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The Daisy Children: A Novel

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  943 ratings  ·  169 reviews

Inspired by true events, in Sofia Grant’s powerfully moving new novel a young woman peels back the layers of her family’s history, discovering a tragedy in the past that explains so much of the present. This unforgettable story is one of hope, healing, and the discovery of truth.

Sometimes the untold stories of the past are the ones we need to hear...

When Katie Garrett

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Garrett has just lost her job, she once again is not pregnant, and her marriage is in trouble. When she learns she has received an inheritance from her grandmother, "Gomma", whom she met only once as a child, it seemed like a good chance to get away. There she connects with Scarlet, a cousin she has had no prior relationship with. Scarlet has been caring for Gomma, and is excited to finally get to know Katie. Katie's mother had a contentious relationship with her mother, Margaret, leaving ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I get into my review of the book, I want to talk a little about the true event mentioned in the blurb, as it is a subject I've previously read about and was amazed that few people are aware of it today.


On March 18, 1937, the deadliest school disaster in American history happened at New London, Texas, when an explosion ripped through the school and killed an estimated 296 students and teachers. Others ultimately wouldn't survive the injuries they received that day, bringing the death t
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Heading back to Texas after her grandmother died since she was named in the will was the last thing Katie expected to be doing, but it might have been something good since she and Liam were having some problems.

On her way to the airport, she and Liam were mugged and the only thing Katie had was a maxed-out credit card, sixteen dollars, and her driver's license that she managed to keep from the mugger. He took her phone, her computer, and all of her clothes.

Other obstacles were waiting for Katie
In 1937, a gas explosion ripped through a New London, Texas school killing nearly 300 children and their teachers. The event devastated the nation and for many families, the loss was immeasurable. A group of mothers decided to all get pregnant soon after the tragedy and 9 months later giving birth to the "replacement" children. This story follows one such family and how a single horrific moment in time can send ripple effects lasting for generations. This story is based on true events and would ...more
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for providing my free copy of THE DAISY CHILDREN by Sofia Grant - all opinions are my own.

This is a well-written, well-researched novel inspired by true events. The story centers on the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that occurred due to an undetected natural gas leak killing around 300 students and teachers. The story behind this novel is nothing I have ever read about before so I was reading through this book like a crazy pe
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Thought I would enjoy this story ---- but really didn't. So, I had to fast flip thru pages after pages until I was done and then I had another reader to give me their view on this story.
Some of you might like this kind of story ---- I did not. The other reader -- sorta.
Early on in the story, an explosion in Texas killed many people including many children. So, the story begins. Families that lost their children wanted to start over with ----- replacements. And there you go -- the stories begin.
mindful.librarian ☀️
🌼 FABULOUS historical fiction! Definitely on my list of best hist fic for the year.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for this free review copy!
Set in Texas and based on the true events of the New London School Explosion of 1937, Sofia Grant managed to do what almost no one else has for me recently in fiction ~ introduce a NEW historical event into my reading life.
The Daisy Children alternates between present day and events of the past, tying together 4 generations of women in a hear
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
The Daisy Children is the fictional story of a family affected by a historic disaster, an explosion at a school in 1937 that killed many children and adults.  The story mainly concerns itself with Margaret - spoiled, headstrong, one of the so-called 'Daisy Children' who were meant to comfort parents grieving a loss - and her estranged grand-daughter Katie.  

As Katie travels to Texas for a reading of her grandmother's will, subjected to one disastrous occurrence after another, she has nowhere to
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weaving seamlessly back and forth in time, The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant is a multi-generational novel that is based on a real life tragedy.

In 1937, several young lives are tragically taken when a gas leak causes an explosion at their school. Several families immediately have “replacement” children which are referred to as the "Daisy Children". Caroline and Hugh Pierson are one of the families whose “replacement” daughter Margaret is quite willful and stubborn which often puts her at odds wi
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, 2018
So, I will admit, I ended up liking The Daisy Children more than I thought I would. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but I ended up finding myself 3 hours later almost done with the book. I had a couple of issues with the story, but overall, it's a bitter sweet tale about mother/daughter relationships and how tragedy can affect a family for generations.

The book goes between the present, where Katie finds out she inherited part of her estranged grandmother's estate and the past, where we find
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Daisy Children" is the story of Katie, a young woman whose perfect life is spinning out of control. When her grandmother's (who she barely knew) death presents her with an escape route to go to Texas to sort through family secrets. When she gets there, she reconnects with her distant cousin and she and Katie could not be more different. They are left to sort the remainders of their grandmother's life and will learn much about their family along the way. This was a good read full of twists a ...more
Carla Suto
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DAISY CHILDREN by Sofia Grant is heartfelt story of love, loss and family secrets. It is a work of fiction based around a true event that took place in New London, Texas in 1937. A powerful natural gas explosion at the town’s elementary school took the lives of hundreds of children and teachers and changed the lives of their families forever. New children born to these grieving families soon after the tragedy were called the “Daisy Children”. They essentially became “replacements” for the bo ...more
Nancy Reynolds
I won an ARC copy in a Goodreads Giveaway contest by William Morrow Books and this is my HONEST review. The story was inspired by true events. I always enjoy that aspect of a book. However, I found all the characters very negative and ... sad. Other than Scarlet. But I found I had to really force myself to keep reading. And it got really complicated to figure things out - as both Katie and Scarlet found, too. I hate writing a negative review, but I feel honor bound to write my honest feelings. I ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

The Daisy Children is based on the real life story of the New London Texas School explosion in 1937. Several hundred people perished, mostly children. This book tells the fictional story of one of the Daisy Children, conceived to replace their lost sibling. This book is so heartbreaking and moving. It shows, with great compassion and caring, what these families went though and how it forever affe
Courtney McGrale
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waver between 3 and 4 stars here. While the background to the story was hugely compelling and heartbreaking, I got confused by the constant change in the timeline. I loved the writing, but had to look back in the book a few times to recall which character Grant was writing about. The history behind this book was completely news to me, and I was horrified by it. I did really enjoy the multigenerational aspect to this book, I just felt a bit lost at moments. I only found the family tree as I app ...more
In 1937 in the community of New London, Texas, a school exploded, killing nearly 300 children and teachers. One of the richest districts in the state, the school was located in the ‘oil rich’ area, the first with a lighted football field, and heated, not with a central system, but through individual gas heaters throughout the building. In a cost-cutting measure, the decision was made to ‘tap into’ another source: not illegal, but also not safe. Unfortunately, the worst happened, at the school ex ...more
Jul 26, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 00-own-a-copy
Thank you to my friend, Tina Wilson, for sending me a copy of this book!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Sofia Grant's novel The Daisy Children begins with a true event. In 1937, an elementary school in New London, Texas, exploded, killing nearly 300 people, mostly children. Her storyline alternates between the aftermath of that event, and the toll it took on one family, and present day Boston.

In Boston, Kate has just lost her job, and she and her husband are having problems conceiving a baby. Kate's husband works crazy hours at his job, and has become more distant. When Kate gets a letter i
Patty Capkin
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Gayle Slagle
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant is a fictional account based on an actual historical event. In 1937, a gas explosion destroyed the school in New London, Texas, killing over 300 children and teachers. The emotional devastation in the town was understandably profound. A group of mothers who had lost their children decided to try to get pregnant following this tragedy and nine months later, their "replacement" children were born. These babies were referred to at The Daisy Children. The book follo ...more
Cherlynn Womack
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad I won this off of goodreads! This book was very good. It covers 3 generations of women struggling all tied to a tragedy from the 1937 New London School explosion. Margaret was one of the Daisy Children (children born to replace the children killed the explosion). All her life, she feels as if she's nothing more than a replacement as she often butts heads with her mother Caroline. As Margaret has a child of her own, Georgina, they often disagree. It takes the next family generation ...more
Nan Lueder Tiedeman
This book is about four generations of women in Texas. The story begins when there is an explosion at the local school which kills hundreds of children and teachers. The daughter/sibling of two characters was a casualty. I found it very difficult to keep the characters straight. I wish I had found the family tree published at the back of the book earlier. The book moved from one generation to another without any reasoning. Each of the characters had significant personality issues. The premise is ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daisy Children is inspired by the New London School explosion of 1937; the "Daisies", as they were called, is purely fictional.

This story is filled with generations of secrets left for Katie and Scarlett, cousins who have been named in Margaret's will, to discover. Katie has only met her grandmother, Margaret, one time while Scarlett was very close to her.

I really enjoyed this book and thank William Morrow for the advanced copy won in a Goodreads giveaway.

Caroline Johnson
I enjoyed reading this book. I agree with the other reader who thought that throwing in a romance was the wrong way to go. The book would have been even better if the main character would have found her inner strength and joy without another romance. I won this book from Good reads.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads, fiction
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
The writing was exceptional but I found the attempt to add romance into the story a bit too much.
Janette Mcmahon
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel of family secrets and tragedy. The ramifications of choices made and how they linger generation after generation. For readers of Wiseman and de Rosnay.
Kathleen Brunnett
A story based around the true event of a school explosion in New London, Texas. In 1937, a seemingly innocent act sent a flame to a crawl space filled with a mixture of gas and air. Over 300 children were killed. While I would have liked this tragedy to figure more into the main story line and some of the main characters less annoying, I felt it was a decent read. Shout to college friend Terri W for sharing this title on Goodreads where it caught my attention.
Annie Camp
I enjoyed this book but was disappointed by the ending. I never really understood Georgina’s hatred of Margaret, or any part of Katie’s relationship with Liam. Felt like a rush job.
Leza Palguta
This started out very strong but just fizzled out in the end. Disappointed. 😕
Amy Troiano
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It had me guessing the whole time and it came together nicely.
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Called a “writing machine” by the New York Times and a “master storyteller” by the Midwest Book Review, Sofia Grant has written dozens of novels for adults and teens under the name Sophie Littlefield. She has won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. Visit and for more inform ...more

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