Today sees the third of our blog tours with Canelo, and we have the pleasure of reviewing “The Snow Globe” by Judith Kinghorn. Again, we are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Judith Kinghorn for the advanced copy. This book has a festive feel to it and is perfect for the run up to Christmas.
As Christmas 1926 approaches, the Forbesfamily are preparing to host a celebration at Eden Hall. Eighteen-year-old Daisy is preoccupied by a sense of change in the air. Overnight, her relationship with Stephen Jessop, the housekeeper’s son, has shifted and every encounter seems fraught with tension. Before the festivities are over, Daisy has received a declaration of love, a proposal and a kiss – from three different men. Unable to bear the confusion she flees to London and stays with her elder sister.
By the following summer, Daisy has bowed to the persistence of the man who proposed to her the previous year. When the family reunite for a party at Eden Hall and Stephen is once more in her life, it is clear to Daisy she is committing to the wrong person. Yet she also believes that family secrets mean she has no choice but to follow her head instead of her heart. Will love conquer all, or is Daisy’s fate already written?
Reading “The Snow Globe” brings visions of Downton Abbey to mind, the story sits within the historical fiction genre and is set in December 1926, with the Forbes family, who live in Eden Hall and preparations are being made for Christmas family gathering and seasonal celebrations.
The main character is eighteen year old Daisy Forbes, the youngest child of Mabel and Howard, and Daisy has always been a fathers daughter whom she has always admired. In the early part of the book, we learn that Daisy has this feeling things are about to change and a family upheaval is imminent. It isn’t long before she discovers a shocking secret about her father. Daisy over hers the servants and learns her father has lived a very separate life in London with his lover. This leaves Daisy shattered, the one person she adores, provided her with security, and love, is no longer the honorable person she thought he was.
Stephen, the house keepers son and family chauffeur, is the one persons she knows she can turn to. They have both known each all their lives and have spent considerable time together. Their feelings have grown of the years from friendship, and through this story they develop to love. But Stephen isn’t Daisy’s only suitor….. in total their are *coughs* (we don’t want to give too much away – no spoilers here) and through the story we see her receive a proposal and a declaration of love. Stephen, whom she has grown deeply in love with, is moving abroad, to start a new life, this coupled with her new knowledge of her fathers love affair and the prospect of her mother inviting her fathers lover to spend Christmas at Eden Hall finds Daisy confused. She is not sure who to turn to for advice, she has always been encouraged to settle down and marry, however not necessarily for love, maybe for necessity.
Everything becomes to much for Daisy, and she takes herself off to London to escape and find the answer. And just like her snow globe, if it is shaken once more she hopes the snow will settle in the right place and the answer will be clear.
Daisy decides to accept the hand of marriage to one of her suitors, and not long after Stephen comes back into her life. As my Nan would have said, you wait for one and then they all come along like buses! Yes, this book brought back many happy memories of conversations with my grandmother, over tea and toast. Daisy knows who her true feelings of love are with, but will fate work it’s hand and bring them together….. *coughs again* no spoilers.
The characters are well written, it is very easy to get to know them and feel part of the story. I loved both Daisy and her mother Mabel, and both make this book great reading. Mabel challenges the norm and is set on proving love is worth fighting for.
Thank you to both Canelo and Judith Kinghorn for the advanced copy, I am certainly going to track down more of Judith’s books.