- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media; Reprint edition (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 150405086X
- ISBN-13: 978-1504050869
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Nutmeg Tree" is set, for the most part, in a rented country home, outside Aix les Bains, France. The house had been rented by Mrs Packett, an older woman who has lost her son in the Great War, but has raised her granddaughter, Susan. Susan had been mothered by Julia, an approaching-middle age lady, who had realised early on she wasn't able to raise a child and had given custody to her grandparents. As Susan was raised, Julia had kept in touch with her daughter's family, but had basically cobbled together a life of her own, and on her own terms. Then, she is contacted by her child - who is now 20 years old - to get together with the family and to meet her daughter's fiance. The excuse is a bit flimsy, but Julia's down-on-her-luck in London and finds the money to meet the family at their house outside Aix. And it is here where Julia meets an older man, a friend of the family. Will the four lovers find the connection that can hold up for all time? You must read the book to find out.
Julia Packett brings her life experience and her dreams to the possible match. She can see the differences in background between her and Sir William, but wonders if Sir William can love her, even with her somewhat sketchy past...and not so past. "The Nutmeg Tree", which was later made into a movie, is a fun, yet thoughtful read, both about the young lovers and the older ones. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more of Margery Sharp's reissued novels.
You can count on Margery Sharp for a confection of light romance with sweet witty overtones, and this book delivers. A madcap heroine, Julia Packett, receives an invitation to her daughter's wedding in France. Julia's husband died shortly after their wedding, leaving her with a baby on her hands. Doing the sensible thing, she gave guardianship of the baby to the grandparents and continues her unconventional lifestyle, living on air, and moving from place to place and job to job.
Now she'd rather like to go to France to see her daughter married and live off her in-laws for a spell. You see, money is a little tight, and Julia barely scrapes together enough to carry her to France. Something will come up, she is sure, that will enable her to return to England when the time comes.
Julia reminds me of Holly Golightly in her ability to live on air and attract men who want to take care of her. Of course, with a grown daughter, she is getting a bit long in the tooth for this lifestyle. Maybe it's time to settle down.
By the end of the book, she has found the right man for her, settled her daughter's engagement problems, and never has to worry about money again. Delightful.