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The Other Daughter

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  7,516 ratings  ·  934 reviews
Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of thr ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!

I enjoyed this historical read. My only complaint is that the romance was very weak. I wish I could elaborate more but I'm in a serious book reviewing funk so I'll get back to this one later.

ARC provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elyse  Walters
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A surprise Joyful Read!
From start to finish I enjoyed the storytelling!
This novel has everything I enjoy in a fiction novel ...
From loss, grief, poverty, and a discovered adventure story takes on a life of its own.

Engaging, charming, mysterious, a little mischievous, and a little romantic....
Lauren Willig has written a wonderful 'curl-up-and-snuggle' escape read. One or two sittings and the end has come before you've realized it.

Watch Rachel transform... starting with a vengefu
Personally, I don't prefer historical fiction. I'll choose another genre over it at pretty much every opportunity unless it has been strongly recommended or I just don't have anything else to read, the latter being the case with The Other Daughter. That being said, it didn't take me long at all to know I was going to devour this book. I loved it ♥

Lauren Willig created an amazing storyline and characters for this standalone novel. This story offers family secrets, deceit, revenge, false identitie
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read a few other books by Lauren Willig (all from the Pink Carnation series) and I found them mildly likeable but often felt like they were trying too hard -- wanting to be smarter, wanting to be a little bit more feminist and adventurous, or a little more romantic than they could ultimately sustain. I would say The Other Daughter is a massive step forward for Ms Willig, especially in crafting characters. And, oddly, though the plot in this novel becomes twice as intricate as any of the Pin ...more
Jody McGrath
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I wavered between a 3 and a 4. I read the book in one sitting, it was good. But it won't stand out in my mind a week from now. Everything seemed too easy for the heroine. She was a governess, who found out she was the illegitimate daughter of an earl. She decided she was going to become a part of the Bright Young Things and get access to him so she could confront him. Seconds later, she meets filthy rich Simon, who has an agenda of his own and fronts the money for the whole thing. He has never m ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's so try-hard with its premise, and yet does nothing interesting with it. And the "banter" is just terrible. Terrible! I finished it, so that's it's only virtue, really.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars

In 1927, Rachel Woodley is living in France working as a governess. She receives a telegram altering her to her mother's ailing health in England. Upon her return to England she discovers that she is too late; her mother has died. While going through her mother's room, Rachel discovers a picture, torn out from a gossip publication, of her father posing wit a woman who is listed as his daughter, Olivia. This is a traumatic moment for Rachel, as she was told when she was 4 years old that
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
After her mother dies of influenza, Rachel stumbles upon a picture torn from the society pages of a magazine. It's of her father who she thought was dead together with his daughter –– the eponymous other daughter. As an earl he has everything, wealth, status and respect. All things she lacks.

She forms an uneasy alliance with Simon, a gossip columnist who is a society insider and manages to insinuate herself into the bright young things of London in the 1920s. But as she sets her plan into motio
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a bit skeptical of this book when I first started it. I didn't really agree with the main character's desire for revenge. Despite the great wrong done to her, I wished she'd be a bit more curious as to WHY it was done....and consider possibly she wasn't the only victim in this great tragedy.

Well, as things progress Rachel's eyes do open and I liked her more.

Around 80% or so a twist definitely occurs and then around 90% there are some more unexpected twists and turns...

In the end I was re
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off, many thanks to St. Martin's Press for the ARC! Courtney made my dreams come true when she offered this huge Lauren Willig fan a copy! :)

This was a great book! It had secrets, intrigue, revenge-- you name it! There wasn't very much actual romance, and it was a clean read. It was also on the short side. I wanted to keep reading non stop and was sad to finish. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the fact that it felt a little superficial, and could have been deeper if more had b
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Secrets and Lies...this is a raw, poignant story of a young woman discovering the truth of her family secrets. I liked the era, made me think of Hemingway and the Fitzgerald's, and I liked how Ms. Willig has shown the growth in Rachel/Vera. A few plot twists and intriguing characters make this an enjoyable read. If there had been more depth to the building of the relationship for the romantic aspect, this would be a 5 star rating.
Worthy of a reread.

What a wonderful book to come back from a long audiobook hiatus.

Just a heads up, there was one scene right at the beginning that made me cry. I rarely cry. But this scene is about mothers and with Nicola's narration it absolutely kills you, so I suggest listening to the book :)

The Other Daughter is an exciting page-turner. From the get-go I knew I was going to love Rachel's character. Instead of being cold or snotty with her prim and proper personality, Rachel is incredibly wa
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The year is 1927 and Rachel Woodley is a governess to three spoiled children. She gets word that her mother is gravely ill and by the time she reaches her side, it's too late. Her mother has passed away and Rachel has even missed the funeral. While she is cleaning out her mother's house, she finds a photograph of a man that looks exactly like her deceased father. This sends her for a tailspin, obviously, as she has always been told her father is dead. After more digging, she finds out her father ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great historical fiction that was both entertaining and a joy to read. Although, I seriously would have had a hard time tearing up the paper at the end just to piss off Violet.

There are a lot of lies, a lot of secrets and a lot of trickery going on in this story and the author captured it perfectly. Frankly, I would have wanted to get on that ship myself and see what happens next.

I really felt like I knew the characters in this book and was sad to have to say goodbye to them. It was st
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I think it would take a lot for me not to like a Lauren Willig novel. I love historical books, this one set in early 1920's England, one of my favorite periods. Add in family secrets, lies, snarky humor, and just a dash of love, well, you pretty much have my attention.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read this was! Its competent intelligent writing reminded me of Susanna Kearsley's work. The story maybe a little light on romance but it's fully compensated by a very engaging plot (I had hard time walking away from reading and consumed the story almost in one setting) , beautiful characterization, and setting that sparkled with authenticity. I felt transported to this deceptively care-free, neurotic time known as the Roaring Twenties. Numerous secondary characters didn't dest ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pinks. Historical Romance readers.
Recommended to Christina by: St. Martins Press
After a successful divergence from her Napoleonic spy romances of the Pink Carnation series with the post-Edwardian "The Ashford Affair" and "That Summer" novels, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig again embarks on another stand-alone narrative with "The Other Daughter".

Rachel Woodley, a governess working in France, learns her mother has died. As if that isn't enough, she soon discovers her supposedly dead father is not only alive and well but is an influential earl...and head of pr
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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With a perfect blend of secrets, lies, suspense, and intrigue, Lauren Willig has truly captured my attention in this poignant, beautiful and addicting historical read. This was first my book that I have read from this author and after reading this page-turning book, this is surely won't be my last. The Other Daughter was a touching tale that unraveled the raw depths of emotions of a young woman discovering the truth of her f
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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I've eyed Lauren Willig's novels for a long time, but The Other Daughter marks my first real experience with her work. I read The Record Set Right, the short Willig contributed to Fall of Poppies, but there's a world of difference between an anthology submission and a full length narrative. It's apples to oranges really, but that's neither here nor there.

I listened to the audio edition of The Other Daughter and I think it sa
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've recently read Lauren Willig's The English Wife and liked it very much, so I thought I'd give one of her older standalone novels a read. I'm gonna come straight out and say The Other Daughter is sort of the younger, slightly awkward sister. I enjoyed it, but it's just not as interesting a novel. There's also a romance, which I thought popped out of thin air. It's quite underdeveloped. And while it wasn't bad per se, I certainly didn't feel the chemistry or the need for those characters to be ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-library, 2015
I had a hard time getting past the fact that Rachel was able to take on the persona of Vera with such aplomb! Maybe in 2015, but no way in the 1920s. This book was just not my cup of tea, Rachel-as-Vera was just irritating, petulant and whiny. Rachel-as-Rachel was too wide-eyed and indignant - I wanted both of them to fall of a cliff. There wasn't enough tension between Rachel and the ultimate love interest to make it plausible.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Likeable story that takes place in England in the 1920s. One could tell the author researched this era well. Points for that as I really like historical fiction books. Other good qualities: secrecy, romance and delightful ending. I wasn't too keen on the many pages/chapters of conversation but still a pleasant read.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it

This was a nice light read especially as a stress buster for exams.

It's a historical novel that takes place during the roaring 20's.
Rachel Woodley is a governess who recently discovers that her presumed dead father has actually been alive and is in good standing with his own family. Infuriated by is abandonment she ensnares herself into a plot for revenge with the help of the cheeky enigmatic journalist, Simon. The plot that seems straightforward at first becomes more complex and dark as the
Stephanie Anze
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded to 4

Rachel Woodley is a governess in France. When a telegram arrives saying her mother is very sick, she rushes back home to England. Upon arrival, Rachel learns two things: her mother died and the father she thought had died (during her childhood) is actually an earl living in London. Overcome with grief and anger, Rachel forms an alliance with Simon (a gossip newspaper writer) where she takes on a new identity to infiltrate the London elite to hopefully confront her father. S
Hoover Public Library Adult Fiction
After her mother’s death, Rachel finds a picture of her long-dead father on a page torn from a gossip magazine; only, he isn’t dead. He is very much a living Earl with a second family. Confused and devastated all over again once her father’s cousin confirms his identity, she is determined to confront him and exact revenge for his seemingly inexplicable abandonment. With the help of her cousin’s former student, the cynical, devil-may-care Simon, Rachel poses as a wealthy heiress and inserts herse ...more
Ava Brightly ☕
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This time period is a favorite. Ive been binging on Downton Abbey so the cover caught my eye right off the bat. I havent read Lauren Willig before (crazy, right?) leaving me with no comparison from her back titles. I am impressed and will definitely explore her earlier works.

The Other Daughter (I keep calling it The Other Sister...*pardon my mnemonic brain hiccup*) unfolds with a sad event, a family secret, hints of Pygmaleonesque romance, revenge, and loyalty: the perfect recipe for historical
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was refreshing to read about someone searching for her past that was still a linear novel. I did listen to it in one day, which was a plus. I listened to it while my dog ran away, unknown to me, since I was busy listening, so I'll always probably not remember it with the right amount of fondness!
The characters were likable and flawed. I love that it took place during the Jazz Age and mixed classes. Getting a look at the very upper class of England from the educated lower cl
Hannah Fielding
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have this book to blame for being very tired today – I stayed up so late reading it; I was completely gripped. There is no better feeling than being completely immersed in a story world – and no sadder feeling than the book ending! But I have the comfort that all of the author’s other books await me. I have discovered, through The Other Daughter, a new author to add to my favourites list.

This book is just fabulous: witty, indu
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Though she has been on my 'To Be Read' radar for some time, this is the first Lauren Willig novel I have had the opportunity to read, and I'm happy to say I found it to be a pleasant experience. Her writing has a nice style and flow that makes it easy to read and the pages quick to turn.

The main character, Rachel, is likeable, and it is fun to watch her transform in Pygmalion/Cinderella-style into outrageous party girl "Vera" in order to gain access to her father and his second family. And the s
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Lauren Willig and her books. I binged read the Pink Carnation series but this book does not seem to be as tightly plotted as her other books. The actions of the main character, Rachel, seems to have very little impact on the outcome of the book. Also, unlike Willig's other books, the main character has very little interaction with the leading man Simon. The hook up at the end between Rachel and Simon seems to come out of the blue. Overall, this is the weakest book I have read by Willig. I ...more
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leavin ...more

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