The Silversmith’s Daughter

Written by Annie Murray
Review by Marilyn Sherlock

1915. War has broken out with Germany, and life is about to change for everyone. Twenty year old Daisy Tallis is a talented silversmith who trained at the School of Jewellery and Silversmithing in Birmingham from the age of 14, and is now herself a teacher at the school. There she falls for the charms of married James Carsen, becomes pregnant by him, and against all the odds decides to keep the child when it is finally born. The book follows all the ups and downs of her life in Birmingham with a small child and the effort to keep up with her silversmithing.

This interesting story is set in an age when women are still largely expected to grow up, marry and keep the home going. Careers for girls are limited. However, when the young men are sent to France, many of them coming back to English hospitals to be patched up before they are sent back to the front, the women left behind have to cope as best they can. Daisy is able to continue with her own work by teaching groups of invalids. The story rolls on effortlessly, the characterisation is good, and for once, this is a romance very much of the period in which it is set. It is full of the emotions and feelings of the age, and I enjoyed it. Does it all come right for Daisy at the end? The reader will have to find out.