The Summer House

The Summer House

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In the small inlaid wooden box, Matt's mother had kept all his childhood memories. Amongst them are many photos of Matt as a child, growing up. But something about the photos has always puzzled Matt - was that really him? Why did he not remember those clothes? The toys? And where, in the photos, was his sister Imogen? He has a strange unresolved feeling that there is something missing in his life.

Imogen is living with her husband, a country vet, and their gorgeous baby in a rented cottage. Since her childhood she has loved the Summer House, a charming folly in the grounds of her oldest friends' beautiful and ancient house on Exmoor, and now they have the chance of buying. But her marriage is threatened when her husband refuses to live so far from his practice.

Meanwhile, Matt begins to discovers the strange and tragic secret which has affected his whole life . . .

Praise for Marcia Willett:
'A genuine voice of our times' The Times
'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good' Daily Mail
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 25mm | 273g
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552158488
  • 9780552158480
  • 133,893

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In a small rosewood box, Matt's mother had kept her memories of his childhood. Amongst them are many photos of him as a little boy. But something about them has always puzzled Matt - is that really him? Why does he not remember those clothes? The toys? And where, in these photos, is his sister Imogen? He wrestles with an odd lack of recognition - a strange, unsettling feeling that something is not quite right.

Meanwhile, Imogen is living with her husband, a country vet, and their gorgeous baby in a rented cottage. Since their childhood, she and Matt have both adored the beautiful Summer House - a charming building in the grounds of an ancient house on Exmoor. Now they have the chance to buy.

Imogen's marriage is threatened when her husband refuses to move. But this cherished building must stay in the family, for it is within the Summer House that tragic secrets are finally unlocked - secrets that have affected Matt's whole life...
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Praise for Marcia Willett"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 will be pleased with this strong family drama." ---"Midwest Book Review" on "The Birdcage"
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About Marcia Willett

Marcia Willett's early life was devoted to the ballet, but her dreams of becoming a ballerina ended when she grew out of the classical proportions required. She had always loved books, and a family crisis made her take up a new career as a novelist - a decision she has never regretted. She lives in a beautiful and wild part of Devon where she loves to be visited by her son and his young family.
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857 ratings
3.54 out of 5 stars
5 19% (167)
4 32% (274)
3 35% (300)
2 10% (88)
1 3% (28)
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