The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop

A story you won’t want to put down, The Other Daughter is a novel about finding oneself, family, and ultimately love. Travel to Switzerland in 2006 with Jess, one of the two main characters, and she will keep you turning the pages as she seeks to answer questions about a revelation that just recently turned her life upside down. About to hit 40, she has taken a summer job in Switzerland to clear her head after finding out some earth-shattering truths. She will surprise herself, and those around her, in her search for who she really is.

Alongside her story is Sylvia’s – who travels between Switzerland and the UK in 1976. A young journalist, Sylvia has just found out something that will ruin her life – she’s pregnant. She’s in her early 20’s, finally making a name for herself as a journalist, and fighting for equality in a man’s world. She discovers that women in Switzerland are still far behind in the women’s rights movement. While telling the story of the women of Switzerland, she also learns of a dark past that the Swiss Government would rather no one knew about. She struggles to tell it before her life changes in a big way.

Sylvia faces many challenges at home – no one can seem to understand why she would consider choosing her job over motherhood. Her biggest challenge, however, comes from within – does she have to choose? Why can’t she do both? Most women of her era stay home with their children, become a housewife. But Sylvia isn’t most women, and she’s ready for women to have more of a say in their careers.

Caroline Bishop has written a captivating story of these two women, and the many other people that feature in their lives. A story of love, heartache, secrets, and new beginnings. It was hard to put this one down. From the scenic descriptions of Switzerland to the endearing characters that came to life, The Other Daughter was a beautiful read.

About the Author

Caroline Bishop is a journalist, an editor, and the author of two novels, The Other Daughter and The Lost Chapter. For the past fifteen years, she has written about travel, food, and theatre for many publications, including The GuardianThe TelegraphThe Independent, and BBC Travel. A British-Canadian, she currently lives in Switzerland. Visit her at or connect with her on Twitter @CalBish.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (Jan. 10 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982196939
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982196936

I am a homeschooling mom of three. I have a degree in Psychology, but my passion is the arts – I love to create. Painting, sketching, sewing, and writing bring me joy. I love to spend time outdoors, surrounded by Nature. We live in a quiet neighborhood in Newfoundland so luckily I have ample opportunity to do just that. When I’m not trying to school the kids, you can find me lost in a book, creating, or outside with my two dogs enjoying the fresh air.