The Bell Branch Author:Lucy Walker The Montgomery sisters of Pepper Tree Bay, who first appeared in SIX FOR HEAVEN, return in a warm, charming story. Newly married Theodora and her husband journey to England where Sam must study for a university degree. To Theodora's chagrin and anger, her younger sister Gerry shows up on the boat, promptly falls in love with a ship's officer, ... more »and by her obnoxious behavior earns the nickname "rattlesnake".
While Theodora struggles to support herself and Sam by teaching school, Gerry's desperation increases: the man she loves is extremely wealthy--much too wealthy for his family to accept a penniless girl as a daughter-in-law. And then, in the midst of despair, Theodora's and Gerry's mother arrives to stay with them--upsetting a very delicate balance.« less
First of all, I just read this book and find the description from the back of the book rather incorrect! This story was not really a love story since romance was not hugely present. What I found was a sweet story written from Theodora's perspective about her life in England (she loved it) and many references to her family and the importance they held in her life.
Gerry, while mentioned often in the story, did not take over the book and actually impressed me by the way she carried herself--she was not frivolous or like a "rattlesnake" and I'm trying to remember why the book would say she was called such!
Perspectives on marriage, relationships with co-workers, learning more about herself, Theodora grows and matures in this story. A very nice read.