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The Daisy in question here is the manager of a country house hotel around which the storylines converge. Widowed and quite happy about it, Daisy’s best friend Tara is the unwitting cause of nearly ruining a wedding. From here on in, we’re taken on a roller coaster ride whereby Daisy is unknowingly being wooed by an ex-rugby player Dominic; her father, a rather eccentric Hector, woos a shallow actress who is in hiding whilst recovering from cosmetic surgery, not realising that a lady with which he has an ‘arrangement’ with could actually be ‘the’ one; Barney turns up with the single intention of thanking Daisy for saving his life, finds he also loves the area and ends up working as a porter at the hotel, whilst also stirring up a hornets nest with the introduction of his girlfriend whose son is the result of an affair she had with Daisy’s late husband.
Confused? Good, because the above is a very simple summary of only a few things that occur in the pages of this story that is a romance at heart, but reads as good as any thriller I’ve ever read. If James Patterson would go back to writing as well as this book, I may even be tempted back. Until he does, to all those of his lapsed readers, I can wholeheartedly recommend you all to give Ms Mansell a go and ‘Staying at Daisy’s’ could not be a better place to start.
This specific book reminded me so much of "To the Moon and Back". Surprisingly, and although this was written before, I enjoyed "To the Moon and Back" a lot more than this. That could be because it was actually the first book I ever read for her, and so nothing about it seemed predictable, and I found it hilarious, sweet and witty. But let's lay out the similarities shall we?
We have the: dead husband (albeit one a jerk, and the other a nice guy), a year gap after his death, and heroine still can't seem to let anyone in, enter dark brooding hero, flimsy best friend who has an affair with a married man, an elderly romance involving father (or father-in-law), and the male companion who the heroine goes out with because they seem to get along, only for it to not be right, and have him fall for the above mentioned flimsy best friend.
All of that being said, I did enjoy the book. I just did not enjoy it as much, because it was like reading the same book twice with slight amendments and a change of scenery. Also, I may be wrong, but I feel like Mansell doesn't really know how to create "I love you" moments. She has a habit of dumping all the "I love yous" in the last few chapters in a rushed manner, making them seem almost insincere.
To be fair though, this book was about having a good laugh, and enjoying a light read about a bunch of odd characters. I also think Mansell intentionally tries to be shocking and bizarre in her characterisation and order of events. I mean, I could sit here and say, I don't like Tara, I hate people who cheat, I cannot believe her spinster-ly aunt prostituted herself to the man she loves (who does that?!) Hector was a jerk for offering Maggie money, Dominic was such an ass, and Tara was a twenty-seven year old idiot for not seeing it and being so immature, etc.etc. But what would I gain out of doing that? This book is exactly about all those series of unfortunate events!
And for that, I think Mansell managed to pull it off. I had a few good laughs, I liked Daisy's character, and I enjoyed the overall storyline.
Daisy MacLean has just lost her husband in a car crash, but before he died she wanted a divorce as he was a no good husband, he was a liar a cheat and was unfaithful she finds this out after his death. Daisy runs a hotel in Colworth that belongs to her father Hector, who is very flamboyant, who has a secret himself.
Tara is the chambermaid at the hotel and a good friend of Daisy,she is also a good time gal and Tara is found in a compromising position with the groom, at a wedding reception at the hotel who is her ex boyfriend, who is to blame Tara or Dominic? Tara has to grovel to Dominic wife to be, to make sure that Annabel will still marry Dominic, after all the trouble this compromising position has caused.
Barney writes a letter to Daisy, thanking her for the kidney that he receives from her dead husband, he turns up at the hotel to meet her, and sees a job being advertised as a porter, applies for the job and immediately he is employed at the hotel, and falls quickly in love with Mel and her son, and she also has secrets of her own.
Maggie is Tara Aunt, and Tara lives with her, but Maggie has also secrets of her own which has been going on for 2 years.
Going back to Daisy, she meets the best man Dev at the wedding who is gorgeous and a former professional rugby player, he falls for Daisy as soon as he meets her, but Daisy tries not to get involved as she feels that he is no better than her husband was. Josh comes back on the scene who is an ex boyfriend of Daisy, and she feels safe with him, who does Daisy end up with Josh or Dev? You will also meet the lovely Clarissa.
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