Jun 24, 2015

Australia Week: Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly - Review and Giveaway

As 1900 draws to a close, Berylda Jones, having completed her university exams for entry to medicine is heading home to Bathurst for Christmas. Tragically, 'home' is where she and her beloved sister Greta live in terror, under the control of their sadistic Uncle Alec.

But this summer Berylda has a plan - borne out of desperation - to free herself and Greta from Alec for good, if she can only find the courage to execute it.

Then, on New Year's Eve, just as Alec tightens his grip over the sisters, a stranger arrives at their gate - Ben Wilberry, a botanist, travelling west in search of a particular native wildflower, with his friend, the artist Cosmo Thompson.

Ben is at first oblivious to what depravity lies beyond this threshold and what follows is a journey that will take him and Berylda, Greta and Cosmo, out to the old gold rush town of Hill End - a tumbledown place with its own dark secrets - in search of a means to cure evil and a solution to what seems an impossible situation.

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Australian Federation and the coming of the Women's Vote, Paper Daisies is a story of what it means to find moral courage, of a crime that must be committed to see justice done and a sweet love that grows against the odds.

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Review

Berylda Jones wants to become a doctor. It's 1900 and it isn't common for women to study. She's done all the exams she needs to do to be able to start and is heading home for the holidays. She dreads going there as it means she'll have to be under the same roof as her uncle Alec. Alec has Berylda and her sister Greta in his power. He's in charge of everything and has the authority to make all the decisions. Unfortunately he's creepy and mean. Berylda can escape in her studies, but it means she has to leave her sister behind with a psychopath. It's something she keeps struggling with, because she doesn't want to do that.

When she meets botanist Ben Wilberry and invites him and his travel companion to spend New Year's Eve with them Berylda sees a great opportunity. She asks Ben to accompany her and her sister to a Chinese doctor who has miraculously cured a man who had cancer. Ben and his friend Cosmo are traveling with the sisters. Ben wants to find rare daisies and he's excited about the trip. Not only because of the flowers, but also because it gives him the chance to spend time with Berylda. Only Berylda finds herself in an impossible situation and she only sees one solution...

Paper Daisies is a beautiful story about a woman who wants to have the freedom to do what she likes. She wants to be able to study and she also thinks it's unfair that an evil man has so much control over her and her sister simply because they are women and they can't have access to their own money. Berylda is smart, she's really smart, and she comes up with a plan, but it's something that will destroy her inside if it will ever be carried out.

Ben is such a sweet man. He has a good heart and he's loving and caring. He's awkward around women, but for Berylda he's doing his very best. He wants her to like him and hopes they will have a future together. Berylda doesn't want to depend on a man and she doesn't want to fall in love. Ben is a good man, but will she see it? I couldn't wait to find out. I loved this story, it's got a wonderful setting, a little bit of mystery, great main characters and a lot of fantastic descriptions. Kim Kelly has done her research so well. I was transported to a different time and it was like I could see the whole story, it felt like I was there. I think authors who are able to write like that have an amazing gift. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

Giveaway

Kim Kelly will send the winner of this giveaway a copy of her book. Good luck!

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I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.     

26 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fascinating family drama. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Just sounds like a great book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  3. Sounds like a fascinating family drama. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I want to give this genre a try. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and would be nice to check out historical books.

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  5. Of course I'd want to read. This is not a familiar genre to me so I'd love to venture once.

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  6. find out about the characters

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  7. Seems like the kind of book I would enjoy.

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  8. It looks like a really interesting book xx

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  9. This sounds right up my street. A great story and a bit of love and the cover is lovely.

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  10. I'd like to read this book because I love historical fiction, and I've never read a historical fiction book about Australia!

    Carolina M on rafflecopter

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  11. I love reading historical fiction of all genre's and this one gives that and an insight to a different country altogether for me

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  12. I love historical romance and I love that she is studying to become a doctor !

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  13. The review tells me I will enjoy this read.

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  14. The review sounded great and I love to read all books :)

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  15. I like to read new books and this isn't something I would normally read

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  16. I'm a sucker for historical novels, and this sounds like exactly the sort of thing I like to read

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  17. It sounds such a readable, interesting book

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  18. It sounds like a good book
    Jade H

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  19. Your review is great and I would love to review it x

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  20. I would like to read Paper Daisies as I am always looking for new discoveries to read :)

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  21. I like reading historical romances, & this sounds like a good one.

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  22. I would like to give this to the mother-in-law

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