In this latest early novel from bestselling author Marcia Willett, Mathilda Rainbird bequeaths her home to three unknown relatives: twenty-two-year-old Tessa, who misses her dead parents and brother but has learned to live alone; Will, a widower, who is drawn to Mathilda’s housekeeper, Isobel; and Beatrice, a retired prep-school matron who thinks the idea of living with her cousins is preposterous.
Deeply moving and utterly real, Second Time Around features the shining honesty that Willett’s fans have come to love.
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“A must for women fiction readers.”- Booklist on The Children’s Hour“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“Thoroughly engrossing, with richly drawn characters, a mysterious locale, and a beautifully crafted plot.”- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel on A Week in Winter“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
Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. This is the fourth of several early novels that will be published by Thomas Dunne Books; her more recent novels include A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children's Hour, The Birdcage, Echoes of the Dance, and The Way We Were.