The Secret Hum Of A Daisy

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

Thoughts:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I heard about it at the end of last year. I’ve seen it reviewed very positively, so I decided to come off my list of books to read and bump The Secret Hum of A Daisy to the top of my pile. I’m glad that I did as it’s a very touching debut novel from an author that I hope we get to read a lot more from in the future! I found The Secret Hum of A Daisy incredibly easy to get into and I really invested in the characters right from the get go.

The Secret Hum of A Daisy starts off at Grace’s mum’s funeral. Grace has been sent to live with her estranged Grandmother. She’s suffering from guilt as she had an argument with her mum the night her She wants to get away from her as she believes her mother never would have wanted her to live with the Grandmother. Grace begins to find clues that she believes are messages from her mother who is trying to show her the way home.

It may sound like a depressing read, but it’s not. It has sad elements of course, but it’s mainly very touching and is about healing and family. It becomes very hopeful as both characters heal. I was rooting for them from the start, wanting life to become easier for them and for Grace to accept her Grandmother as family. They really had to grow together and it was lovely to see that throughout the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful book about grief and growth. Aimed at middle grade, but suitable for beyond!