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

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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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“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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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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`Christmas in Cornwall' is a lovely Christmas story. It is filled with a huge range of human emotions; sadness, grief, fear, greed, perseverance, faith and most of all love. The story centers on Clem, who had been studying theology when his wife gives birth to their son, Jake and dies of hemorrhaging. Clem gives up his studies to return to his former, more lucrative job in London. After 5 years he longs to return to a simpler life, possibly resuming his studies and takes a job as caretaker at a convent near his boyhood home near the small village of Peneglos that lies on the windswept region of the peninsular county of Cornwall, England.

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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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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"Christmas in Cornwall", from author Marcia Willett, is a touching, surprising, and ultimately rewarding holiday tale set in the picturesque English countryside. Clem never dreamed he'd be raising his small son, Jakey, on his own. His wife's unexpected death left Clem struggling to cope, and he makes the decision to give up life as he knows it and move back to Cornwall to be near his own mother, Dossie. Clem and Jakey find happiness in their new friendship with the nuns of the local convent, and love comes their way through Janna, the woman who looks after the nuns. A sense of kinship grows, and a "family-of-the-heart" is born. However, not everyone feels the sense of loving fellowship, and a development company threatens the existence of the convent, leaving the nuns in peril of losing their home. Will the true spirit of Christmas light the way to a loving and happy resolution for all? Author Marcia Willet has infused her story with beautiful descriptions of the setting, an appealing and intriguing cast of characters, and a real sense of how love brings us together as friends and family.

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