Delighted to be joining you today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful THE DAISY CHAIN by AL CAMPBELL.
My thanks to the author and publisher for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kew Gardens, 1771. Four women – the first is Daisy, a talented orphaned botanical painter and scientist, newly arrived in London from Suffolk. The second is Fanny, her sister, locked in a loveless marriage with an oafish nobleman. The third, Kate, is an enslaved black lady’s maid. The fourth, Charlotte, Queen of England, uncomplaining but confined to a life bearing King George 15 children.
When Daisy meets eminent scientist Joseph Banks and not only becomes Artist in Residence at Kew Gardens, but ‘Lady-in-Painting’ to Queen Charlotte, life changes for everybody. However, whilst expecting a quiet and studious life, Daisy is unwittingly inveigled into espionage, tea smuggling and the ‘triangular trade’ by mysterious Dutchman Johannes Van der Humm.
When a fabulous flower is discovered in South Africa and sent back to Kew for the Queen’s birthday, the women little guess it offers a route to freedom. But only if Daisy can foil a plot to steal it from under the King’s nose. Who is friend and who is foe? Can she work out whom to trust before disaster strikes?
Set in an incredibly exciting period of history, The Daisy Chain is a pacy debut novel, brimming with adventure and romance.
PUBLISHED BY RED DOOR PRESS
This was a wonderful historical romp! Combining my love of gardening, with some strong female characters, this was an exciting read from start to finish and does a wonderful job of transporting you back in time to a fascinating period of history and takes a look back at some of the excitement while new plants were being discovered, alongside the more questionable events of those years involving slavery.
After the death of her father Daisy has no option but to move to London to live with her sister and her unsufferable husband. She becomes governess to her niece, but her true love is her artwork and she soon finds her work gets noticed in high places. One of those being by the director of Kew Gardens who invites her to work for them, cataloguing all the new flowers and plants.
While there she ‘blossoms’ and becomes confidante to a royal visitor and I loved how the women were at the fore of this story! She also catches the eye of a mystery Dutchman and finds herself wondering just who to trust.. one person definitely not worthy of trust is her sisters’ husband! Awful man!!
This book worked for me on many levels – especially that of the plant links alongside the royal mix! And the fact that the story ventures into the darker side of life at the time with slavery and smuggling really added to the mix. It also gave a good insight into the excitement of the times with new things being discovered in far off lands and brought to these shores.
An exciting historical debut – looking forward to more from this author in the future!