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Doubleday, 1966 - Fiction - 306 pages
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"When she arrived at her Aunt Janet's lovely Caribbean hotel, Jessica Abbott had left nothing of value behind: her parents were dead, she had resigned her job as a schoolteacher, and there'd been no true love in her life. But Maud Hampden had plans for Jessica. A wealthy matriarch, Maud saw in Jessica the perfect companion for her granddaughter, Leila, and a perfect antidote to Leila's wild, promiscuous mother, Catherine. Clearly, Jessica was expected to bring order to a chaotic household that did not even want her, in spite of attractive Kingdon Drew, Catherine's husband in name only, and the atmosphere of fear that encircled them all ..."--Container.

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It was a proud day when I received my first adult library card and Columbella was one of the first two books I checked out with it. I haven't read my old paperback copy in decades, but as I read a ... Read full review

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Probably my favorite of all Whitney's massive volume of work, this is the story of Jessica Abbott, a former school teacher, who is talked into supervising a troubled teen by the family matriarch. The ... Read full review


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Phyllis A. Whitney moved around quite a bit during her youth, from Japan to China, the Philippines, and the United States. Her first novel, for adolescents, was A Place for Ann (1942). Winner of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Whitney mixes an intriguing blend of mystery and romance that has kept her fans happy for many years. Often her stories have the feel of Gothic thrillers, with brooding castles and old family secrets hidden away. Often her protagonists are strong, even liberated, women who are intent on uncovering the mysteries. Whitney, who loves writing, strives to create escapist plots but balances them with realistic female characters with whom her readers can identify.

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