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Christmas in Cornwall: A Novel Hardcover – October 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250003706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250003706
  • ASIN: 1250003709
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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


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Customer Reviews

Thus begins this heartwarming story!
Noelle the Dreamer
This one made the perfect reading for this Christmas season.
AL Dasch
A reader feels as if he knows these characters.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By booklover on November 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I just wanted to let others know that this was released in Hardcover as The Christmas Angel..I paid more than 15.00 for that book and almost bought it again before I realized they had changed the title.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With the sudden unexpected death of his wife, Clem has no time to mourn his loss; as their five year old son Jakey struggles with the loss of his mom. Deciding he cannot be a single dad with no help, Clem, accompanied by Jakey, moves to his hometown of Cornwall so they can be near his loving mom Dossie.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth on November 30, 2013
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After reading the reviews, I purchased the book and then ran to the library to find it. Read it and it's okay at its best. No surprises. Plot plodded along. I think only elderly readers would give the slow storyline a 4 or 5 star rating. Even the title is misleading. I would never think to label this as a Christmas book. So sorry I believed the reviews and bought this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat Whisperer on December 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Was excited to begin reading this book based on reviews and book description. While the writing was good and the plot started to take off towards the end it was like spinning your wheels in place. None of the story lines seemed to go anywhere and I felt let down when the book ended. It started out as a good read but ultimately ended as just an okay story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Poole on December 9, 2013
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Sadly the title of this book is very deceiving-- It should have been labeled A YEAR IN CONRWALL. When I look for a Christmas story I like to get sort of a fuzzy feeling of holiday cheer. Seeing family, friends or whatever for the holiday or at least getting a card or email that they don't normally send during the year. Reading about the feasts of other countries or even something special that a family makes just for this one occasion and sadly this didn't have any of it. As a story in itself, it was nice and entertaining but not a Christmas story.
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By MP on July 6, 2014
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A heartwarming, enjoyable read!
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Per my mother, a 5 star review. I did not personally read this book but she is a HUGE Marcia Willett fan and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a pleasing deviation from all the Marcia Willett novels she had read previously!
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Interesting story with lots of characters intermixed into the story. I had some experience with convent living so it was fun to read about their lives.
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