Though Katy is merely a maid, she’s more likely to be found reading the books in the library than dusting them. She has dreams bigger than her station and when presented with the opportunity to experience them, she takes it. Jem is dependable, faithful, and has loved Katy for as long as he can remember. She’s fresh and pretty but has a free spirit that gets her in trouble and keeps her from accepting his proposals. Until she loses her job. Katy may have been reluctant to marry him before, but now that she’s his, she’s made a picture perfect life for them. Until tragedy strikes.

Set in England and France in the early 1900’s, Daffodils is a tragically tender story of love conquering all. Martin’s ability to immerse the reader in the story and era is masterful but at times one’s patience is tested at the speed of it. The third character line may have been more relevant had it been more entwined with one of the main characters but, as it was, it seemed an element more tedious than necessary. On the other hand, the secondary characters are lively and colorful and the setting is beautifully painted. Overall, Daffodils takes the reader on a journey through a trying time that invokes sorrow, triumph, and hope, in its sweet love story!

Sandy Ponton