A Week in Winter: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 6, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
15 Reviews
Any reader who has ever fallen in love with a house will understand the attraction of Moorgate, a light-and-fresh-air-filled old farmhouse on the edge of the moor in Cornwall. The enchanting house now belongs to seventy-something Maudie Todhunter, the late Lord Todhunter's free-spirited second wife. (The first wife, Hilda, was supposedly a paragon of virtue, and Maudie has always felt second-best.) The light of Maudie's life is her vivacious stepgranddaughter, Posy, who begs Maudie to board a giant English mastiff whom Posy's mean-spirited mother has banned from the house. (The large and ungainly Polonius is an impossibly lovable canine who outshines Lassie by a mile and is destined to become a favorite of readers worldwide.)

When Maudie decides to sell Moorgate, all kinds of old family secrets come to light, and so the saga begins. Along the way, Rob, the contractor of Moorhouse, falls in love with a woman who has a sad secret. Posy's father falls in love with someone kinder than his shrewish wife. Maudie must reevaluate someone she'd fallen in love with years ago. And as the connections intertwine between the past and the present, many unexpected alliances form.

Vivid, lushly written, and entirely unforgettable, this all-absorbing novel provides the kind of abundant reading experience that will leave readers eagerly looking forward to more from this newly discovered and superbly talented author. A Week in Winter achieves a combined richness of character and circumstance that raises it above most modern contemporary fiction, and Marcia Willett is a writer to discover and to celebrate.

  

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Review: A Week in Winter

User Review  - Mary Fabrizio - Goodreads

a perfectly charming chick book that was great to listen to in the car for a long trip. loved the characters and enjoyed having them with me for the ride! Read full review

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User Review  - Sandra Moffatt - Goodreads

slow start but great read...great development of characters Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
5
CHAPTER TWO
13
CHAPTER THREE
23
CHAPTER FOUR
31
CHAPTER FIVE
41
CHAPTER SIX
51
CHAPTER SEVEN
61
CHAPTER EIGHT
71
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
211
CHAPTER TWENTY THREE
221
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
229
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
239
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
249
CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN
257
CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT
267
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
275

CHAPTER NINE
81
CHAPTER TEN
89
CHAPTER ELEVEN
101
CHAPTER TWELVE
111
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
119
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
131
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
145
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
155
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
165
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
173
CHAPTER NINETEEN
181
CHAPTER TWENTY
191
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
201
CHAPTER THIRTY
285
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
297
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
307
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
317
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
327
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
335
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
343
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
353
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
363
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
373
CHAPTER FORTY
385
CHAPTER FORTYONE
395
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About the author (2002)

Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, on the day the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, 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 training to be a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. She has published several novels in England; A Week in Winter is the first to be published in the United States.

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