The Wednesday Daughters

The Wednesday Daughters Meg Waite Clayton nationally bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a compassionate wise and enthralling new novel of mothers and daughters best friends who become family and s

  • Title: The Wednesday Daughters
  • Author: Meg Waite Clayton
  • ISBN: 9780345530288
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wednesday Daughters

    Meg Waite Clayton, nationally bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with a compassionate, wise, and enthralling new novel of mothers and daughters, best friends who become family, and secrets and dreams passed down through the generations.It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England s pastoral Lake District where her mother, AMeg Waite Clayton, nationally bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with a compassionate, wise, and enthralling new novel of mothers and daughters, best friends who become family, and secrets and dreams passed down through the generations.It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life Ally one of a close knit group of women who called themselves The Wednesday Sisters had used the cottage as a writer s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows nearly nothing about her mother s time there Traveling with Hope are friends Julie and Anna Page, two other daughters of The Wednesday Sisters, who offer to help Hope sort through her mother s personal effects Yet what Hope finds will reveal a tangled family history one steeped in Lake District lore Tucked away in a hidden drawer, Hope finds a stack of Ally s old notebooks, all written in a mysterious code As she, Julie, and Anna Page try to decipher Ally s writings the reason for their encryption, their possible connection to the Potter manuscript they are forced to confront their own personal struggles Hope s doubts about her marriage, Julie s grief over losing her twin sister, Anna Page s fear of commitment in relationships And as the real reason for Ally s stay in England comes to light, Hope, Julie, and Anna Page reach a new understanding about the enduring bonds of family, the unwavering strength of love, and the inescapable pull of the past.

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    1. Lauri

      I loved the Wednesday Sisters and gave it 5 stars. I think the only reason I gave the Wednesday Daughters 2 stars was because of that.This book was dreadful. The final chapters tied it all together and I would like to say you could read those and know what was going on, but there were bits of information threaded throughout the book.The book was confusing. I thought I was losing my memory because I couldn't keep the characters straight, but see others had the same problem. It didn't help that th [...]

    2. Meg

      Dear Wednesday Sisters fans,Thanks so much to the delightfully many of you who suggested I write this sequel of sorts that I never meant to write. It was such a warm pleasure to rejoin these old friends and their now-grown daughters, and I would never have thought to do it if not for you. I hope the daughters find as comfortable a place in your affections as their mothers did, and as you have found in mine.Warmly,Meg

    3. Ionia

      A very memorable book. There isn't a tremendous amount of action in this novel, but there is substance. This book will at times make you laugh, make you reminisce and even make you shed a few tears. This novel is very much about people and the unbreakable bonds that form among the women in a family from generation to generation. There are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and you will find yourself thinking of them long after the last page has been turned. The characters in this book are y [...]

    4. writer...

      The one star given is, appropriately, 'did NOT like it'. Nor could I continue reading it. It remains unfinished.As to the writing, much of the beginning was actually garbled. Constant confusion of voices and multiple characters. It continued with each chapter change of undesignated viewpoints.The only writing I valued was the fictional discussions with Beatrix Potter, the deceased mother's unpublished work in progress. Each chapter opened with a Potter quote which was delightful. Unfortunately, [...]

    5. Melissa

      Loved the Wednesday Sisters but thought this one was a huge mess. I felt like it started in the middle because I had no idea who anyone was (even though I read the first book!) and even after I figured out who was who, like many other reviewers, I had a hard time following it. Absolutely terrible. I'm not even sure why I'm going it two whole stars.

    6. Melissa

      I loved this book once I got into it. The descriptions of the locales are wonderful and they make the reader feel like they are there in the Lake District of England. The interactions of the characters are intriguing. The way that Beatrix Potter is woven in, gives the book an added dimension. I would definitely recommend this book!

    7. Pam Camel

      Dry, boring, monotone and confusing. I don't have a clue what I read. I was excited about it because I loved the wendsday sisters. The wendsday Daughters leave a lot to be desisted.

    8. Karen

      I loved “The Wednesday Sisters,” so I was pretty excited when “The Wednesday Daughters” came out. I wanted to love this book, but there were too many structural oddities that prevented it. If Clayton wanted to be omniscient, as she clearly did to craft the story as such, then why didn’t she choose third-person omniscient? It would have flushed out the almost head-hopping first chapters that felt scattered and frenetic. Fortunately, the pace did slow down later on. Telling the story fro [...]

    9. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

      Hope Tantry along with her friends, Anna and Julie visits the cottage where her mother spent the last years of her life. Hope’s mother’, Ally, had used this cottage as a retreat to finish her biography on Beatrix Potter. Hope knew very little about the time her mother spent here. Hope soon realises that there’s a lot of things that she did not know about her mother – like the friendly neighbour next door and the encoded journal that ally left hidden in a drawer. Hope is overwhelmed by he [...]

    10. Melissa

      I’m being generous with 3 stars. I had high hopes for the sequel (or complement) to The Wednesday Sisters. Unfortunately, the book takes on the frenetic, chaotic rambling of too many undefined characters, with too many rushed details, with too many run-on sentences, to care about. There isn't a clear backstory, but even knowing the history (admittedly read a few years ago) I was terribly confused about where the storyline landed, and when. At about the halfway mark, however, the books pace fin [...]

    11. Peebee

      I liked the prequel to this book, The Wednesday Sisters, quite a bit, as well as The Four Ms. Bradwells, so of course was looking forward to this one. What a disappointment! First, the Beatrix Potter thing just does not work. It wasn't interesting, it made the plot confusing, and if you're not a Potter fan, it's just annoying. Then, I can appreciate the challenge of writing a sequel attuned to fine line between not boring the readers who read the prior book and not confusing the readers who have [...]

    12. Jessica

      As beautiful as the writing in this book is, it almost makes me feel bad to say how much I did not enjoy the book. Almost. Too many characters introduced too quickly who's voices are all too similar. I spent the first half of the book thoroughly confused as to which woman I was reading about or who was talking because they all sound the same. They all quote the same classic authors and have all the same (non-funny) humor. Therefore, I found it very hard to care about them. I pretty much only sor [...]

    13. Holli

      It took me a little bit to get into this novel mainly because it had been so long since I had read The Wednesday Sisters and I was trying to familiarize myself with the characters again. Once I realized that those characters are just on the fringes of this novel I could relax into this one and lose myself in a new set of people. I really liked this book. Meg did a fantastic job of weaving people in and out of the story and I loved how different yet intertwined everyone was. Good read!!

    14. M.J.

      I got this as an advanced reading copy and loved it. The Wednesday Sisters was a terrific novel and this is equally charming and absorbing. Clayton gives us wonderful characters with heart who stay with you long after the novel is over.

    15. David Edmonds

      So, I'm not going to lie. When I received The Wednesday Daughters in the mail, I anxiously picked it right up and started reading, having loved Meg Waite Clayton's two previous novels. Then I thought for a moment that I was reading something a little too familiar. I felt like The Wednesday Daughters was treading too similar waters, that the characters from The Wednesday Sisters had been dropped into the setting of The Four Ms Bradwells, where friends go off to a cottage in the woods to deal with [...]

    16. Artemiz

      Meg Waite Clayton's book The Wednesday Daughters is absolutely wonderful book about families - immediate and extended families - about friends, about love, about lovers and spouses, about children and parents, about books and authors, about old and new memories, about losses and grief, about finding things you didn't know were lost and things you thought you lost forever, and most of all about not losing the love of the loved ones, who are no longer with us.It was really deep and emotional book. [...]

    17. Patty Mccormick

      This was a great book it is about 3 women who are the Wednesday daughters and they come together after Hope’s mother dies. They bring her ashes to leave them in England’s Lake District where her mother went to write. I liked the characters in this book, they were real people to me. I enjoyed the excerpts from the Beatrix Potter stories at the beginning of each chapter. I found it a little weird at first that the ghost of Beatrix Potter was following Hope’s mom around all the time, but you [...]

    18. Jan Stites

      What I liked most about Meg Clayton Waite’s new novel The Wednesday Daughters is its gentleness. Maybe because so much of what we read or hear about these days is grim, grim, grim, I felt eased into a softer world every time I opened the book. There’s sadness and loss recounted in the story, of course, but there are also short passages of description of England’s Lake District or the well realized details of a sunset that are captivating. Much of the book involves a reimagined Beatrix Pott [...]

    19. Emma Kerry

      I love the idea of this book, the unbreakable bond between women is something I can relate to. I haven’t read the Wednesday Sisters, so although The Wdnesday Daughters follows the story on with the original character’s daughters, it isn’t compulsary to have read both books.Though the plot is not action heavy, I found the characters engaging enough to draw me in and the situations they found themselves in are realistic. I loved Hope’s mother Ally’s journals which depicted imagined conve [...]

    20. Lori Spielman

      I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this wonderful book. A fan of The Wednesday Sisters, I had been eagerly awaiting another "Wednesday" story. In contrast to their mothers, I found The Wednesday Daughters more accomplished, their issues more complex, their relationships more conflicted. Set in the English Lake District, Meg Waite Clayton's descriptions are vivid and alluring, her prose lyrical. Fans of The Wednesday Sisters, along with fans of Beatrix Potter, will flock to this book. [...]

    21. Elle

      First of all I want to say that I LOVED The Wednesday Sisters, so I was thrilled when I saw The Wednesday Daughters. I snapped it up. I also want to say that I LOVE Meg Waite Clayton's writing style. However, I was often confused with what was going on in this book. To me it seemed to be all over the place. Then it would come together and I became absorbed in the story THEN just like that the story became disjointed again making it hard to follow.The end tied it up nicely, but, for me the confus [...]

    22. Jane Wilson

      There are many facets to this little gem of a novel. The Wednesday Daughters are members of an extraordinary extended family, whose lives have been intricately interwoven. Their gently recounted stories are told with tenderness and great insight. The charm and rich literary history of the English Lake District enhances the narrative. This is an exquisitely written, multi-layered story, replete with whimsical imaginary conversations with Beatrix Potter's ghost. It’s a great read.

    23. Ray

      Oh, I am so very disappointed! I loved The Wednesday Sisters, and I and hoped this would be as good, and it just isn't. I almost stopped reading it many times, but I couldn't because I thought it had to get better. By the end all the parts come together, but it's just not what I was hoping for or expecting.

    24. Anita

      Many times sequels do not live up to the initial book. Not so in this case! In fact I actually liked the sequel better. Maybe it was because I could relate to the daughters better than the mothers, but I also loved the Beatrice Potter and English Lake Country imagery. Now I want to visit and read children's stories again.

    25. Sharon Huether

      A take off from Wednesday sisters. The daughters take a trip to England. Hope, Anna Page and Julie arrive in the Lake District to help Hope sort through her mothers things. It brought back bittersweet memories. Hope and her friends sort through their own problems. It draws them closer together.

    26. Terelyn Marks

      I liked The Wednesday Sisters a lot more. While there were parts of this I could relate to, there were other parts I simply couldn't and found I really did care. It gave me urge to swat the whiner and tell her to 'grow the hell up and get over yourself!'

    27. Jane Ciabattari

      Mother-daughter relationships are at the heart of this beautifully told and moving novel, which combines loving connections among friends, the mystery of a writers' coded notebooks, and a Lake District setting.

    28. Peggy

      I couldn't finish this book, I just couldn't follow the story, it jumped way to much for me. This is the first book I read of Clayton, I read the reviews and I feel better it just wasn't me. I can tell she is a good writer, I just didn't like this book.

    29. Barbara

      My sisters and female friends are such an important part of my life that I related strongly to this novel illustrating this concept. It was an easy, good read and I very much enjoyed it.

    30. Patricia Tennant

      Liked the setting and how she used potter in the story. Particularly fond of mother- daughter stories- which this is. Might of liked more to the ending She left us hanging a bit.

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