The Daisy Club
Daisy, Freddie, Aurelia and Laura are the Daisy Club, formed from their year at the finishing school at Twistleton Court. When war breaks out the village, Twistleton becomes the embodiment of everything for which they are fighting, especially when it is requisitioned by the army and they have to take shelter at Twistleton Hall.
It took me a long time to get into this book. There were so many characters and different stories to piece together that it threatened my desire to actually finish it. Once I had established who was who, it became a lot clearer, and it turned into a decent story. There were phrases that were a delight to read – ‘she was last week’s custard’ and the irreverent term for the Local Defence Volunteers – ‘look, duck and vanish brigade.’ These little asides really added to the atmosphere and helped make it enjoyable.