Daisy, Bold & Beautiful – A Review!


Rating: ★★★★★

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel from young author Ellie Collins. A natural-born storyteller, Collins penned her Greek Mythology tale at the age of eleven.

The story follows middle school newbie D. J. as she and her father move to a new city and a whole new life. D. J. enjoys gardening, and it’s here, in an enchanted dream garden, that she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. It is through the guidance of this new friend that D. J. gains the confidence needed to navigate her new surroundings.

The author weaves together many fascinating scenes filled with a cast of memorable characters, stoking a plot that suggests this young lady was indeed born to write. Though it’s geared toward younger readers, teens and adults alike will also enjoy this book.


D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.


About Author

Ellie Collins wrote her debut novel, Daisy, Bold & Beautiful when she was turning eleven and just beginning sixth grade. She finished writing Mylee In The Mirror, the second in her multi-award-winning middle-grade Greek mythology fantasy series before heading back to school for seventh grade and turning twelve and Mad Max & Sweet Sarah before eighth grade and becoming a teen. She writes amid a very busy extracurricular schedule, including a spot on both a gymnastics team and a trampoline and tumbling team, as well as taking weekly piano lessons. She’s an avid gamer who loves hanging out with friends. Her love of Greek mythology inspires her writing.


18 thoughts on “Daisy, Bold & Beautiful – A Review!

  1. Verwayne Greenhoe

    Thanks, Beem. I have a granddaughter that will be eleven on May 19th. She enjoys reading, so maybe this would be a good gift for her.

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    1. Stephanie Collins

      Thank you, Verwayne! If your granddaughter gets, reads and enjoys the book, Ellie would be more than happy to chat with her (if a chat with the author is something that would interest her). Just let me know and we can work out the details! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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    1. Stephanie Collins

      Thanks so much for the kind words; Ellie is a great kid with a lot of energy and a huge imagination. It’s the perfect mix to create some really fun stories to share! Thanks again, take care and have a wonderful week! 🙂 ~Stephanie (Ellie’s mom)

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    2. beemweeks Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Roberta. I am always grateful to find your comments here. Yes, writing takes dedication and skill. I can assure readers that Ellie is loaded with both! I see a bright future for this author.

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  2. Stephanie Collins

    Thank you so much, Beem, for your beautiful review! I’ll be getting Ellie up for her Zoom school classes in a little while and can’t wait to show her. What an awesome way to kick off a week!!! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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  3. Soooz

    How marvelous to have such a gift at such a young age! My grandson is only seven, but I just know he’ll love having me read this to him! Congratulations, Ellie. Thanks for sharing your review, Beem.

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