I really do love Blog Tours sometimes as it means I pick up a book I necessarily wouldn’t have read otherwise. Her Mother’s Daughter is definitely one of those books, so thank you to Anne Cater and Allen & Unwin for supplying me with my review copy – it is a real gem hidden in darkness.
‘1980: Josephine flees her home in Ireland, hoping never to return. She starts a new, exciting life in London, but as much as she tries, she can’t quite leave the trauma of her childhood behind.
Seventeen years and two children later, Josephine gets a call from her sister to tell her that their mother is dying and wants to see her – a summons she can’t refuse.
1997: Ten-year-old Clare is counting down to the summer holidays, when she is going to meet her grandparents in Ireland for the first time. She hopes this trip will put an end to her mum’s dark moods – and drinking.
But family secrets can’t stay buried forever and following revelations in Ireland, everything starts to unravel. Have Josephine and her daughter passed the point of no return?’
I want to begin with saying how much I absolutely devoured this book in every sense; from the differing characters to the scenic moments. From the second I finished the final page, I felt lost and missed terribly the words from ten-year-old Clare, my favourite character of all.
I love stories where the timelines slip between past and present, and here it works wonderfully. You gain a real appreciation of the set of characters we have been given. You learn to love them, understand them and even hate them at times. This is rather an emotional read trying to understand how a mother can be so emotionally abusive, but we come to learn why she is the way she is, and how her daughter unknowingly copes.
Alice writes beautifully. Her descriptions are sublime and full of depth, her dialogue is lifelike and her actual storyline is creative yet realistic. This is a book club read for sure. There are so many aspects you can discuss, moan and love – and when I say moan, I don’t mean the book, I mean some of the themes that the story touches on.
I adored little Clare. I loved her honesty, way of thinking and the love and patience she has for her little brother. I could feel my heartstrings being tugged at whenever I read her parts. She is honestly the reason I kept on reading as she is just ace. You could see her excitement about going on holiday which is just so cute as she thinks it will help her mummy, but sometimes things are past help…
The mother and daughter views on the same scene are enlightening and a breath of fresh air. I love seeing two sides to the same story as it shows differing perspectives and ages. Well done to Alice for writing a book that will travel through the ages and appeal to both young and old readers.
Her Mother’s Daughter is available to buy in both e-book and paperback now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alice Fitzgerald has worked as a journalist for six years. She has been published in literary journals, online at Refinery29 and Hello Giggles and in magazines including Hello! Her Mother’s Daughter is her debut novel. Born in London to Irish parents, she now lives in Madrid.