Family. There are the ones we are born to and the ones we make, the bonds forged by time and experience and a deep soul connection. Meg Waite Clayton explores this mystery in “The Wednesday Daughters.” Along the way, the reader gets to tag along on a deep and satisfying trip to the Lake District in England. Clayton tangles us with a rouge boatman, Beatrix Potter, a mother, several daughters and a journey of self-discovery for all involved. Her language flows beautifully and the characters take turns at the narrative (well, except for Beatrix but you’ll understand that later.) The setting is exceptionally well written, giving the reader a clear sense of place. I’ve never visited the Lake District, but, thanks to Clayton’s narrative, the whole place feels a bit closer now.
There are expertly placed twists and turns in this plot that will keep you turning pages and the conclusions are richly satisfying. Overall, this novel is a “must-read” for anyone who likes a gentle romance tied with just enough intrigue to veil it in an aura of mystery.
“The Wednesday Daughters” is schedule for release from Ballantine Books in August of 2013.
This book was provided to me by Ballantine Books for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!