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The Wednesday Daughters

(Wednesday #2)

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,307 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Meg Waite Clayton, nationally bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with a compassionate, wise, and enthralling new novel of mothers and daughters, best friends who become family, and secrets and dreams passed down through the generations.

It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, A
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m going to admit I struggled with this book.
I hadn’t read book one, I didn’t realise it was a series and I felt like I’d missed something all the way through.

I see there are others that have struggled and found the book hard to read or connect with.
I really wanted to finish it, but halfway I decided to skim my review is only based on the first half of the book.
Meg Clayton
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Wednesday Sisters fans,

Thanks so much to the delightfully many of you who suggested I write this sequel of sorts that I never meant to write. It was such a warm pleasure to rejoin these old friends and their now-grown daughters, and I would never have thought to do it if not for you. I hope the daughters find as comfortable a place in your affections as their mothers did, and as you have found in mine.

Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I loved the Wednesday Sisters and gave it 5 stars. I think the only reason I gave the Wednesday Daughters 2 stars was because of that.

This book was dreadful. The final chapters tied it all together and I would like to say you could read those and know what was going on, but there were bits of information threaded throughout the book.

The book was confusing. I thought I was losing my memory because I couldn't keep the characters straight, but see others had the same problem. It didn't help that th
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
The one star given is, appropriately, 'did NOT like it'.

Nor could I continue reading it. It remains unfinished.

As to the writing, much of the beginning was actually garbled. Constant confusion of voices and multiple characters. It continued with each chapter change of undesignated viewpoints.

The only writing I valued was the fictional discussions with Beatrix Potter, the deceased mother's unpublished work in progress. Each chapter opened with a Potter quote which was delightful. Unfortunately,
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very memorable book. There isn't a tremendous amount of action in this novel, but there is substance. This book will at times make you laugh, make you reminisce and even make you shed a few tears.

This novel is very much about people and the unbreakable bonds that form among the women in a family from generation to generation. There are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and you will find yourself thinking of them long after the last page has been turned. The characters in this book are y
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Loved the Wednesday Sisters but thought this one was a huge mess. I felt like it started in the middle because I had no idea who anyone was (even though I read the first book!) and even after I figured out who was who, like many other reviewers, I had a hard time following it. Absolutely terrible. I'm not even sure why I'm going it two whole stars. ...more
Pam Camel
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dry, boring, monotone and confusing. I don't have a clue what I read. I was excited about it because I loved the wendsday sisters. The wendsday Daughters leave a lot to be desisted. ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I loved “The Wednesday Sisters,” so I was pretty excited when “The Wednesday Daughters” came out. I wanted to love this book, but there were too many structural oddities that prevented it. If Clayton wanted to be omniscient, as she clearly did to craft the story as such, then why didn’t she choose third-person omniscient? It would have flushed out the almost head-hopping first chapters that felt scattered and frenetic. Fortunately, the pace did slow down later on. Telling the story from Hope’s p ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book once I got into it. The descriptions of the locales are wonderful and they make the reader feel like they are there in the Lake District of England. The interactions of the characters are intriguing. The way that Beatrix Potter is woven in, gives the book an added dimension. I would definitely recommend this book!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
As beautiful as the writing in this book is, it almost makes me feel bad to say how much I did not enjoy the book. Almost. Too many characters introduced too quickly who's voices are all too similar. I spent the first half of the book thoroughly confused as to which woman I was reading about or who was talking because they all sound the same. They all quote the same classic authors and have all the same (non-funny) humor. Therefore, I found it very hard to care about them. I pretty much only sor ...more
The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton is a 2013 Random House /Ballantine publication. I was provided a copy of this book as a part of the Library Thing early review program in exchange for an honest review.

I will be honest and confess I did not read the first book- The Wednesday Sisters. I didn't even realize this book was a sequel. So, it goes without saying that you can read this one as a stand alone, but it might enhance this one for you if you had the back story.

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Hope Tantry along with her friends, Anna and Julie visits the cottage where her mother spent the last years of her life. Hope’s mother’, Ally, had used this cottage as a retreat to finish her biography on Beatrix Potter. Hope knew very little about the time her mother spent here.
Hope soon realises that there’s a lot of things that she did not know about her mother – like the friendly neighbour next door and the encoded journal that ally left hidden in a drawer. Hope is overwhelmed by her grief,
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the prequel to this book, The Wednesday Sisters, quite a bit, as well as The Four Ms. Bradwells, so of course was looking forward to this one. What a disappointment! First, the Beatrix Potter thing just does not work. It wasn't interesting, it made the plot confusing, and if you're not a Potter fan, it's just annoying. Then, I can appreciate the challenge of writing a sequel attuned to fine line between not boring the readers who read the prior book and not confusing the readers who have ...more
I’m being generous with 3 stars.

I had high hopes for the sequel (or complement) to The Wednesday Sisters. Unfortunately, the book takes on the frenetic, chaotic rambling of too many undefined characters, with too many rushed details, with too many run-on sentences, to care about. There isn't a clear backstory, but even knowing the history (admittedly read a few years ago) I was terribly confused about where the storyline landed, and when.

At about the halfway mark, however, the books pace final
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this novel mainly because it had been so long since I had read The Wednesday Sisters and I was trying to familiarize myself with the characters again. Once I realized that those characters are just on the fringes of this novel I could relax into this one and lose myself in a new set of people. I really liked this book. Meg did a fantastic job of weaving people in and out of the story and I loved how different yet intertwined everyone was. Good read!!
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this as an advanced reading copy and loved it. The Wednesday Sisters was a terrific novel and this is equally charming and absorbing. Clayton gives us wonderful characters with heart who stay with you long after the novel is over.
Sharon Huether
A take off from Wednesday sisters. The daughters take a trip to England. Hope, Anna Page and Julie arrive in the Lake District to help Hope sort through her mothers things. It brought back bittersweet memories. Hope and her friends sort through their own problems. It draws them closer together.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A strong emotional story of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. I loved the little details that brought you into story, like the slipper tub and the Beatrix Potter stories. A book to be enjoyed.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
During the late 1960s, five extraordinary young women - Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally and Brett - forged an amazing friendship that endured for a lifetime. Although the ladies initially had little in common with each other beyond a shared love of literature and watching the ‘Miss America Pageant’ together, their casual bond quickly blossomed into a much stronger relationship than any of the women could ever have imagined. ‘The Wednesday Sisters’ as they began calling themselves, soon realized that ...more
David Edmonds
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, signed, own, arc, read-2013
So, I'm not going to lie. When I received The Wednesday Daughters in the mail, I anxiously picked it right up and started reading, having loved Meg Waite Clayton's two previous novels. Then I thought for a moment that I was reading something a little too familiar. I felt like The Wednesday Daughters was treading too similar waters, that the characters from The Wednesday Sisters had been dropped into the setting of The Four Ms Bradwells, where friends go off to a cottage in the woods to deal with ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
It is rare that I don’t finish a book. This one is so boring and I don’t understand the Beatrix Potter bits. I don’t think I ever read any of her books. I give up.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
Meg Waite Clayton's book The Wednesday Daughters is absolutely wonderful book about families - immediate and extended families - about friends, about love, about lovers and spouses, about children and parents, about books and authors, about old and new memories, about losses and grief, about finding things you didn't know were lost and things you thought you lost forever, and most of all about not losing the love of the loved ones, who are no longer with us.

It was really deep and emotional book.
Patty Mccormick
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book it is about 3 women who are the Wednesday daughters and they come together after Hope’s mother dies. They bring her ashes to leave them in England’s Lake District where her mother went to write. I liked the characters in this book, they were real people to me. I enjoyed the excerpts from the Beatrix Potter stories at the beginning of each chapter. I found it a little weird at first that the ghost of Beatrix Potter was following Hope’s mom around all the time, but you get us ...more
Jan Stites
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I liked most about Meg Clayton Waite’s new novel The Wednesday Daughters is its gentleness. Maybe because so much of what we read or hear about these days is grim, grim, grim, I felt eased into a softer world every time I opened the book. There’s sadness and loss recounted in the story, of course, but there are also short passages of description of England’s Lake District or the well realized details of a sunset that are captivating. Much of the book involves a reimagined Beatrix Potter, an ...more
Aliesha Fullerman
Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
I honestly hated this book. I picked it up to read because I enjoyed the Wednesday Sisters well enough (although I think I remember being annoyed with many parts of that book too). I thought the characters were caricatures of themselves, which is how I felt about the first book too - the sweet girl who quotes Beatrix Potter constantly and says, "Heavens to Betsy" constantly - ugh. I also HATED the constant Beatrix Potter quotes that started every chapter. I just found the whole thing rather anno ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
I absolutely LOVED THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS and awaited receiving a copy of THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS and voraciously began reading my copy as soon as it was downloaded! Unfortunately only moments had passed when I realized that this sequel WAS NOT of the same quality as the previous publication. Whereas THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS showed depth of characters, the sequel was severely lacking in this area . In fact, the story line throughout was SHALLOW. I had looked forward to reading more of Meg Waite Clay ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I found this very difficult to read. What I found particularly disconcerting is how the narrator grapples with her identity. Hope's (Asha's) mother is white and her father is from India. How do terms like mulatto, quadroon, octoroon even make it into a book like this?? And supposedly part of Hope's issues with the possibility of having children is as she states "I don't want to be mistaken for my child's nanny". I really could not understand how this made it past an editor. The ending is only so ...more
Lori Spielman
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this wonderful book. A fan of The Wednesday Sisters, I had been eagerly awaiting another "Wednesday" story. In contrast to their mothers, I found The Wednesday Daughters more accomplished, their issues more complex, their relationships more conflicted. Set in the English Lake District, Meg Waite Clayton's descriptions are vivid and alluring, her prose lyrical. Fans of The Wednesday Sisters, along with fans of Beatrix Potter, will flock to this book. ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read the first book, The Wednesday Sisters, and stuck it out, even though it took a while to get into it. I can't say it was the best thing I've read, but it was enough to get me to pick up the sequal at the library. When I realized that the sequal was equally slow - starting, I lost interest fast. It was hard to get to know the characters (and remember them)....and as much as I hate to not finish a book once I've started it, I didn't finish this one. I found it unexciting and not worth my tim ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-reading
First of all I want to say that I LOVED The Wednesday Sisters, so I was thrilled when I saw The Wednesday Daughters. I snapped it up. I also want to say that I LOVE Meg Waite Clayton's writing style. However, I was often confused with what was going on in this book. To me it seemed to be all over the place. Then it would come together and I became absorbed in the story... THEN just like that the story became disjointed again making it hard to follow.
The end tied it up nicely, but, for me the con
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Meg Waite Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of the international bestseller and National Jewish Book Award finalist THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON, the #1 Amazon fiction bestseller BEAUTIFUL EXILES, the Langum-Prize honored national bestseller THE RACE FOR PARIS -- recommended reading by Glamour Magazine and the BBC, and an Indie Next Booksellers' pick -- and THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, one of E ...more

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