Oh wow, I took this book on holiday with me and instantly lost myself between the pages as we meet Kate and Daisy and got to know and witness firsthand their daily battles.
Daisy was born with cystic fibrosis when Kate was just 19 and since then everything in Kate’s life has dramatically changed as it is now all about keeping Daisy healthy. A story that provides insight into how cystic fibrosis can cause so many complications within a tiny body and highlighting how this is not the definition of who the person and instead is just a part of them. I personally find this element really easy to empathise and connect with as when you have a health condition, people often recognise you as the person with, rather than the person you actually are.
This story is so heartwarming, at times it breaks your heart in two but then heals it again as Kate & Daisy continue to make memories and deal with the normal highs and lows of being five. There is a wonderful assortment of characters in this book emphasising that it takes a village to raise a child and to accept the help and support where it is available to ensure you feel less alone and remember that you also have to look after yourself.
A great story that I raced through and felt so much empathy for the characters, I was disappointed to reach the end of this wonderful journey with Kate & Daisy.
Does your past define your future?
When her daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, Kate Micklethwaite vowed that Daisy would never be defined by the illness. Kate is determined that her perfect little girl will be known for her love of butterflies and croissants and nothing else. Kate does all she can to be the perfect mother – whatever that means – and yet, somehow, has started seeing herself the way others see her: single parent, source of small-town scandal, drop-out, former mistress. Half a family.
When Daisy starts school, Kate meets her new teacher, the kind and charming Mr Spencer Swanson. Now, with more time on her hands Kate can start thinking about her own future. With her Open University dissertation deadline looming, Kate needs to decide what she wants next. But as she and Spencer get to know each other, Kate notices that people are whispering behind her back once more . . .
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Meet the Author
Stephanie Butland is the author of beloved bookshop tale ‘Lost For Words’ and her new novel ‘The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae’, released in ebook and paperback 19th April 2018 (available for pre-order now).
Stephanie lives in Northumberland, close to the place where she grew up. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and loves being close to the sea. She’s thriving after cancer.
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