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The Way We Were

A Novel

Marcia Willett

Thomas Dunne Books

Marcia Willett captured the hearts of Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy fans across the nation with her previous heartwarming stories of family devotion and abiding compassion. Now, in her newest novel, The Way We Were, Willett introduces a deeply moving and utterly real tale that is sure to win over a whole new set of readers.


 

Tiggy arrives at the remote house on Bodmin Moor in the middle of a snowstorm. All alone, having lost

her partner in a tragic accident, Tiggy is welcomed into her best friend Julia’s warm and chaotic family. With the Tiggy begins to live again as she eagerly awaits the birth of her son. But nearly thirty years later, when her son is about to become a father himself, the next generation discovers that there are some secrets from the past that still live on…


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CHAPTER ONE
April 2004
The cold sweet spring: ivy leaves shivering on the trunk of an old tree, and the sticky black buds of the ash outlined starkly against a pale, dazzling sky. On the high moor, half hidden amongst the bleached grass where larks nest, tiny pools brimmed with water – blue eyes winking each time a cloud crossed the sun. Deep down in the lanes, sheltered and secret, primroses and celandines glimmered amongst the roots of thorn and oak in the steep stony hedgerows.
In the car, travelling between Port Isaac and Blisland, Liv drove slowly, revelling in the glory of
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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

“A must for women fiction readers.”
- Booklist on The Children’s Hour

“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.”
- Romantic Times 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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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 classical 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, with whom she had a son, Charles, now married and a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. The Way We Were is her tenth book to be published in the United States by Thomas Dunne Books.

  • Marcia Willett
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    A Novel

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