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The Summer House

A Novel

Marcia Willett

Thomas Dunne Books

For years, Marcia Willett has touched readers with her poignant novels about the intricacies of friendship and family. Now, in The Summer House, she explores the secrets that families keep, and the decisions, made in an instant, that can change our lives.  

Matt has always felt that there was something missing in his life. His mother kept all his childhood memories in a small inlaid wooden box, along with many photos of Matt as a child. But something about these photos has always puzzled Matt. Why doesn’t he remember those clothes? The toys? And where, in the photos, is his sister Imogen?

Meanwhile, Imogen is living with her husband and their baby in a rented cottage. Ever since she was a child, she has loved the Summer House, a charming cottage on the grounds of a beautiful and ancient house in Exmoor. When she has a chance to buy but her husband refuses to move, Imogen begins to question the seemingly picturesque life she has built for herself. Eventually, the Summer House provides the key to the strange and tragic secret which has affected everyone involved.

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Summer House, The
PART ONECHAPTER ONEThe photographs were in a packet at the bottom of the rosewood box. He flicked through them, surprised to see that each one of them was of him - a photographic record spanning thirty years - and then tucked the packet back into the box. Solid, square, with pretty gold inlay, the box carried not only his mother's small treasures but a whole cargo of family history. It had belonged to his father's mother and therefore held a special link with the man whom he could barely recall. His memories of this shadowy figure had been jealously guarded, eked out and plumped
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Praise for The Summer House

 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 protagonists...fans will be pleased with this strong family drama."

---Midwest Book Review on The Birdcage

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Marcia Willett

  • The Summer House is MARCIA WILLETT’s twelfth novel to be published in the U.S. Her novels are available in ten countries around the world. She lives in Devon, England.
  • Marcia Willett
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The Summer House

A Novel

Marcia Willett

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