A Friend of the Family

Marcia Willett

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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Picking up the story of Kate Webster and Cass Wivenhoe that began with First Friends, A Friend of the Family (published in the UK as Thea's Parrot) tells the tale of one of their friends, Felicity, a married woman who has been dallying with George, another mutual acquaintance. When Felicity is widowed, everyone expects George to pop the question. He does, but to the astonishment of Kate and Cass, his intended bride is not Felicity. With her usual generous helping of tears and laughter, Marcia Willett again provides her fans with a treat to be savored.

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Chapter One

1985

Felicity Mainwaring sat before her dressing-table staring at herself critically in the looking-glass. She was forty-five years old and looked fifty. Her scrupulous dieting and rigorous exercise routines ensured that there was not a single extra ounce of weight on her body but where once she had been merely thin she now looked scrawny. Exercise may keep the muscles firm but it doesn’t prevent lines from forming or preserve the youth and elasticity of the skin. After the shock of her husband’s death from cancer a year ago, she had begun to look her age and dyeing her

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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. This is the second of several of her early novels that are being 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.

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A Friend of the Family
Marcia Willett

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2006
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ISBN: 9780312306649
ISBN10: 0312306644
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$19.99

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Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429909976
ISBN10: 1429909978
352 pages
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