The Holy Family live in an old linen shoebag. The bag is dark brown, with a name-tape sewn just below its gathered neck where a stout cord pulls it tight, and each year on Christmas Eve the bag is opened and the Family, along with its attendant Wise Men, shepherds, an angel with a broken halo and various animals, are set out on a table beside the Christmas tree. They have their own stable, a wooden, open-fronted building, which has once been part of a smart toy farm, and they fit perfectly into it: the golden angel standing devoutly behind the small manger in
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