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Marcia Willett - Author

About the Author

Marcia Willett was born in Somerset and lives in deepest Devon with her husband . A former ballet dancer and teacher, she is the author of many bestselling novels.

Featured books by Marcia Willett

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Some memories are best forgotten...Others won't ever go away. For Kit, the quiet Devon village she visits every year is the perfect retreat. But this summer, she arrives with a heart in turmoil: years have passed since Kit last saw Jake, but now he has written asking to meet again. For Mungo, the village is simply home and the ideal getaway for friends, like Kit, even if he aches at the old memories they bring - and the secrets they stir in him. As the summer unfolds, hidden truths are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past...

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Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Some memories are best forgotten...Some won't ever go away...For retired actor Sir Mungo, his quiet, home village in Devon provides a perfect setting. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his dear friends in London. Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, and a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since they last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking if they could meet again. As the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past.

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Postcards from the Past

Postcards from the Past

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Can you ever escape your family ties? Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With family and friends nearby and their free and easy living arrangements, life seems as content as can be. But when postcards start arriving from a sinister figure they thought belonged well and truly in their pasts, old memories are stirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all these years?

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The Sea Garden

The Sea Garden

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Jess Penhaligon is on her way to Devon to receive an award for her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes her into her home. Jess' own family fell apart several years ago, so she is grateful for Kate's friendliness - and her close unit of extended family and friends, who embrace Jess just as warmly. As this group begins reminiscing on their pasts and sharing their stories with Jess, it becomes apparent that her family history may be linked with theirs. Long-buried secrets from past generations begin to be uncovered - but at what cost have they been kept hidden?

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The Christmas Angel

The Christmas Angel

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

'We're all pilgrims', he said thoughtfully. 'One way or another, aren't we? Always searching for something'.   Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna - a warm-hearted, generous woman who looks after little Jakey when she's not helping at the nunnery. With humour, kindness and a deep need of somewhere to belong, they form a tight bond. But the sisters' life as they know it is at risk when an avaricious property developer starts prowling around their Grade I listed building. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about the true meaning of family?

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The Summer House

The Summer House

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

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Other books by Marcia Willett

Starting Over

Starting Over

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

When recently-widowed Annie's god-daughter Pippa is abandoned by her husband, she insists that she comes to live with her. Frances and Stephen Ankerton are desperately worried about their son, Hugh, who wrongly blames himself for a fatal accident that took place nearly a year ago. While Frances turns to Annie for advice, Stephen finds a way to set Hugh's mind at rest... When Max Driver inherits some land on Dartmoor his dream becomes a reality. And a chance encounter with Frances leads to each and every one of them being touched by his warmth and enthusiasm. Soon he is an integral part of their lives and his determination to fulfil his own goal inspires the others to start over again.

Reflections

Reflections

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good' Daily Mail Cara, Cosmo and Sam learn that for everything lost, there is something to be gained . . . After her husband dies, Cara no longer wishes to live in their London home. On impulse, she sells it and goes to stay with her brother in Salcombe, Devon, while she plans her next move. There, she begins to look back at her life and reflect on the choices that have led her to this moment. Cosmo has also escaped - temporarily - from his life in the city, finding the south-west a relaxing and appealing fit, especially when he meets local girl, Amy. But is he being entirely truthful about what he's left behind? Just out of uni, Sam has passed the Admiralty Interview Board and is set to follow in his naval father's footsteps. His future is secure - but he feels cast adrift. With doubts and loosening family connections worrying him, an impartial new friend could be just the thing he needs. Forging a bond across the generations, can he and Cara help each other find the way to a new, happy chapter? Praise for Marcia Willett: 'A beautifully woven tale of families and their secrets...' Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of The Cornish House 'Sweeping powers of description transport her readers to another time and place' Rosanna Ley

The Garden House

The Garden House

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

'A warm and engaging read.' Trisha Ashley After the death of her father, El moves into his home just outside Tavistock in Devon. Fresh out of university and dangling on the precipice of adulthood she questions what it is she really wants from life. Although her childhood friend, Will, is there to help her through her grief she soon realises there were things her father was hiding from her... Jules is also mourning Martin, but they thought best to keep their relationship secret, she must now grieve entirely alone. All she has to remember her love are the memories of their time spent at a beautiful community garden and teashop nearby. The Garden House is where they met, fell in love and where their secret affair will inevitably be uncovered. As El and Will begin to piece together her father's secrets they bring them closer and closer to both Jules and a truth that is difficult to face. Praise for Marcia Willett: 'A beautifully woven tale of families and their secrets...' Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of The Cornish House 'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good.' Daily Mail 'Sweeping powers of description transport her readers to another time and place.' Rosanna Ley

Homecomings

Homecomings

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

At the end of the row of fishermen's cottages by the harbour's edge, stands an old granite house. First it belonged to Ned's parents; then Ned dropped anchor here after a life at sea and called it home. His nephew Hugo moved in too, swapping London for the small Cornish fishing village where he'd spent so many happy holidays. It's a refuge - and now other friends and relations are being drawn to the the house by the sea. Among them is Dossie, who's lonely after her parents died and her son remarried. And cousin Jamie, who's coming home after more than a year, since his career as an RAF pilot was abruptly cut short. Both have to adjust to a new way of life. As newcomers arrive and old friends reunite, secrets are uncovered, relationships are forged and tested, and romance is kindled. For those who come here find that the house by the harbour wall offers a warm welcome, and - despite its situation at the very end of the village - a new beginning . . . Praise for Marcia Willett: 'A beautifully woven tale of families and their secrets...' Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of The Cornish House 'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good' Daily Mail 'Sweeping powers of description transport her readers to another time and place' Rosanna Ley

Seven Days in Summer

Seven Days in Summer

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Busy mum of twins Liv is looking forward to a week at the Beach Hut in Devon, even if she feels that something's not right between her and Matt. She's sure he's just too busy at work to join them on their summer holiday, not that he wants time alone... Baz loves having his family to stay by the sea, but when an unexpected guest arrives, he finds himself torn between the past and the future... Still reeling from a break-up, all Sofia wants is a quiet summer - until she meets Baz and her plans are turned upside down. She knows she's rushing into things, but could this week at the Beach Hut be the start of something new? And back home, Matt might be missing Liv and the children, but when an old friend appears he finds himself distracted... What does she know about his family's past that she's not letting on? As tensions rise over seven days in summer, the lives of the holidaymakers begin to take an unexpected turn... Praise for Marcia Willett: 'A beautifully woven tale of families and their secrets...' Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of THE CORNISH HOUSE 'A genuine voice of our times' The Times 'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good' Daily Mail 'Sweeping powers of description transport her readers to another time and place' Rosanna Ley, bestselling author of THE VILLA

The Christmas Angel

The Christmas Angel

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

The eagerly awaited novel from the bestselling author - a gorgeous Christmas read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable four-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end... But while little Jakey helps to put away the decorations after another cosy Christmas surrounded by friends and family, an avaricious property developer starts prowling around. The Cornish home which he has known all his life is in danger of being sold up, and everything is changing. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about having somewhere you truly belong? With unforgettable characters, charming romance and plenty of warmth, The Christmas Angel is the perfect Christmas read.

The Songbird

The Songbird

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2017

Can new hopes bloom when summer begins again? When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her. But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim begins to relax again and he discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Kat, a retired ballet dancer who longs for the stage again; Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie . . . who has loved Tim in silence for years. As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new hopes begin to bloom . . . If you like books by Lucy Diamond, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews, you'll love Marcia Willett's gloriously warm novels set in the West Country.

The Birdcage

The Birdcage

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2017

It was Felix who named it The Birdcage: the tall house in Bristol where Miss Pidgeon lived with her tenant, the beautiful and talented actress Angel, and Angel's daughter, Lizzie. It was Felix whom they all adored and who was so in love with Angel, but while Lizzie longed for a father, Felix had other commitments: to his insecure, possessive wife Marina and to their son Piers, both living at beautiful, mellow Michaelgarth, the family home on the edge of Exmoor. Many years later, when Lizzie comes at last to Michaelgarth and meets Piers for the first time, she finds a family in trouble - and which, miraculously, needs her to help them to heal. Praise for Marcia Willett 'A genuine voice of our times' The Times 'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good' Daily Mail

Marcia Willett Summer Collection

Marcia Willett Summer Collection

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

Three of the most delightfully warm and elegant novels from the much-loved author Marcia Willett.If you haven't read Marcia Willet then now is the time:Indian Summer:Some memories are best forgotten . . . Others won t ever go away. For Kit, the quiet Devon village she visits every year is the perfect retreat. But this summer, she arrives with a heart in turmoil: years have passed since Kit last saw Jake, but now he has written asking to meet again.For Mungo, the village is simply home and the ideal getaway for friends, like Kit, even if he aches at the old memories they bring and the secrets they stir in him.As the summer unfolds, hidden truths are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past . . .Summer on the River:Evie loved the house. The bright, sunny rooms looking across the river. The terraced gardens with fruit trees growing against the high stone walls. The scent of lavender at the end of a hot day.It was a family house.As summer beckons, Evie s family gathers once more at the beautiful old riverside house they all adore. But when Evie discovers a secret that threatens their future, a shadow falls over them all: this summer by the river could be their last together . . .For Charlie, a visit home to see stepmother Evie is an escape from his unhappy marriage in London. Until a chance encounter changes everything: in the space of a moment, he meets a woman by the river, falls in love, and his two worlds collide. As Evie and Charlie struggle to keep their secrets safe, they long for the summer to never end . . . Can the happiness of one summer last for ever?The Songbird:Can new hopes bloom when summer begins again? When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her. But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim begins to relax again and he discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Kat, a retired ballet dancer who longs for the stage again; Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie . . . who has loved Tim in silence for years.As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new hopes begin to bloom . . .If you like books by Santa Montefiore, Joanna Trollope and Erica James, you'll love Marcia Willett's gloriously warm novels set in the West Country.

Summer On The River

Summer On The River

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Evie loved the house. The bright, sunny rooms looking across the river. The terraced gardens with fruit trees growing against the high stone walls. The scent of lavender at the end of a hot day. It was a family house. As summer beckons, Evie's family gathers once more at the beautiful old riverside house they all adore. But when Evie discovers a secret that threatens their future, a shadow falls over them all: this summer by the river could be their last together . . . For Charlie, a visit home to see stepmother Evie is an escape from his unhappy marriage in London. Until a chance encounter changes everything: in the space of a moment, he meets a woman by the river, falls in love, and his two worlds collide. As Evie and Charlie struggle to keep their secrets safe, they long for the summer to never end . . . Can the happiness of one summer last for ever? Marcia Willett writes heartwarming and captivating novels set in the West Country - perfect for fans of Erica James, Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop

Sea Garden

Sea Garden

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/08/2014

Three generations, one heartbreaking secret-and the past about to be uncovered ... Jess Penhaligon is on her way to London to receive an award for her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes her into her home. Jess' own family fell apart several years ago, so she is grateful for Kate's friendliness-and for her close unit of extended family and friends, who embrace Jess just as warmly. As the group begins reminiscing about their pasts and sharing their stories with Jess, it becomes apparent that her family history may be linked with theirs. Long-buried secrets from past generations are being uncovered, but at what cost have they been kept hidden?

Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2012

As Christmas approaches, Clem and his five-year-old son, Jakey, move to be closer to Clem's mother, Dossie, in Cornwall. Clem realizes that he has to be strong to keep his family together. Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie, Jakey, and Clem are the jovial nuns of the local convent. But when an unexpected event threatens to destroy the nuns' way of life, will everyone still be together next Christmas? Beloved novelist Marcia Willett's gentle and compassionate holiday tale will touch the hearts of parents and grandparents everywhere.

The Christmas Angel

The Christmas Angel

Author: Marcia Willett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

The eagerly awaited novel from the bestselling author - a gorgeous Christmas read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable four-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end... But while little Jakey helps to put away the decorations after another cosy Christmas surrounded by friends and family, an avaricious property developer starts prowling around. The Cornish home which he has known all his life is in danger of being sold up, and everything is changing. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about having somewhere you truly belong? With unforgettable characters, charming romance and plenty of warmth, The Christmas Angel is the perfect Christmas read.

Summer House

Summer House

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2012

Matt's mother kept all his childhood memories in a small box, amongst the many photos of Matt as a child. But something about those photos has always puzzled Matt. Is that really him? Why does he not remember those clothes and toys? And where, in the photos, is his sister Imogen? Imogen, meanwhile, is living with her husband and their baby in a rented cottage. Ever since her childhood she has loved the Summer House, a charming folly in the grounds of a beautiful and ancient house on Exmoor, and now they have the chance of buying it. But the Summer House provides the key to the strange and tragic secret which has affected Matt's whole life.

Way We Were

Way We Were

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 14/09/2011

Pregnant and grieving, twenty-something Tiggy arrives at the remote house of her friend Julia in the middle of a snowstorm. All alone, having lost her mate in a tragic accident, Tiggy finds refuge with Julia's warm and chaotic family. Nurtured and loved at last, 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 of the past that still live on.

Prodigal Wife

Prodigal Wife

Author: Marcia Willett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2011

The Keep-that beautiful, ancient family home where the Chadwick family has lived for generations-is still a haven from the heartbreaks and storms of life. Jolyon Chadwick, a famous television presenter, takes his new girlfriend, Henrietta, home to meet his extended family-and also to meet Marie, the mother who deserted him and his father many years ago, and who has now reappeared and seems to want forgiveness. Jolyon, however, is not in the mood for forgiveness-although his father, Hal, now married to his cousin and childhood sweetheart, feels a lingering guilt about Marie and wants them all to be friends. And Henrietta, still vulnerable from the breakup of her own parents' marriage, is not sure whether she can move on.

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