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First Friends

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Cass and Kate meet at school--and are firm friends for the rest of their lives. Both marry naval officers, but Cass's infidelity has far-reaching consequences for her children--and Kate's. Many of the characters in First Friends (published in the UK as Those Who Serve) reappear in later Marcia Willett novels, and we meet their children as well. As always, Marcia Willett's wise understanding of love, loss, marriage, and parenthood is conveyed with honesty, generosity, and compassion.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 401 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 32mm | 421.85g
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0312306628
  • 9780312306625
  • 345,574

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Cass and Kate meet at school--and are firm friends for the rest of their lives. Both marry naval officers, but Cass's infidelity has far-reaching consequences for her children--and Kate's. Many of the characters in First Friends (published in the UK as Those Who Serve) reappear in later Marcia Willett novels, and we meet their children as well. As always, Marcia Willett's wise understanding of love, loss, marriage, and parenthood is conveyed with honesty, generosity, and compassion. Praise for Marcia Willett "Thoroughly engrossing, with richly drawn characters, a mysterious locale, and a beautifully crafted plot...the perfect addition to your summer beach tote." - The South Florida Sun-Sentinel on A Week in Winter "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 "Readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending, vibrant characters, and excellent depiction of the English countryside." - Booklist (starred review) on A Summer in the Country "Tender and moving...a memorable and emotional read to be savored." - Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine on The Children's Hourshow more

About Marcia Willett

Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately, her body did not develop with the classic proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service; their son, Charles, is now married and a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write fiction. First Friends is the first of several early novels published by Thomas Dunne Books; her more recent novels include A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children's Hour, and The Birdcage.show more

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334 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 26% (86)
4 34% (115)
3 26% (87)
2 11% (38)
1 2% (8)
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