Transport yourself to another time by immersing yourself in Lauren Willig’s book, “The Other Daughter”. Rachel Woodley was raised in a small village in the English countryside by her mother, a widow. Rachel is a governess for a rich family in France when she is called home to her mother’s bedside. She arrives too late and finds that her life is not at all what she thought it was. Secrets were kept and truth escaped reality for Rachel. Her whole life is turned upside down as she tries to find out just who she really is. I thought the book was very well written and provided a look at the English aristocracy and the barrier that exists between them and those who are not.
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 three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.
Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his-and her half-sister's-charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé...
From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Ashford Affair, comes The Other Daughter, a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge.