The Newport Ladies Book Club: Daisy
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.
By Brooke, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Debbie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!!
By LuAnn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Mindy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!
By Victoria, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Mary Ann , Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
"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.
By Rachel, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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
By TJ, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.)