The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

The Daisy Children

Inspired by true events, in Sofia Grant’s powerfully moving new novel a young woman peels back the layers of her family’s history, discovering a tragedy in the past that explains so much of the present. This unforgettable story is one of hope, healing, and the discovery of truthSometimes the untold stories of the past are the ones we need to hear...When Katie Garrett gets the unexpected news that she’s received an inheritance from the grand...

Details The Daisy Children

TitleThe Daisy Children
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Daisy Children

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 14."THE DAISY CHILDREN is a lovely, heartwarming saga revealing family secrets through letters and photographs with the story being wrapped around a little known historical event. Women's fiction fans will adore this book and will want to recommend it to everyone who loves family drama, family history, and family secrets.The ending was terrific, and I didn't want the book to end."
  • Betty
    Before I get into my review of the book, I want to talk a little about the true event mentioned in the blurb, as it is a subject I've previously read about and was amazed that few people are aware of it today. On March 18, 1937, the deadliest school disaster in American history happened at New London, Texas, when an explosion ripped through the school and killed an estimated 296 students and teachers. Others ultimately wouldn't survive the injuri...
  • KC
    In 1937, a gas explosion ripped through a New London, Texas school killing nearly 300 children and their teachers. The event devastated the nation and for many families, the loss was immeasurable. A group of mothers decided to all get pregnant soon after the tragedy and 9 months later giving birth to the "replacement" children. This story follows one such family and how a single horrific moment in time can send ripple effects lasting for generati...
  • Charlie
    Thought I would enjoy this story ---- but really didn't. So, I had to fast flip thru pages after pages until I was done and then I had another reader to give me their view on this story. Some of you might like this kind of story ---- I did not. The other reader -- sorta.Early on in the story, an explosion in Texas killed many people including many children. So, the story begins. Families that lost their children wanted to start over with ----- re...
  • Kate Olson
    🌼 FABULOUS historical fiction! Definitely on my list of best hist fic for the year..Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for this free review copy!.Set in Texas and based on the true events of the New London School Explosion of 1937, Sofia Grant managed to do what almost no one else has for me recently in fiction ~ introduce a NEW historical event into my reading life..The Daisy Children alternates between present day and events of the ...
  • Yvette
    The Daisy Children is the fictional story of a family affected by a historic disaster, an explosion at a school in 1937 that killed many children and adults.  The story mainly concerns itself with Margaret - spoiled, headstrong, one of the so-called 'Daisy Children' who were meant to comfort parents grieving a loss - and her estranged grand-daughter Katie.  As Katie travels to Texas for a reading of her grandmother's will, subjected to one disa...
  • Jay bookworm
    Loved this book. It was great to see the mystery of the grandmother unfold. It is interesting and sadly true that we don’t know as much as we should about our ancestors. Thanks William Morrow and Goodreads for the giveaway. Love the fact that you can find family at any point in life.
  • Gaele
    In 1937 in the community of New London, Texas, a school exploded, killing nearly 300 children and teachers. One of the richest districts in the state, the school was located in the ‘oil rich’ area, the first with a lighted football field, and heated, not with a central system, but through individual gas heaters throughout the building. In a cost-cutting measure, the decision was made to ‘tap into’ another source: not illegal, but also not...
  • Carla Suto
    THE DAISY CHILDREN by Sofia Grant is heartfelt story of love, loss and family secrets. It is a work of fiction based around a true event that took place in New London, Texas in 1937. A powerful natural gas explosion at the town’s elementary school took the lives of hundreds of children and teachers and changed the lives of their families forever. New children born to these grieving families soon after the tragedy were called the “Daisy Childr...
  • Nancy Reynolds
    I won an ARC copy in a Goodreads Giveaway contest by William Morrow Books and this is my HONEST review. The story was inspired by true events. I always enjoy that aspect of a book. However, I found all the characters very negative and ... sad. Other than Scarlet. But I found I had to really force myself to keep reading. And it got really complicated to figure things out - as both Katie and Scarlet found, too. I hate writing a negative review, but...
  • Nancy
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.The writing was exceptional but I found the attempt to add romance into the story a bit too much.
  • Jamie
    An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way. The Daisy Children is based on the real life story of the New London Texas School explosion in 1937. Several hundred people perished, mostly children. This book tells the fictional story of one of the Daisy Children, conceived to replace their lost sibling. This book is so heartbreaking and moving. It shows, with great compassion and caring, what ...
  • Kathy
    Weaving seamlessly back and forth in time, The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant is a multi-generational novel that is based on a real life tragedy.In 1937, several young lives are tragically taken when a gas leak causes an explosion at their school. Several families immediately have “replacement” children which are referred to as the "Daisy Children". Caroline and Hugh Pierson are one of the families whose “replacement” daughter Margaret is ...
  • Jan P
    I received this Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for an honest review.The Daisy Children is a novel based 1937 school explosion that killed many children in a rural Texas town. Many of the families reproduced within the year, replacing their lost sons and daughters. This is the fictionalized story of one family and four generations. The focus is on the women, their offspring daughters and the fraught relationships the mothers and daughters had a...
  • Tina
    The Daisy Children is inspired by the New London School explosion of 1937; the "Daisies", as they were called, is purely fictional.This story is filled with generations of secrets left for Katie and Scarlett, cousins who have been named in Margaret's will, to discover. Katie has only met her grandmother, Margaret, one time while Scarlett was very close to her. I really enjoyed this book and thank William Morrow for the advanced copy won in a Good...
  • Gayle Slagle
    The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant is a fictional account based on an actual historical event. In 1937, a gas explosion destroyed the school in New London, Texas, killing over 300 children and teachers. The emotional devastation in the town was understandably profound. A group of mothers who had lost their children decided to try to get pregnant following this tragedy and nine months later, their "replacement" children were born. These babies were...
  • Linda
    I wish that there was a 4 and a half star option to rate this book because I really liked it more than 4 stars but I save the 5 star rating for the top books of all times. I won this book in a giveaway and don't know if I would have bought it on my own because reading some of the information on this book I thought perhaps it was a really sad read about the children who perished in the 1937 fire. While it does touch upon this a bit, there is much ...
  • Shelly
    This is a book that jumps back and forth between generations. Although I don't typically enjoy this style I found myself enjoying the story line. Katie's Grandmother dies and she gets a summons for the reading of the will. She meets her cousin Scarlet. This begins an adventure learning about her grandma and her life and her mother's life. G going through Gomma's things Katie and Scarlet discover things they had never heard before. Thank you to Go...
  • Joan
    The March 1937 explosion at the New London School claimed a generation in this small Rust County, Texas town. Some two hundred ninety-five children and teachers lost their lives, changing families and lives forever.This unalterable truth is the basis for the fictional story of the Daisy children. They are the children born the year after the brothers and sisters they will never know were lost in the disaster. They are the replacement children, me...
  • Suzanne
    Very slow start to a unique tale of a Texas school that suffers a gas explosion in late 1930s killing some 300 schoolchildren and the social repercussions that follow. The family and social backwash from the tragedy are continuous and transcend generations; even reaching those born so long after the explosion that they no longer know what happened. These later generations have no context within which to place the information they ultimately recei...
  • Christi Massey
    LOVED this! What an emotional journey, with twists and turns to the end! I know this is a standalone, but I almost wish it were the start of a series. Great characters, great story!
  • Laura Hanby
    This historical fiction book takes a look at a family affected by the aftermath of the New London school explosion in Texas in 1937, even generations after the tragic disaster took place. The story follows two women in two different decades. Margaret is the daughter of a mother who lost her 11 year old daughter in the explosion. Margaret is one of the Daisy Children, a child born just 9 months after the explosion, a "replacement child" of sorts. ...
  • Darla
    This is why I love historical fiction. It is a rare book that does not teach me something new about an event in the past and at the same time gives me one or more firsthand perspectives on that time in history. Books with dual timelines are especially interesting as we get to watch the characters in the book discover things about the story through the different POVs and settings in history.Grant gives this book some very satisfying symmetry and a...
  • SS
    Family secrets exist in everyone's family. In The Daisy Children, we learn about the secrets of the Pierson family of New London, Texas. It's a bit of a mystery that's mostly solved during the span of time that the book covers.The Daisy Children referred to in the book's title are the children born following a school catastrophe, a natural gas explosion caused by a faulty connection, to parents who lost children in the explosion. This is an event...
  • Jen
    I won a proof book in a Goodreads Giveaway contest by William Morrow Books and this is my honest review. Some grow up having never known or even met their extended family due to choice of their parents, or perhaps going back further generations. That is the case with Katie, having met her Grandma Margaret, Gomma, once as a child, all because she and her mom didn’t get along. Years later, with a career, husband and life in Boston, Katie receives...
  • Krystle
    This book started a bit slow for me and I had a hard time getting interested in the story. The main issue was that some of the characters could be very unlikable, although we learn more about their reasonings and motivations throughout the story.Jumping from the past to the present this book explores loss, family, and secrets spanning multiple generations of women beginning with Caroline who lost her first child in the Texas New London school exp...
  • Ice Princess391
    (Received an ARC)This book seemed pretty different than what I normally read so when I started I wasn't very sure I would enjoy it. However, my fears were put to rest almost instantly. The Daisy Children presented an interesting narrative on the lives of the families who lost children to a tragedy and replaced them afterward, and the generations that followed. The book switched between the perspectives of Katie (as she's dealing with the things t...
  • Nettie
    Take a wild ride from Boston to New London, Texas by reading this new novel by Sofia Grant titled “The Daisy Children”. This is a story that encompasses 80 years and is chock full of unexpected surprises. The story alternates between Katie Garrett’s life and that of her Grandmother......Gomma. Historically based it details a 1937 tragedy and the replacement children called the Daisy Children. The characters are nicely developed and each has...