From reading the introduction to my edition of this book, I learned that Charlotte Yonge is one of the authors who inspired Louisa May Alcott.By the time I had read this tome, I wasn’t surprised — it’s basically an eight hundred page long YA novel from the eighteen hundreds.

What’s surprising about _The Daisy Chain_ is just how readable it is.So much is different in this world – the extremely patriarchal family structure, the focus on religion, the place of women, and the society itself – that the writing is smooth and dynamic enough to have come out of the last decade’s YA market gives the book an added interesting dimension.