The Other Daughter by SJV
‘Set amid a stunning Swiss backdrop, this intricate novel – written by Caroline Bishop – tells the story of Jessica and offers a look at the ongoing women’s rights movement today’ New Magazine
‘Emotional’ Bella Magazine
You only get one life – but what if it isn’t the one you were meant to live?
‘When it finally arrived I was shocked to see it; to read the words Mum wrote about these women fighting for rights I know I take for granted. Mum was here. And while she was, something happened that changed the entire course of my life. Perhaps, if I can summon the courage, the next eight weeks will help me finally figure out what that was…’
When Jessica discovers a shocking secret about her birth, she leaves her London home and travels to Switzerland in search of answers. She knows her journalist mother spent time in the country forty years earlier, reporting on the Swiss women’s liberation movement, but what she doesn’t know is what happened to her while she was there. Can Jess summon the courage to face the truth about her family, or will her search only hurt herself and those around her even more?
Set across a stunning Swiss backdrop, The Other Daughter follows one woman in her search for the truth about her birth, and another desperately trying to succeed in a man’s world. Perfect for fans of Tracy Rees, Elizabeth Noble and Kathryn Hughes.
‘A tightly plotted and absorbing tale of one woman’s journey to uncover the secrets of her birth. It beautifully fuses the personal and the political in its exploration of motherhood and women’s rights, as Jess tries to reconcile herself to her own choices, and the choices made by those who came before her’ Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy
‘A gripping and emotional story’ Patricia Wilson, author of Greek Island Escape
‘A fascinating and beautifully told exploration of women’s rights and one woman’s fight to uncover the secrets of her birth. The Other Daughter is a stunning debut I loved it’ Clare Empson, author of Mine
‘The Other Daughter is a thought-provoking tale that, without preaching or losing pace, urges us to examine the changing nature of feminism through the generations and how we view our right to choose our own destinies. A powerful look at the ties that bind within a family, it has an uplifting message that love is, ultimately, all that matters’ Patricia Carswell, WI Life Magazine
‘I particularly enjoyed the historical aspect – although I previously knew something of the struggles of Swiss feminists, I was completely unaware of the child placement scheme. And, at the same time, the personal stories of Jess and Sylvia created a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down – a recommended read!’ Karen Warren, The Historical Novel Society
***** Rachel A
‘Highly recommended’ ***** Jeanie M
**** Susan P
‘An enjoyable read’ ***** Reviewer 688896
‘wonderfully descriptive’ ***** Marie S
‘Evocative, atmospheric and descriptive… thought provoking and gripping I raced through this eager to know the truth… beautifully written and captures the readers imagination’ Charlene, read her full blog review here.
**** Claire F
‘I loved it’ ***** Clare D
‘a poignant, engrossing and interesting story’ ***** Anna Maria
**** Louise W
‘WOW. Absolutely phenomenal book’ ***** Katherine W
**** Lor B
‘incredibly gripping’ ***** Alexandra
‘a real page turner’ ***** Reviewer 652005
‘I devoured this book in just one sitting’ ***** Vikkie
‘The Other Daughter is a fabulous debut that tangled me up in all sorts of emotions. It’s a captivating story of dark corners and secrets but also truth, healing and optimism’ Sharon, read her full review here.
‘A sensitively told page-turner written with hope and compassion that paints a vivid picture of the bonds that bind families together, the struggle for acceptance and freedom and the sacrifices made for those we love’ Julie, read her full blog review here.
‘I really enjoyed this book! It was light, adventurous and emotional.
I absolutely love books about the past and uncovering family secrets, it’s all so interesting!’ Siobhan, read her full insta post here.
‘I would recommend to anyone who would like a fresh perspective on rediscovering a sense of identity later in life, or just a story with a character-focused plot’ Bronwyn, read her full insta post here.
‘so cleverly written, it has the ability to take the reader to the past and present whilst creating a balance of non fiction within the fictional narrative! I became fully immersed in the two different perspectives of two very strong female characters from the first page’ Carlie, read her full insta post here.
‘I think what I love most about this book is that it educated me! I learned so much about the women’s rights movement in Switzerland and how recent some of their big steps were!’ Chloe, read her full insta post here.
‘I absolutely loved so many aspects of this book; the underlying message of ‘life is what you make it’, the exploration of Swiss culture both in the 1970s and present day, the honest discussions on motherhood and the focus on feminist activism and women’s rights’ Sally, read her full insta post here.
‘I really enjoyed this book. I can’t believe it is a debut novel. The characters are well written and setting conjures images of beautiful Swiss mountains and lakes’ Jenny, read her full insta post here.