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Christmas in Cornwall: A Novel Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Successful caterer Dossie showers her son and grandson with plenty of love. As Clem and Jakey acclimate to life without their respective wife-mom in Cornwall, each finds solace with the kindhearted Sisters and Father Pascal. Jenna tales care of the crazy nuns she considers beloved family who act like eccentric aunts needing protection from the unscrupulous. She falls in love with the grieving father and son, but fears for the Sisters as a Grinch arrives for Christmas in Cornwell with development plans for the convent.
This is a warm, humorous holiday romance starring an engaging ensemble cast. With a touch of whimsy and an a sort of fairy tale quality, fans will enjoy this fun Christmas tale as a family is not defined by DNA but by being there for others while knowing they will be there for you.
The story of Clem and Jake, Janna a lady who also works at the convent is well told. A reader feels as if he knows these characters. The nuns, although they are getting older lack nothing in their wisdom, even when a developer attempts to acquire their property. We have hopes for Clem's mother and her happiness and her parents and the house that has been in their family for generations.
The descriptions of life in this scenic and delightful area also pull you into the storyline. There are usual "English-isms" that are not explained to a reader... pudding is dessert, not necessarily just what Americans think is pudding. GCSE's and A levels are educational certificates and achievements in English schools - the author assumes her audience knows these.
The only word of caution and disappointment is to discover that this book was published in 2011 with even the same cover titled 'The Christmas Angel'. One wishes publishers would stop what is really a deceitful practice in disguising the same book with different titles.
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I have not had a chance to read these books but I really like all of the other Marcia Willet books that I have read.Published 2 months ago by Marie Ellingboe
This is a book screaming for its other half. I love Marcia Willett and have read most of her books. As I was reading, Christmas in Cornwall was one of my favorites. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katiecreates
Love all of Marsha Willett's books and this one did not disappoint.Published 5 months ago by Sweet Sue
A sweet story which makes you regret to read the final paragraph and realize that the story truly has ended. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruthieqz
The novel was not about Christmas or Cornwall. Had I been more careful to read a review and had known that the story was about a nunnery, I probably would have not bought it.Published 11 months ago by Monarch01
This is a beautiful, gentle story, there is the wonderful innocence, that adds so much magic to the story. One that draws you in.....I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Marcia.Published 11 months ago by Sara Lischinsky
I am surprised in the high ratings for this book. It was basically a year in the life of a family/community in Cornwall, where some things change and other things stay the same. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ahammerquilts
Marcia Willet is reminiscent of Rosamund Pilcher. She writes a great story!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer