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" 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 Hour"