Day of the Butterfly

Day of the Butterfly

  • Paperback
By (author) 

List price: US$1.62

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552113026
  • 9780552113021

Review Text

This latest, quite fetching Regency novel may catch Lofts' veteran followers off balance. To begin with, her heroine, Daisy Holt, a green, high-spirited country girl, unlike Lofts' more contained primas, is consistently passion's slave and never really learns from her mistakes. Also: Daisy's ascent to wealth and title begins in a flourishing London brothel - not Lofts' usual milieu. Dismissed from her nursemaid job at 15 (for singing in the street), Daisy innocently applies to Kitty Hammond, a massive and entrepreneurial madam, for work. And soon lovely but not unhappy Daisy is featured in poses and dances, attired in wisps designed by Kitty's friend, Jack Skelton. Jack is Daisy's first infatuation, and she's thrilled to pose for everything from nymphs to madonnas. But then, sick with what Kitty thinks is the plague, Daisy (now called "Hebe Waywood") is cast out, rescued by Jack - and they become lovers. Jack, however, though fond, is weary of unremitting adoration and will eventually leave Daisy/Hebe with his cousin, gouty Sir Charles Overton. Hebe, pregnant by Jack, reluctantly agrees to wed Sir Charles, but he is appalled and will have nothing to do with the baby Margaret, who is farmed out right after birth. So now Daisy/Hebe/Lady Overton takes on yet another identity - "Mrs. Johnson" - when she secretly visits her child and idles along with Sir Charles, until. . . enter Hugo Stifling, 42, an impecunious explorer. "Hand met hand, eye met eye, and there was an explosion." Ah then, pregnant again! But Hugo, like Jack, blasted by Daisy's devotion, sails away to Jamaica, leaving Daisy penniless, living with miserly overseer Mr. Wheeler. How will it all end? With Mr. Wheeler dead and Daisy now in charge of a happier household, armed with Wheeler's loot, revived, again ready for that "something wonderful. . . just round the next corner." Engaging, very. (Kirkus Reviews)show more