At once a study of generational mother-daughter relationships and a tightly-knit family mystery, Eve Chase’s The Daughters of Foxcote Manor travels through time to ask how families are constructed, taken apart and rebuilt—and what it means to belong to one.
Set in England and following the interwoven lives of the wealthy Harringtons, their live-in nanny, Rita, and Rita’s future daughter and granddaughter, the novel pieces together the tangled events that led to both a baby and a body being found in the lush woods around the Harringtons’ Foxcote Manor in the summer of 1971.
The novel invites readers to listen in on that summer’s secrets, reconstructing the past and becoming part of the fictional family that inhabits it.
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor explores how maternal love brings families together, even under the most trying, imperfect circumstances. As much a creeping mystery as it is a family drama, it will leave some readers ready to pick up the phone and call their own mother. —Lauren Foley