- File Size: 1399 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: HQ; 1 edition (January 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P2NAQOA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Girl From Cobb Street (Daisy's War) Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed every page of the novel about Daisy Driscoll, who grew up in an orphanage in Cobb Stree in London’s East End.
Daisy goes to India to marry her fiancee, Gerald Mortimer a handsome cavalry subaltern in a prestigious regiment.
She arrives at the quayside, with the intention of telling Gerald something important before they marry. To her dismay, she is met by Anish Rana, an Indian cavalry officer, who escorts her to the church where she has no opportunity to speak to Gerald before the ceremony.
They marry in St John’s Afghan Church, Colaba, Bombay, where the author’s parents married in April 1937.
Perhaps Merryn Allingham’s family connection with India helped her to write convincingly about India, at a time when the struggle for Independence was taking place.
As an orphan, Daisy longs for love, but from the moment she arrives in India, where the only person she knows is Gerald, her life takes many unexpected twists and turns.
I enjoyed the novel so much that I intend to read the sequels. The Nurse’s War and Daisy’s Long Road Home.
Fate has dealt Daisy Driscoll a very bad hand. Born on the wrong side of the blanket, and left to grow up in a grim orphanage in the East End of London, Daisy’s early life has been blighted by poverty, cruelty and misery. Determined not to make the same mistakes which her mother had made and adamant to make something with her life, Daisy has worked hard and has used all of her intelligence and resolve to secure a respectable future for herself. However, she is constantly dogged by other people’s jealousy and covetousness. Making ends meet becomes a daily struggle for Daisy, but after a lifetime of unhappiness and despair her luck finally looks set to change when a chance encounter propels her straight into the arms of dashing soldier Gerald Mortimer. A night of passion quickly ensues and when Daisy discovers that she is pregnant with Gerald’s baby, she realises that she’s got no other choice but to marry the man whose child she is carrying. Marrying Gerald means having to leave her life in England behind for the exoticism of India where her new husband is stationed. However, on her arrival, Daisy soon realises that the blissful idyll she had imagined for herself and Gerald is far removed from the reality she has found herself in.
The caring and considerate man she had fallen madly in love with in London seems to have been replaced by a cold and aloof stranger, the other army wives are hostile and unkind towards her and she has been forced to spend the rest of her days rattling around in a derelict house in the middle of nowhere. Miles away from civilization and with only a devious servant to keep her company, Daisy cannot help but wonder whether she has made a terrible mistake marrying a man who seems intent on keeping her at arm’s length. What secrets is Gerald hiding for her? Why won’t he tell her anything about their financial situation? And why is he so determined that she joins the other army wives in Simla as soon as possible? As if Daisy doesn’t have enough to contend with, she is also troubled by the mysterious presence of District Officer Grayson Harte who seems to be following her around…
When Daisy finds herself the victim of a series of dangerous incidents that almost cost her her life, she begins to wonder about the identity of the person who is intent on causing her harm. Is Grayson Harte the culprit? Or is the enemy someone who is a little bit too close for comfort? Will happiness ever be within her grasp? Or will Daisy be condemned to a lifetime of loneliness and regret?
Merryn Allingham exquisite balances history, suspense, drama and emotion in this atmospheric tale of secrets, lies, passion and deception. Writing with confidence, flair and style, this talented storyteller brings 1930s India to vivid and colourful life and she will sweep readers off to a world of danger and desire they will find themselves reluctant to leave.
A compulsively readable page-turner I found myself unable to put down, The Girl from Cobb Street has at its heart a courageous, resourceful and resilient heroine readers will root for, charismatic and enigmatic leading men and a lively cast of supporting characters guaranteed to keep readers glued to the book’s pages.
Dramatic, engrossing and simply irresistible, The Girl from Cobb Street is the first title in what promises to be an unmissable trilogy from the talented pen of Merryn Allingham.
This review was originally published on Single Titles.
Any slight, insult or offence committed by any wife can have a knock-on effect on the husband and his career. Then there are the rules about associating with the natives or the Indian officers, even the so-called Anglo-Indians are off-limits for the British officers and wives. A very racist and biased environment, which probably also played a role in the revolt of the native population.
The women are expected to be waited on hand and foot by servants, regardless of whether they can do or are used to doing certain work themselves. Everything is about image and perception.
Daisy finds it hard to deal with doing nothing at all and refuses to tow the line like the other women. She starts finding herself in precarious situations and odd accidents start to happen. Until she suspects that the accidents aren’t just coincidences. Daisy finds herself mixed up in an unexpected and dangerous situation with no salvation in sight.
At the end of this first book in the Daisy’s War series I think it is fair to say that as a reader I would like to delve more deeply into the story of Daisy’s parentage. Her story seems to infer a connection to India, one that would explain her less than English rose complexion perhaps.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Harlequin MIRA.