The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter

Large Print - 2015
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Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in the 1920s in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages-all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He's an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life: a debutante, much photographed, and engaged to a rising Tory MP. Rachel's cousin confirms the horrible truth: her father is alive, with a legitimate, acknowledged family. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel enters into an uneasy alliance with a mysterious man-about-town, who promises her access to her father. With his help, Rachel sets herself up in Roaring Twenties London under a new identity and insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his-and her half-sister's-charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister's fiance.

From Lauren Willig, author of the "New York Times" best-selling novel "The Ashford Affair," comes "The Other Daughter," a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge."

Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410479525
1410479528
Characteristics: 509 pages (large print)

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marleneww
Nov 05, 2017

I savoured this book, for its realistic atmosphere, and its story. I want to read more from this writer!

LoganLib_Phoebe Dec 28, 2016

Rachel, a young governess in Paris, thinks she knows who she is and where her life is headed. Then her mother dies and Rachel discovers her life has been built upon a lie...But will she seek revenge?

AL_KATI Oct 21, 2016

So this has everything I like in my historical novels, but the plotting and the writing fell flat for me.

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marthabwaters
Oct 06, 2015

This books includes lots of things I love, including 1920s London and aristocrats, and while I enjoyed this fairly well, it's definitely not Willig's best. The book is pretty short -- less than 300 pages -- so I tore through it quite quickly, but I was left wanting more resolution on a couple of plot points. I liked the romantic subplot, but felt like I just needed more written about the protagonist's family drama to make me feel like it was satisfyingly wrapped. It's an enjoyable enough book, and a good readalike for Beatriz Williams, but just not as great as I wanted it to be.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Sep 08, 2015

I so wanted to love this book because it had all these great elements- family secrets, 1920s, high society London, romance and Lauren Willig. However, it just felt flat and just dragged on. Also, there were a couple of loose ends that were never addressed that drove me crazy!

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tina53rose
Aug 23, 2015

I stopped reading only a third of the way through. This is only about the third book (of literally 100's read) that I've done so.
For me it dragged. The plot line was not a surprise, having been read in other books. Woman finds out she's illegitimate, etc, etc, etc...

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heinrij
Aug 21, 2015

No sex, no violence, no bad language and a really good story. I would rate it E for everyone.

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