Book Title: A Daughter's Journey by Myra Lee Glass
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 132 pages
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Adventure
Publisher: Coleche Press
Release date: Feb 2023
Source: This book was given to me by iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Content Rating: G: Written for a high school school project :) by a highschooler
The year is 1938 and a family in the small South Carolina town of Beaufort faces serious adversity. After the birth of her long-awaited son, Mary Banks dives into a dark postpartum period, throwing her into a deep depression. Thinking that her sister, Rose, is offering her a helping hand, Mary leaves her family and goes to Boston in search of a medical cure, not to be heard from again.
Where is Mary Banks? What has Rose done with the much-loved mother and wife of the Banks family? Finally, Mary’s 15-year-old daughter, Estelle can wait no longer. She gathers her wits and her courage and without a word, runs off to heroically rescue her beloved mother in faraway Boston. This is where the adventure begins……
Shortly after Estelle has a new brother, her mother becomes depressed. Her mother suddenly abandons her and her family. Estelle is heartbroken that her mother has left and resolves to find her. She tracks her to Boston to persuade her mother to come back home. However, her mother does not want to be found. Could Estelle find her mother and bring her home?
Estelle is a very likable protagonist. I love her tender relationship with her mother. Estelle is a very strong young woman, but reckless. She leaves to find her mother without letting her father know her whereabouts. She can also be very sneaky. Despite these flaws, I love her steely determination to continue on her quest even when her hopes are constantly dashed. Thus, Estelle was a very compelling character, and I rooted for her to find her mother.
Overall, this novel is about depression, family, and friendship. I liked the friends that Estelle made along her journey. They cared for Estelle and helped her on her mission. There also seemed to be hints of a blossoming romance. I also loved Estelle’s father, who loved his wife and children. Estelle’s mother was a very tragic character, and I sympathized with her. I loved the historical details in the novel. I liked the 1930s Southern idyllic setting of South Carolina and the urban setting of Boston. I did not like the one-dimensional villain because she needed more explanation of why she was always against Estelle. I also thought that the ending was rushed and seemed incomplete. Hopefully, there will be a sequel so that there will be a better resolution. I am keeping my fingers crossed! A Daughter’s Journey was a very poignant and emotional read! I recommend this story for fans of When the World Was Ours, The Downstairs Girl, and The Weight of Our Sky!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Myra Lee Glass is a young adult author of A Daughter's Journey. She lives in Texas with her parents and sister.