Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Daisy by J P Henderson
MEET DAISY. A PICTURE OF GRACE AND DIGNITY.
MEET HEROD. A DISAPPOINTMENT.
Written in his own words, and guided by a man who collects glasses in a local pub, this is the story of Herod ‘Rod’ Pinkney’s search for Daisy Lamprich, a young woman he first sees on a decade-old episode of the Judge Judy Show, and who he now intends to marry.
When Daisy is located in the coastal city of Huntington Beach, California, he travels there with his good friend and next-door neighbour, Donald, a man who once fought in the tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War and who now spends most of his time in Herod’s basement. Herod is confident that the outcome will be favourable, but there’s a problem…
Will the course of true love ever run smoothly for this unlikely hero?
Do you ever come across those books that you just instantly click with.
You read the synopsis – click.
You look at the cover – click.
You begin reading – click, click, click.
Well this is how is was for me and Daisy. I was absolutely smitten right from the very first page. Herod S Pinkey is the most extraordinary character I have read since I was introduced to Ove in A Man Called Ove and Don Tillman from The Rosie Project. Like them Herod (or Rod as he prefers to have been called), has firmly taken up residence in my heart alongside those two equally unforgettable characters.
This is an absolutely charming read charting the life and loves of the most unlikely hero I think I have ever come across.
Rod is naturally lazy (and proud of it – why walk everywhere and wear out a perefctly good set of legs?), kind, thoughtful and completely fascinating as he ambles through life in search of the things that bring him joy.
He accepted early on that he was ultimately a massive disappointment to his parents and simply wasn’t cut out for a career in the family firm. So, quite refreshingly, he chooses his own path in life. And what a fascinating path he follows!
His natural, understated charm and detemination to live his life on his terms brings about some wonderful encounters and friendships. Rod is content with his lot in life, until one day he watches an episode of Judy Judy that will change his life forever. The episode, recorded 13 years ago, features a young lady called Daisy. This young lady, Rod decides, is the girl he is going to marry. But first he has to find her…
Featuring a glorious cast of characters, this quirky, funny and gloriously written novel is one of my absolute favourites of 2020 and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It is published on April 23rd 2020 and well worth pre-ordering.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely people at No Exit Press for sending me a review copy. This one is most definitely a keeper!
About the author
J P Henderson is the author of three previous novels including Last Bus to Coffeeville, which was selected for World Book Night and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. By nature an internationalist, he lives in a cul-de-sac in West Yorkshire for practical reasons.