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A Tangled Web Paperback – April 1, 2014
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No amount of drama between the Dark and Penhallow families can prepare them for what follows when Aunt Becky bequeaths her prized heirloom jug - the owner to be revealed in one year's time. The intermarriages, and resulting fighting and feuding, that have occurred over the years grow more intense as Gay Penhallow's fiancé leaves her for the devious Nan Penhallow; Peter Penhallow and Donna Dark find love after a lifelong hatred of each other; and Joscelyn and Hugh Dark, inexplicably separated on their wedding night, are reunited.
Hopes and shortcomings are revealed as we follow the fates of the clan for an entire year. The legendary jug sits amid this love, heartbreak, and hilarity as each family member works to acquire the heirloom. But on the night that the eccentric matriarch's wishes are to be revealed, both families find the biggest surprise of all.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Two family clans, the Darks and the Penhallows, fight for possession of a big, brown jug--a family heirloom. The book spans a year in the life of various family members. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Following the funeral, Big Sam and Little Sam, friends for ages, suddenly find that they cannot stand each other's company...but can they learn to live apart? Beautiful Gay Penhallow, whose young heart is in raptures over her recent engagement, learns the painful lesson of the meaning of true love, as does Joscelyn Dark, who has spurned her husband for ten long years in order to remain true to her heart's desire. Brian Dark and Margaret Penhallow, each longing desperately for love and home, finally find solace for their aching hearts just as do Peter Penhallow and Donna Dark, longtime enemies who suddenly find in each other the lover they've been unconsciously searching for. In the year that follows Aunt Becky's death, until the day her secret is finally revealed, these and many other lives will be drastically changed. Just how much damage will the old jug do to this family and will its members survive the change?
This is a charming book set in Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved Prince Edward Island. Its colorful characters, descriptive scenery and interesting plot that employs a mixture of humor, pathos and sweet sentiment make for a comfortable read that leaves behind a pleasant sense of satisfaction at its close. Though I would certainly recommend that readers new to L.M. Montgomery's books read her more popular Avonlea books first, this was an enjoyable book and well worth the time spent.
The competition for the jug puts the two families on their collective ears, setting off a series of entertaining and intersecting subplots. LM Montgomery dissects small town politics and family rivalries, in the process revealing a host of human foibles, much humor, and some heroism. An estranged couple will explore their ruptured marriage. A man and a woman who have always hated each will consider the prospect of marriage. An old maid will be offered marriage, but at a price. A cruelly neglected orphan boy will find affection with an unexpected pet and unexpected kindness from an adult, and a mad man will share wisdom.
If the destination of many of the subplots can be guessed in advance, the real pleasure of this book is Montgomery's ability to make the most of the journey, cleverly witholding the resolution of most of the subplots until the final pages.
"The Tangled Web" is very highly recommended to fans of L.M. Montgomery's novels.
Montgomery paints with a very detailed brush and the characters and sense of place come alive.