Echoes of the Dance: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 3, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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In the mellow stone house of his childhood, Roly Carradine has found refuge in the stream running past the garden where a heron makes his nest. A broken marriage and a terrible burden of guilt made Roly remove himself from his busy London life; here in Cornwall he welcomes Kate, who also seeks refuge from the grief of losing her husband, and young Daisy Quin, a dancer recovering from a back injury. Roly's son Nat, a garden designer with his own secret, lives not far away, and is plagued by the unsympathetic visits of his mother Monica, Roly's ex-wife. Daisy, her burgeoning talent frustrated by her back problems, has been taken in by Mim, Roly's sister and a brilliant ballerina until an accident forced her into early retirement. Living in Bath, Daisy thinks she has found love with the attractive schoolmaster in the nearby flat---but her dreams prove to be false ones. Treating Marcia Willett's ardent fans to a return visit with some of her most endearing characters from previous books, Echoes of the Dance is a gem of a story to be savored.
  

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Review: Echoes of the Dance

User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

I chose this author because I read she writes similar to the way Maeve Binchy wrote. They are not that similar, in my opinion. Although it is a good book, it did not have the same effect on me as ... Read full review

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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. Echoes of the Dance is her seventh book to be published in the United States by Thomas Dunne Books; the other six, A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children’s Hour, The Birdcage, First Friends, and A Friend of the Family, are available wherever books are sold. Visit her Web site at www.devonwriters.co.uk.

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