The Other Duaghter by Lauren Willig
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Description: Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three months before. He's an earl, respected and influential and he is standing with another daughter - his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past - even her very name is a lie. (From GoodReads)
Why I Picked This Book:This is an author I've been wanting to read for awhile and the blurb really caught my attention.
My Impression: I really loved this one. From pretty much the beginning I was pulled into the story and I wanted to get to know the characters better and find out what really happened. Rachel is an incredibly likable character. She's smart, independent, with a spine of steel and a good sense of humor. She's someone I would love to have as a friend. While some of her actions throughout the novel are a bit questionable it's easy to understand why she's acting the way she is. Her world has been devastated and then turned on it's end and she is struggling to figure out exactly what she wants, she's acting on impulse and at times she's lashing out but she does so in such a way that I really sympathized with her.
The setting is drawn enough that you get a sense of London in the 1920s but not so heavy handed as to become monotonous. I really would have loved a look at Rachel's wardrobe. It sounds gorgeous! I loved Simon and never knew what to expect from him. From the beginning it's obvious that there's more to him than he lets on and I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure it out. I was very satisfied with the ending though I did feel like one part wrapped up a little too fast. The characters aren't perfect but they're easy to related to and multi-faceted.
Overall, this was a fantastic read in a gorgeous setting with an interesting mystery. I hated to put it down and was always excited to get back to the story. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! I just wish I could read more about Rachel.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! So far this is one of my favorite books of the year.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (O)