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Book Title: A Week in Winter|
The author of the book: Marcia Willett
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Date of issue: May 12th 2011
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The blurb says it is a book for a cozy long weekend in front of a warm fire, or something like that. That it is.
Somewhere in England, nestled in the Cornwall area, an enchanting old farmhouse, called, Moorgate, stood dilapidated in disgraceful despair. Abandoned and sad, it was just a matter of time before the gracious old house gave up pretense and succumb to her destiny.
The Todhunters were the owners and for many years Moorgate was a place where the family spend happy summer holidays together. But then things suddenly changed and Moorgate was forgotten. Behind her walls a few secrets remained hidden.
The widow Maudie Todhunter, second wife of the deceased Hector Todhunter, ended up inheriting the old place, and that's where everything turned way south in the blended as well as extended family. Maudie needed money; Hunter's investment portfolio had vanished into thin air where nobody could find it; and everything else he ever owned went to his first wife and three children. So Maudie decided to sell Moorgate.
Apart from Hunter's three children from his first marriage, a plethora of buyers arrived on the scene. The contractor doing the restorations fell in love with the old grand dame himself as well.
It did not take long before old secrets, new bitterness and hidden revulsions spilled from the woodwork. It nearly destroyed the family. Anger and heartbreak had so many different faces.
The old Esse wood-burning stove was lit to prevent further damp and destruction; the orphaned dog, Polonius, had his side of the story to add, while keeping family relations moving forward.
At last Moorgate could lift up her head and welcome a brand new family. However, the last morsels of deceit, betrayal and truth had to be shaken out in the open, before the new beginnings could be painted onto the walls of Moorgate.
Maeve Binchy not only had a similar titled book, but also wrote in the same style as this author. Rosamund Pilcher captured the same kind of family sagas with a touch of mystery and wonder. A Week In Winter is indeed a cozy, heartwarming experience.
Without dodging the modern challenges surrounding blended families, the issues are handled with compassion and empathy. Sometimes we need to get back to this wholesome take on life.
I loved the experience.
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Read information about the authorMarcia Willett began her career as a novelist when she was fifty years old. Since that first novel Marcia has written twenty more under her own name as well as a number of short stories. She has also written four books under the pseudonym "Willa Marsh", and is published in more than sixteen countries.
Marcia Willett's early life was devoted to the ballet, but her dreams of becoming a ballerina ended when she grew out of the classical proportions required. She had always loved books, and a family crisis made her take up a new career as a novelist - a decision she has never regretted. She lives in a beautiful and wild part of Devon where she loves to be visited by her son and young family.
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