For the nuns of Chi-Meur convent, life on the Cornwall coast is filled with peaceful purpose. Despite their dwindling numbers, they continue to survive with the help of a devoted group of followers. Janna, the cook, lives in a caravan nearby. Handyman Clem is raising his small son, Jakey, and hoping to become a priest. Clem has his own family nearby. His mother, Dossie, runs a catering business, and his grandparents, whom everyone calls Mo and Pa, live in a rambling house that has been in the family for generations. But change is coming to this tight-knit community. An offer to buy the convent by a shady group of developers offers the nuns a way out of their financial trouble but threatens to close the order, leaving Janna and Clem to face the unknown. Dossie’s longed-for new relationship has given new meaning to her life, while Mo and Pa struggle to decide who should inherit their property and what the future holds for their family. Willett carries readers through a year in the life of these families, creating a deeply meaningful story about the power of family and finding the strength to face the future. --Carol Gladstein
Praise for Marcia Willett
“Like Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, Willett creates such fully dimensional characters that readers feel as if they should phone or e-mail them to keep in touch.”
---Rocky Mountain News on A Week in Winter
“Tender and moving, Willet's tale expertly weaves a family's past and present together to illustrate the strength of familial bonds. A memorable and emotional read to be savored.”
---RT Book Reviews on The Children's Hour
“Readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending, vibrant characters, and the excellent depiction of the English countryside.”
---Booklist (starred review) on A Summer in the Country
“Thoroughly engrossing, with richly drawn characters, a mysterious locale, and a beautifully crafted plot.”
---The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) on A Week in Winter
"A domestic novel of quiet yearning, haunting memories and onerous guilt. The friendships at the novel's heart are believable and warming."
---Publishers Weekly on The Way We Were
"Wonderfully, fully-developed protagonists...fans will be pleased with this strong family drama."
---Midwest Book Review on The Birdcage