The Snow Globe

The Snow Globe Inside the glass orb was a miniature garden and a house If she stared long enough she could almost see the people inside But whether they were trapped there or kept safe in that miniscule snowbound

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  • Title: The Snow Globe
  • Author: Judith Kinghorn
  • ISBN: 9780451472090
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inside the glass orb was a miniature garden and a house If she stared long enough, she could almost see the people inside But whether they were trapped there, or kept safe, in that miniscule snowbound world, she couldn t have said Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen year old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family s country estInside the glass orb was a miniature garden and a house If she stared long enough, she could almost see the people inside But whether they were trapped there, or kept safe, in that miniscule snowbound world, she couldn t have said Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen year old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family s country estate in Surrey, England But when Daisy, the youngest of three daughters, discovers that her adored father, Howard, has been leading a double life, her illusions of perfection are shattered Worse, his current mistress, introduced as a family friend, is joining them for the holidays As Daisy wrestles with the truth, she blossoms in her own right, receiving a marriage proposal from one man, a declaration of love from another, and her first kiss from a third Meanwhile, her mother, Mabel, manages these social complications with outward calm, while privately reviewing her life and contemplating significant changes And among those below stairs, Nancy, the housekeeper, and Mrs Jessops, the cook, find that their long held secrets are slowly beginning to surface As the seasons unfold in the new year, and Daisy moves to London, desires, fortunes, and loyalties will shift during this tumultuous time after the Great War The Forbes family and those who serve them will follow their hearts down unexpected paths that always return to where they beganEden Hall.

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    1. The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn is set in 1926. Daisy is 17 years old and longs to be grown up with husband of her own. She is then dismayed to hear about her beloved fathers infidelity. This is a story about the ups and downs for family life. There are some good characters in this book and it definitely gave a flavour of life for women in the 1920's. I would like to thank NetGally and the publisher Canelo for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    3. Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesJust like a snow globe is encased in glass then put on display for us all to admire and look at, 18 year old Daisy Forbes is feeling much the same way.Christmas 1926, the elegant Forbes family are enjoying the festive time at their home, Eden Hall. Daisy is the youngest child of Mabel and Howard and has always been a daddy’s girl, but now he has broken her heart. Daisy discovers that he has been living a separate life in London with his lover, who just ha [...]

    4. I was given this book from a First Reads giveaway. ******WELL. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I normally don't read historical fiction so I was a little out of my element reading this book. However, I'm glad I received it because I actually genuinely enjoyed itE WRITING: Absolutely stunning. It flowed so nicely. The descriptions were perfect and it never failed to bring you into the setting of 1920's England. THE PLOT: SO GOOD. I felt giddy reading it. It had that ability to suck you [...]

    5. I threw this one on my give up pile because it just wasn't grabbing me, I mean this is my kind of read, it sounded right up my alley but sadly it's just not holding my interest.

    6. I love snow globes, I find them fascinating. They offer a little glimpse of a perfect world encased in glass. There's something relaxing about shaking one and watching the snow fall on that little bit of perfection.The snow globe of the title was given to Daisy by her father, Howard, when she was five. It features a perfect replica of the family home - Eden Hall in Surrey, and is one of Daisy's most treasured possessions. Every Christmas Daisy puts it on display in Eden Hall where it is admired [...]

    7. This is a sweeping family saga with Eden Hall at its core. Fans of Downton Abbey will adore the varying characters and their antics.  I enjoyed reading about Agatha Christie's disappearance which I didn't know had happened in real life. A little googling and I learnt so much.   The heart of the book is really about secrets and the repercussions they have on everyone around you. The ricocheting effect that happens when the secrets are revealed and how everyone copes. I really enjoyed Daisy as [...]

    8. I think this is my second Judith Kinghorn book, the first being “The Last Summer”, of which I awarded a rare 5-star rating. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for “The Snow Globe” – more like 2 1/2 - 3 stars, and I won’t bother to keep it to read again.The plot was vanilla, or beige, if I liken it to a flavor or color. Definitely not very exciting nor compelling. The story surrounds Daisy, a young woman with two sisters and aristocratic parents. The setting is England in the 1920s. [...]

    9. This book was not what I hoped at all. I love my historical fiction, but other than taking place after WWI in England, that's about the most history you're going to get! Otherwise it was about 18 year old Daisy, trying to figure out love….r the entire book. Super predictable and quite boring most of the time. Of course, you keep reading to see if she finally figures out which guy to choose, but all-in-all, not worth reading.

    10. Visit the locations in the novel - Eden Hall in SurreySnow globes are fascinating. That’s the first thing I thought of when picking up this novel to read. That miniature world encased in glass and you, like a giant looking in and wishing sometimes you were in that snowy world. Or was that just me? I digressAnyway, a snow globe provides a very nice link to how Daisy in the novel is feeling since her world is seemingly made of glass, her world all planned and created for her, and all she has to [...]

    11. Flappers and philanderers, sisters and suitors, new motorcars and old money Judith Kinghorn entertains her readers with a Jazz Age story of a young woman blossoming into adulthood. To the outside world, Eden Hall is a beautiful English country estate owned by the Forbes family. But on the inside, the house is a whirlwind of emotions and family tumult. Daisy Forbes, the eighteen-year-old youngest daughter, unwittingly becomes the keeper of all the family's secret confidences. Her beloved father i [...]

    12. I have been a great fan of Judith Kinghorn's two previous novels, The Last Summer and The Memory of Lost Senses, so I was delighted to receive a proof copy of The Snow Globe. The novel begins at Christmas 1926 – an exciting time for Daisy, the youngest daughter of Mabel and Howard Forbes. But as the festivities begin at Eden Hall, the family home, she discovers that her beloved father is not what he had seemed to be and life will ever be the quite same again. Ms Kinghorn explores the themes of [...]

    13. This book was ok. It claimed to be historical fiction but while it was set in 1926 , there wasn't any actual history in it. The story was interesting enough that I finished it but the main character was so insipid that I had a hard time caring what happened to her, for her to swear off ever talking to the man she was in love with because he had sex with another woman after she essentially rejected him was so ridiculous to me. She thought he would never have sex with anyone his entire life and wa [...]

    14. Our ReviewReading "The Snow Globe" brings visions of Downton Abbey to mind, the story sits within the historical fiction genre and is set in December 1926, with the Forbes family, who live in Eden Hall and preparations are being made for Christmas family gathering and seasonal celebrations.The main character is eighteen year old Daisy Forbes, the youngest child of Mabel and Howard, and Daisy has always been a fathers daughter whom she has always admired. In the early part of the book, we learn t [...]

    15. If there is a Downton-shaped hole in your life that desperately needs filling, then look no further than Judith Kinghorn’s captivating, atmospheric and entrancing family sagas set in the earlier part of the 20th century. In her latest novel, The Snow Globe, this outstanding storyteller has penned a dazzling tale of passion, secrets and desire you are simply going to love!In December 1926, the Forbes family are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and to hosting a dazzling Yuletide celebration [...]

    16. The Snow Globe is set in the mid 1920's in that period of history between the two World Wars. It reminds me of Downton Abbey with its Upstairs Downstairs feel and I particularly like how you are given different viewpoints throughout the book. The snow globe of the title is a wonderful symbol for life at Eden Hall. Daisy's sheltered life is tipped upside down after she overhears gossip about her father and it takes the whole of the book for the metaphorical snowflakes to settle again.The writing [...]

    17. I have to admit this is the first book I have read by Judith Kinghorn. So why was I pulled towards this one? Simple I just adore snow globes, they have always seemed magical to me and I used to have quite a collection. If only life was as simple as shaking one and settling it all down again.The Snow Globe in this case was a gift to young Daisy from her father. It became a yearly fixture amid the Christmas decorations. It contained their home Eden Hall so was very personal.As Daisy grows she lear [...]

    18. It is Christmas 1926 when Daisy Forbes life changes - she is happy living at home with her family at Eden Hall, their country mansion, when she discovers that the father that she idolizes has very definitely got feet made of clayhe has been having an affair with an actress in London for years. Daisy is devastated and to make it worse Stephen who has been her best friend for years professes his love for her but tells her that he is going to live in New Zealand!With two other suitors around she do [...]

    19. December 1926 at Eden Hall and the Forbes family are making plans for the annual Christmas family get together. For Daisy Forbes, the youngest daughter of the family, Christmas is a magical time because every year she gets out the precious snow globe that her father gave her when she was a child. However, this year, the magical spell of Christmas is to be broken and smashed into a million tiny pieces as secrets that have been held for decades bubble to the surface and irretrievably break down th [...]

    20. donnasbookblog.wordpress/This book is a fantastically written family saga and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!  The writing style suits the book so well, it just flows and you really do feel as you are living back in the 1920s along with the characters. I particularly enjoyed Daisy as a character and the snow globe provides a very nice link to how Daisy is feeling - trapped in a world where she has no control and other people handle her future.  Daisy was given the snow globe by her father and whils [...]

    21. *Review first published on adventureandanxiety*Daisy Forbes lives a privileged and luxurious life with her family in Eden Hall. Up until Christmas 1926, she's been a total daddy's girl, proudly displaying the snow globe he gave her throughout each festive period. But when she discovers he's hiding a secret double life from her, everything she has known begins to feel tarnished. Not only that, she becomes romantically entangled with three suitors vying for her affections. When her close companion [...]

    22. *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*I was really intrigued by the blurb of this book and the cover is mysterious and interesting.The story follows Daisy, who suddenly finds herself between three different men. One told her he loves her, the other proposed and the last one kissed her. Daisy is confused and leaves to stay with her sister. Daisy needs to make a decision. On top of that she is surrounded by her family at Eden Hall and family secrets get into the storylin [...]

    23. Again, I grabbed another wrong book of my choice. It is another light romantic novel. I was looking forward to an interesting story about recovering from the Great War. It did not have the in-depth of historical setting I was looking forward to.There were few moments of it but not detailed. It’s just not my kind of cup of tea. However, this novel is for those who are in romance novel with light history in it. It’s not a bad story but not a great story for me because it did not have much of a [...]

    24. I loved this book! It’s one of those “curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of tea and read” kind of books. It has characters you’ll care about with secrets and struggles and heartbreak and healing. I bought “The Last Summer” before finishing this one to ward off any withdrawal that might threaten.

    25. I was given this book from a First Reads giveaway in 2015. I gifted it to a friend and she recently gave it back. It had to many characters for me to follow but I did get through it. I can say it was like learning about one households secrets, gossips, disappointments and drama. And in the end things seem to work themselves out.

    26. A brilliant read! I downloaded and read this in one day - a real page turner.Set in rural Surrey and also London during 1926 and 1927, this is a story of true love which endures regardless of a series of doubts and misunderstandings.Judith Kinghorn, you have done it again!

    27. I have to say I did find this a little slow to get into, but once I did I enjoyed it. It was a nice gentle love story. It was set in the 1920's and draws you in to the upstairs downstairs life of these times.

    28. Very readable book. A tiny bit of a slow starter but gets better quickly. Good plot line and very interesting characters. A little bit of everything. There wealth, working class. I enjoyed it , well worth reading.

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