The Children's Hour: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2004 - Fiction - 367 pages
29 Reviews
Marcia Willet's A Week in Winter and A Summer in the Country, her first two novels to be published in the United States, were welcomed enthusiastically by both eager readers and appreciative reviewers. Her new novel, The Children's Hour, will not only delight her current ardent fans, but will garner Marcia Willett a whole new circle of friends.

The Children's Hour is set in a big old rambling house overlooking the sea, where assorted small children listened as their mother read them a story. Theirs was an idyllic childhood, as they played on the beach and in the garden and woods, before the war--and other tragedies--disrupted their lives. Now, many years later, two of the sisters, Nest and Mina, still live at Ottercombe, their beautiful family home. There they delight in their splendid dogs, the gorgeous Devon countryside, and visits from Lyddie, their much-beloved niece.

But when their sister Georgie comes to stay, unwelcome memories of their shared childhood start to emerge. As a child, Georgie claimed to know all their secrets--secrets that she now wants to share. Georgie's revelations are a reminder of long-buried passions and promises and bring unexpected shocks to a new generation struggling with their own unruly hearts. A triumph of beautifully interwoven story lines and unfolding dramas, The Children's Hour will secure Marcia Willett's growing reputation as a world-class master storyteller.
  

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User Review  - Lorraine - Goodreads

I did enjoy the book. Slow to start, ok in the middle and a predictable end!! It was just a good story, nothing overly dramatic. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
15
Section 3
25
Section 4
33
Section 5
43
Section 6
53
Section 7
63
Section 8
74
Section 23
216
Section 24
226
Section 25
234
Section 26
241
Section 27
248
Section 28
255
Section 29
262
Section 30
269

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
102
Section 12
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Section 13
122
Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
185
Section 21
194
Section 22
204
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
329
Section 38
335
Section 39
343
Section 40
351
Section 41
357
Section 42
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About the author (2004)

Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately her body did not develop with the classical proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service, with whom she had a son, Charles, now married and a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. The Children's Hour is the third book to be published in the United States by Thomas Dunne Books; the other two, A Week in Winter and A Summer in the Country, are available wherever books are sold.

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