#BlogTour #Review ~ The Snow Globe by @judithkinghorn @canelo_co

 

A beautiful story of enduring love and heartbreaking choices.

As Christmas 1926 approaches, the Forbes family 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?

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About the Author

Judith Kinghorn is the author of four novels: The Echo of Twilight, The Snow Globe, The Memory of Lost Senses and The Last Summer. She was born in Northumberland, educated in the Lake District, and is a graduate in English and History of Art. She lives in Hampshire, England, with her husband and two children.

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My Review

I have to admit this is the first book I have read by Judith Kinghorn. So why was I pulled towards this one? Simple I just adore snow globes, they have always seemed magical to me and I used to have quite a collection. If only life was as simple as shaking one and settling it all down again.

The Snow Globe in this case was a gift to young Daisy from her father. It became a yearly fixture amid the Christmas decorations. It contained their home Eden Hall so was very personal.

As Daisy grows she learns of her fathers’ infidelity, the audacity of the mistress who will attend the Christmas festivities with them. The adoration for her father is shattered. But time moves on and Daisy begins to have romantic notions of her own. She is wooed by different men and she has to decide if any are suitable candidates for her love. 

This is set c. 1926, a time when women were a delicate breed, the car was making an appearance and servants knew all the gossip. 

A novel of love, family drama, secrets, coming of age with some history facts involved. The writing flows nicely, I got a bit lost with a few of the characters but once I’d got about half way in it all slots into place. Anyone fond of ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ will really enjoy this. Does the snow globe have any significance? You will just have to read this book to discover that for yourself. I will have to investigate the author’s other books after savouring this one.

My thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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