by Susan Sallis
I am finally resurrecting this blog. I’ve been finding so much more time to read, it’s time to take notes about what I am reading! I’ve read some winners and some losers, and I’m sorry to say that it’s a really big loser that is waking this blog out of slumber.
I can’t even find a photo of this book online, so hopefully, the book is unavailable in most places, and you will simply never come across it and decide to give it a go.
It was that bad.
I love period books- I love getting caught up in a story from another time and place, and this book promised that. It promised that we would follow the life of the William Rising Family, and how they navigated the great changes that were taking place in England in the early 20th century. When we were introduced to the family, we learned of the strange quirks of their mother, Florence, and how she named all her girl babies after the months they were born. We met March, the eldest girl, and May, the beautiful and delicate, and witnessed the birth of April. Later on, baby Teddy comes along, and the oldest brother Arthur rounds out the immediate family.
I just don’t know where to begin with a review of this book except that it was extremely focused on the philandering activities of Will. And then as the book went on, we read about the philandering activities of just about everyone in the novel. The relationships between characters were often strange… And often completely inappropriate. When World War One came along, I was hopeful that we would get a glimmer of some kind of excitement, and we almost did. We got a glimpse of what life may have been like for British families while their loved ones and neighbors went off to the trenches, but we never got a real full glimpse.
This book was missing meat and substance. The title is also baffling, because while it begins at the birth of April Rising, April is not the main protagonist, March is more so than April. I kept reading this book, just hoping that it would pick up and improve- there was promise here- but it never matriculated. It was a dull book full of lewd and lascivious behavior and I truly wished I’d never read it.
This book has also been published under the title “Scattering Of Daisies”, so avoid that one as well. If I’m seeing things correctly, it looks like at one point they published a sequel. I just cannot imagine wanting to read more about this bizarre family.