy. Don’t you think that’s actually a disservice to their customers?”

Oh boy. Was I supposed to agree with her? “Corporate decisions,” I said, hoping to find a safe answer. “And liability issues.”

“Liability?” the woman repeated, raising her penciled eyebrows. “What do you mean by liability?”

“Well, let’s say they put out some fliers inviting people to someone’s home, and then that person turns out to be a serial killer and the victim’s family sues the bookstore. Their insurance premiums would go through the roof!”

“You think I’m a serial killer?” the woman said flatly.

“Oh, no,” I said quickly as my face heated up, not even realizing what I’d implied. I looked past her to the clerk who was now biting back a smile while helping another woman who had passed me up when I hadn’t stepped forward in line. “No, I just, well, I sell insurance so I think about that kind of thing. But I didn’t mean to imply you’re a serial killer, just that, well, liability issues are a rising problem within our litigious society as a whole, and in order to protect themselves, companies sometimes have to make policies that protect them from possible litigation. The unfortunate result is that they are sometimes unable to support community projects, like your book group, due to the necessity of protection from malignant causes.” I was actually a little impressed with my quick explanation, and behind the woman’s intent expression, I thought she might be too.

She looked at the stack of fliers in her hand, peeled one off, and handed it to me. “I’d love to have you in my book club,” she said simply. “Do you have a pen?”

“Uh, yes,” I said, carefully. She kept staring at me so I opened my purse and took out a pen. She grabbed both the pen and the flier she’d already given me and scribbled something on the back.

“Here’s my address,” she said. “We meet this Saturday at seven o’clock. Feel free to bring a friend or two.”

“Oh, okay,” I said, rather confused at what had just happened.

“I’m Ruby,” she said, handing me back the pen and the flier. Finally, her expression softened and I felt myself relax. “And I’m not a serial killer, I promise.”

She turned toward the door and gave the clerk a triumphant look as she marched out of the bookstore, the rest of her fliers in hand. I waited until she’d disappeared through the first set of doors before walking up to the counter to buy my books.

“Well,” I said as I set my purse and my purchases on the counter, “that was interesting.”

“Don’t go.”

I looked up from my wallet and laughed at the stoic look on the clerk’s face. “You don’t think I should?”

“She’s totally going to poison your iced tea,” he said as he began ringing up the books. “And then I’ll have to testify about this whole exchange, your family will sue Barnes and Noble after all, and, like you said, our premiums will go through the roof. Just stay home.” He never once cracked a smile.

I laughed again and glanced at the doors before leaning over the counter conspiratorially. “I’m a wild woman. There’s no telling what I might do.”

Chapter 2

My alarm went off at 5:45 in the morning. One would think that in all the years of getting up early to help the girls get off to school,...

Chapter 1

“Would it kill you to take a day off, Daisy?” Paul asked over the phone. “Yes,” I said, glad he couldn’t...
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Great summer read!!!

by  Lucinda  -   reviewed on  May 16, 2012

Another winner in a new series. The newport Ladies Book Club. This installment was well written with wonderful detail. Dasiy is a 40 something women that has finely found a wonderful guy. They have been married for several years and have plans once her daughter leaves for college. When Daisy finds herself pregnant, something she thought could never happen, she finds what her life, family and relationships really are. Great summer read!!!

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Daisy-book 2 is great!!

by  Rachel  -   reviewed on  May 31, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Daisy” by Josi Kilpack which is book 2 of the Newport Ladies Book Club. I actually found it so enjoyable and relatable that I stayed up late just to be able to finish the book in one night. This book would be considered Christian Fiction but is not preachy or unrealistic in any way. I like that some of the same scenes in the first book “Olivia” were also in the book “Daisy” but obviously from another characters perspective. Because the book “Daisy” takes place during the same time span as the first book “Olivia”, I don’t think it would matter what order you reads these books, or if you even read all the books in the series. Of course, I don’t plan on missing any of the books in this series! :) I laughed and cried during the first book, and this second book didn’t disappoint. I absolutely can’t wait to read book 3!! If you want to find out more about this series, go to www.thenewportladiesbookclub.blogspot.com

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Enjoyed reading Daisy!

by  Kathy  -   reviewed on  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.

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Beautiful!

by  julie  -   reviewed on  April 26, 2012

Daisy is looking forward to being able to check off the motherhood box on her lifetime-things-to-do list. When she discovers she's not as close to being an empty nester as she had hoped, she also discovers that what she thought was life playing a cruel trick on her was really life offering her a second chance. Daisy joins a local book club with the hope that she can keep one part of her life normal. Through the friendships she cultivates with these women, she's able to uncover pieces of herself that she'd forgotten existed. Those pieces are exactly what she needs to have the strength to make the hard choices ahead of her. Daisy is a beautiful story of relationships, true friendship, and hard choices. It's a parallel novel to other books in the Newport Ladies Book Club series.

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Wonderful story of friendship

by  Wendy  -   reviewed on  May 03, 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.

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Defying Chick Lit Cliches

by  TJ  -   reviewed on  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.)

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WOW

by  Erin  -   reviewed on  May 04, 2012

Daisy is book number two in this great series. It is amazing to realize that every mom sees this experience in a different way. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to start ALL OVER. You think you are about to become free to travel, to vacation, to play, only to have the rug pulled out from beneath you. Then to lose the only support you had. It was heart wrenching to read at times, but love does pull us through. Jodi does a fantastic job telling Daisy's story. I loved it!! This is a great story that gives us not only a new story, but allows us a new glimpse into this ever evolving story. I love that we now get to see these women through the eyes of someone completely different. I love that the stories are all written by different authors. The writing is different, the feelings are different, the emotions are different. What a great premise.

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Fabulous!

by  Heather  -   reviewed on  April 16, 2012

"Motherhood is not for the faint of heart" starts off the backliner on DAISY. This novel is about so much more than motherhood, womanhood, wifehood, and friendship. It's a remarkable journey of a woman who is given a second chance--even though she doesn't know at first if she wants it. With things getting more and more complicated at home, she looks for something to do other than work and be a mom, so she joins a book club, hoping that she can have at least one thing that's sane and normal in her life. When Daisy first meets the women at the book club, she doesn't think she has much in common with them, but she soon learns that the differences bring them closer together. And Daisy is able to make some of the most important decisions of her life with their encouragement and support. A wonderful read by talented author, Josi Kilpack, who I believe is a master at characterization. DAISY is part of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. A 4-book series written by 4 authors.

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Newport Ladies Book Club Satisfies Again

by  LuAnn  -   reviewed on  July 15, 2012

I love Josi Kilpack's Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, and I loved the first book of the Newport Ladies Book Club series, Olivia by Julie Wright, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. We were first introduced to Daisy as we met Olivia and the other women in the forthcoming volumes of the series, though her membership in the book club. In the earlier book, we only learned the highlights of Daisy's situation, a nearly empty-nester, ready to take on being a grandmother, when a surprise happens that will once again change her life. I will admit it took me longer to get into Daisy's story than I thought it would, perhaps because I had so little in common with her, but by page 50 the story was sailing along and I looked forward to seeing how she tackled the problems that were being thrown at her. By the end, I was satisfied, although anxious to see what would happen in Daisy's future (which I'm hoping with come in later books in the series, which I also hope will have a long, happy future), and ready to revisit the same time frame and learn more about Paige and the new man who comes into her life.

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Newport Ladies!

by  Stephanie  -   reviewed on  May 31, 2012

First line: "Would it kill you to take a day off, Daisy?" Paul asked over the phone. Another addition to the Newport Ladies Book Club series. I love reading this series from different character's view point. This one is written by Josi Kilpack and I enjoy her writing. Daisy has had a rough life, starting off as a young, single mother who has a limited support system. She marries again, divorces and remarries a third time. She is looking forward to having the kids grown and out on their own so she can have time for herself. Through the story, Daisy alienates her daughter, offends her newer husband and sees nothing wrong with what she's doing or thinking. Then something happens that turns her world upside-down and she has to make another life-changing decision. Will her family and friends support her? I never really connected with Daisy. I didn't care for her third husband either. I thought he was using her from the beginning. I wanted her to step up. I wanted better closure from her daughter and husband. The strange thing is I liked the ex and wanted to read more about him! I enjoyed reading the same time setting as in Olivia but from Daisy's point of view. I admit, I did skim the book club discussions but I liked Daisy's thoughts on the other club members. She tried to be kind and gave compliments. She tried to think outside of herself and she felt better about herself.

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Loved the book until the last page.

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  June 28, 2012

I loved the unique story line in Daisy. I couldn't put the book down and loved every word of it until the last page. It didn't feel like the book was finished. I kept looking for an epilogue, but there was none.

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Great book in fabulous new series

by  Aimee  -   reviewed on  May 19, 2012

I'm so excited to be a part of the continuing reviews for The Newport Ladies Book Club. I love this idea of writing books that are set in the same point in time but from the life and view of four different ladies. Daisy is the second book released. Olivia was the first book. One of the great things about these books is that you can pick them up and read them in any order. I really loved Daisy. The book and the character. I think Daisy has the experiences and mind set that many women will relate to. I was pulled into her emotions and really felt for her. Rarely does life go the way we hope and plan for and Daisy's life is proof of that in bucket loads. She faces mistakes, misunderstandings, strained family relationships, betrayal and hurt but also new friendships, healing and hope. I hate to say too much or give too much away. The one thing I was sad about was the ending. I knew coming into this series that not every story had a happily ever after ending but I was hoping for at least some resolution. Daisy is just left hanging. I wasn't ready for the book to end. I wasn't ready to give Daisy up. I wanted more. I still want more. Maybe I'll get to hear more about Daisy later in another book? I really, really hope so. I need to know what happens with Daisy! You really ought to give this series a try if you haven't already. So far it's been fantastic! Paige is the next book in the series, coming out in August. Something fun to look forward to. I just love this concept of writing with the overlapping and connecting stories.

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Nice Second Installment in the Series

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  June 14, 2012

I recently read Daisy, the second stand alone book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series. Each book is written by a different author from the perspective of a different member of the book club. This one was written by Josi S. Killpack, the author of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series; one that I've spent many lovely hours devouring. As I read Daisy I found it to be an interesting experience--reading many of the same events but from another perspective. Daisy's life has it's own set of challenges, very different from those faced by Olivia in the first book. I like that these women in book club come to each others aid as the inevitable bumps in the road come along in their individual lives. Daisy was an enjoyable read. Paige is the next installment, due out in August. I'm looking forward to it!

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Touching look at motherhood.

by  Andrea  -   reviewed on  May 02, 2012

Book Two of The Newport Ladies Book Club series follows Daisy, a forty-something mother of two who is counting down the days until her youngest graduates from high school. She can't wait for this new "freedom", but encounters several HUGE bumps in the road. Part of coping with the changes in her life is done by joining a book club and making some new friends. Since each book in the series is the same story, but told from a different point of view, you have a general idea of what is going on with everyone. It is definitely interesting getting more details, and very tempting to pull out the first book to compare dialogue, etc. One thing that really stood out to me was how the books being read for book club really mirrored Daisy's life (in tone, not specifics). It made me think about how we have to find and make happiness in our lives. Motherhood has been on my mind quite a bit lately, what with my baby entering school this fall, so Daisy hit home in many ways. Although I'm very thankful that my life is nowhere near the depressing situation presented in this novel, it was a good read that made me want to reprioritize some things to make my relationships with my children more positive.

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A great read for all women!

by  Tamera  -   reviewed on  May 14, 2012

Wow! I can't even begin to imagine how Daisy felt getting pregnant for the third time without meaning to! Especially after trying to comfort a coworker who just had a failed IVF treatment! She was having a hard time with her teenage daughter and then to add a surprise pregnancy would be hard! Her oldest daughter was having her first baby at the same time too! Luckily she had a support group in the newly started book club. Without them, I'm sure she wouldn't have done well. Since I'm eight months pregnant, I could tell she was pregnant and was sad that she put off knowing as long as she did! She had a rough go of it with her family and husband. I really want to see what happens next! It was a wonderful way to learn more about the ladies of the group and lead into their individual books! It's amazing to me how well this book series goes together, with it being the same time frame and all! What an amazing group of writers! I'm looking very much forward to Paige and Athena! I'm also hoping we get to read more about all of the members of the book club, since they are all so very different! I love that it helps bring together a group of ladies that probably would have never been friends otherwise! This is a great clean book with hardly any LDS themes in it. Great for all!

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An Engaging Read

by  Susan  -   reviewed on  May 12, 2012

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.

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My Heart Goes Out to Daisy

by  Victoria  -   reviewed on  June 13, 2012

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.

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Poignant and moving. I highly recommend it.

by  Jennifer  -   reviewed on  May 17, 2012

Daisy speaks to all of us who aren't perfect mothers, and feel serious guilt about it. When she's just about to be an empty-nester, she finds out that she is expecting. Yikes! It puts a strain on her marriage, her co-worker, and her relationship with her kids. She finds out that this new developement is like seeing her life through a magnifying glass, and she doesn't like what she sees. I was so touched by the way Josi explored the complicated relationships in Daisy's life. It was so honest. Nobody is the mother they wish they were, and Daisy realizes that she has the chance to try again and be the mom she always wanted to be. The problem is that she has a lot of growing up to do. I ached with her as she agonized over her situation, and I cheered when she triumphed over the things that held her back. This book is an excellent example of the fact that we never stop growing, and no matter how old or set in our ways we are, there is always room to re-evaluate and improve. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

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A wonderful read

by  Nashelle  -   reviewed on  April 30, 2012

DAISY is an incredible story of a forty-six year old woman who cannot wait to "check 'motherhood' off her list of things to do". However, life never goes the way we expect it to and this is something Daisy remembers very soon as her plan for herself and her future changes. She is forced to reevaluate her past and humble herself to accept the help of women she hardly knows, but comes to love and depend on. Daisy's involvement in a local bookclub helps her form friendships and gather the courage to keep going on even when the rest of her life changes drastically and those she thought she could depend on leave her. Well-written and bursting with emotion, the author takes the reader on Daisy's journey to find a way to cope with the changes happening in her life. This book contained a story the likes of which I did not imagine, but one that I found myself unable to put down as I became involved in Daisy's struggles and triumphs. It was a fantastic read that reminded me that life is full of beautiful things.

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Good friends and Good books go hand in hand

by  Angela  -   reviewed on  April 27, 2012

I swallowed this book whole. After reading Olivia I had a clue what Daisy was going to experience and after meeting her in the other book I needed to join Daisy on her journey. She faced things I pray I never experience in my life, but feel I'm a better person for reading this book. I hope when other members of my church make choices that are different than what I'm taught I don't make them feel less of a person for their actions. Everyone needs a friend.

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Oh, it's good!

by  Kaye  -   reviewed on  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.

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Get to know Daisy

by  Brooke  -   reviewed on  August 10, 2012

Daisy is a forty-something soon-to-be empty-nester with a long bucket list of things to do once her youngest daughter moves out. She soon finds out that it's going to be a very long time before she gets to anything on that list. Some challenges come her way that threaten to upend everything that is normal and predictable in her life. Daisy finds much-needed strength and support through her Book Club ladies. Although this book can be read separately from the series, I loved reading about many of the same events from the first book, "Olivia", from Daisy's perspective. I love seeing the positive change in Daisy as she discovers what matters most to her. I would love to see a sequel to this particular book, as I would love to see what happens next in her life.

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Fun, and emotional read.

by  Colleen  -   reviewed on  May 11, 2012

Daisy has always been a strong willed woman and found it hard to let others take care of her. Her youngest daughter is close to graduating and leaving the house, but when her daughter leaves to live with her dad, before the planned date, she finds it hard not to look back and see what she did wrong while raising her daughters. Her husband Paul has other things on his mind, like fishing. When Daisy finds out she is pregnant, she is afraid to tell Paul, since she assured him she could not get pregnant since she had her tubes tied 15 years earlier. She finds herself all alone except for her new friends from the book club, who help her come to terms with the trials in her life. This book was filled with lots of emotion and takes you on a journey you could only hope ends in a happy ending, but not every story can have that, and who is to say that Daisy will not have a happy ending, even if it is not your kind of happy ending? I cant wait to find out more about the other characters in the book club, and hopefully get some more information on Olivia and Daisy through these other ladies eyes.

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A great read

by  Karen   -   reviewed on  May 17, 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!

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A Great Read

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  May 18, 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!

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Daisy of Neport Ladie's Book Club

by  Lu Ann  -   reviewed on  May 20, 2012

This was a great book but lacked Josi's usual humor and energy. There were situations in Daisy's life many can relate to in the various problems and unexpected situations with relationships. The book didn't flow as well as most of Josi's writings. Still, it was well-worth my time in reading it and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Daisy would be fun to have as a best friend.

by  Connie  -   reviewed on  May 17, 2012

Daisy is entertaining, and has many twists and turns. Just as you think you know what is going to happen to Daisy something new transpires. Her life is a roller coaster and surprises are around every corner. Believe me when I say that when you are positive you have the plot figured out, things will change. The ending was not what I expected. Daisy is an amazing character and a friend indeed. You really won’t want to miss this second book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series. I cried, I laughed. I even got angry with Daisy, as well as her children and mother. They were all real to me and many times they each deserved a good scolding.

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Daisy by Josi S. Kilpack

by  Mindy  -   reviewed on  July 22, 2012

I loved this book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters of the Newport Ladies Book Club through Daisy's eyes. Enough time has passed since I read Olivia by Julie Wright, and the details of the book club meetings are now in Daisy's perceptive. I enjoyed the book club meetings, and it was as if reading them for the first time. I loved Daisy's character, she is a very strong, smart gal. I enjoyed her journey, and the lessons she learns about herself, her family, and also the joys of close friendships. Most of all, how she needed to ask others for help.

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Daisy realizes that people are put in our lives to support us and help us get through life's difficult times.

by  Sharee  -   reviewed on  May 14, 2012

None of us are immune from trial and adversity in our lives. God allows each of us-no matter our skin color, our religion, our marital status, or our age-to experience difficult things in life. Fortunately he puts people in our lives to support us and help us get through those difficult times. Daisy has always done things on her own, but she now realizes that she doesn't have to go through life alone. She relies on new-found friendships to help her face this new experience in her life. She gains new insight to her past and finds hope in her new future. This is a great read and Josie Kilpack has a writing style that you'll thoroughly enjoy!

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Excellent study of character development

by  Mary Ann   -   reviewed on  June 07, 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.

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Entertaining book in an Enjoyable Series!

by  Debbie  -   reviewed on  August 02, 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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