When I saw Rosamunde Pilcher's name on the cover I knew this would be a great read. The author captures the English countryside perfectly and her characters are wonderful! ...I hated to see story end. I highly recommend this book; its great women's fiction.
Brigid rents out cottages in the Devon moors. She meets interesting renters, some who come back for years. When a mysterious stranger lurks in the countryside, Brigid and her boarders meet a crisis that crystallizes the family problems they each have. This author reminds me of Maeve Binchy. A satisfying relationship read.
Richly drawn characters, beautifully crafted plot, and a happy ending(with tears in between).
Debbie T. ( debt0711)
A Summer in the Country (aka Forgotten Laughter)
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A great read
Willett is comparable to Maeve Binchey and Rosacmund Pilcher in her characterizations. I found it to be very enjoyable and got "into" the story so much that I hated it to end.
for those who enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher-english author, set in Britain
A fun read in the tradition of Maeve Binchy.
From Booklist: "Willett's first book published in the U.S., A Week in Winter (2001), was very popular with contemporary women's fiction consumers, and comparisons to Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy abounded. Her second book will not disappoint her newly won fans. Like her previous novel, this one is set in the English countryside, and is a complex tale featuring many fully drawn characters, an engaging plot, and lots of scandal, mistrust, and betrayal. Raised by her father after being abandoned by her mother, Brigid has nursed a lifelong resentment of the woman. After her father dies, Brigid inherits the family estate. Soon her mother comes to visit and gradually insinuates herself back into the unwelcoming Brigid's life. In addition to this tempest, Brigid has become fast friends with Louise, a yearly boarder who suspects her husband of infidelity, and she must deal with her half-sister, Jemima, who is hiding quite a few dark secrets of her own, and who is also camping out with Brigid for the summer. As the story unfolds, the women grow to trust and eventually help each other understand their problems and themselves. Readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending, the vibrant characters, and the excellent depiction of the English countryside." Kathleen Hughes
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If you like Maeve Binchy and Rosemunde Pilcher, you like Marcia Willett. Her stories are ususally set in the Devon area. Fabulous character development.