A FATHER FOR DAISY (A Barnesville Novel)


Thirteen years ago, at her senior prom, Gillian Crane did the unthinkable – she became drunk for the first time and lost her virginity to an unknown man. Later, when she found out she was pregnant, her unloving, unyielding mother threw her out and told her never to return.

Gillian succeeds in building a new life for herself in New York City, vowing never to see her childhood home again. But when she learns her mother is dying, she drags her twelve-year-old daughter back to hell on earth, also known as Barnesville. Once again caught in small town life amongst old friends and enemies, her past comes back to haunt her, turning her world upside down as the question still remains. Who is the father of her child?

     High School is always a difficult time in all teenagers lives.  I don’t care if you come from the finest of families or the wrong side of the tracks.  You have so many hormones taking over your body at once of course no one’s love life or lack of one is more important than yours.
     Which was exactly true for Gillian Crane a senior in high school and madly in love with Luke Walker.  Of course Luke was not a boy that was approved of by what Gilly called the “Barnesville Hyenas.”  The Ladies of the Church who like to belittle you.  So when she was asked to the senior prom by her best friend ever Andrew Marshall she thought perfect.
     You see she used countless hours with Andrew telling her woes him and his mother Alma.  You see Rachel her mother was not a loving mother at all.  Very bitter really.  Along with the complaining the talked about how in love she was with Luke.  The thing was the whole time Andy had a secret crush on her.  So once they got to the prom they parted because she was all caught up in professing her love to Luke and that made Andy mad.  Not knowing any better Gilly drank the punch and it was spiked so she got really smashed. 
     All she remembers is the next morning is waking up really sore knowing she had lost her virginity.  Yet, she didn’t feel violated.  She assumed it was Luke.  She is sent away because she finds out a few weeks later that she is indeed pregnant.  And that she is unmarried so that is a reflection on her mother and she can’t have that now can she?  So her mother gives her all the money she has on hand in the house and puts her on a bus and sends her away telling her never to come back.
     Fast forward thirteen years.  The same extremely cruel mother that sent her away at eighteen pregnant and alone was dying from heart failure.  Which I would have thought was hard to do when you didn’t have one but anyway.  She packed up her beautiful daughter and left for the home she swore she would never go back to again.  The nurse had called and said she had wanted her daughter there when she got there she said she didn’t say such a thing.  She says mean and awful things to her all over again.  It turns out her doctor is none other than Andrew Marshall.
     The catch up and he has her go to lunch with him to see the gang letting her know that Luke is back in town now too.  She doesn’t want to go but he talks her into it in an almost morbid way of hurting himself.  When sparks start to fly so does the action in the story. 

     I totally enjoyed the story as well as the characters.  They are well developed and full of life and a lot of humor.  I love family drama and this didn’t disappoint at all.  Her mother was a real winner and yet you can’t help in a way feel sad for her that she allowed the ways of others to dictate her lost time and the love of her one and only daughter.  I give this 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: 

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