A Week in Winter
by Marcia Willet
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0312287852
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Widow Maudie Todhunter sadly realizes she can not longer manage the two homes Hector left to her so she plans to sell her country estate Moorgate. She had hoped to give the estate, which is the entrance to the Scottish Moors, to her cherished stepgranddaughter Posey, but knows that is now impossible.
Several people show an interest in Moorgate. Her resentful stepdaughter Selina who never accepted Maudie as her father’s second wife reminds her that the family has had many joyful memories especially with Hector’s first perfect wife. Ironically Selina may detest Maudie, but her own daughter loves her stepgrandmother and wants Maudie to do whatever is best for her. Building restorer Rob Abbot loves the place after spending joyful hours working there. Melissa Clayton finds peace and love on the estate while battling deadly cancer. Others too express an interest. Maudie accompanied by Polonius her giant English mastiff begins to learn ugly secrets that destroys all of her dreams of the past and present.
Though a well-written English extended family drama, this relationship tale feels as if Cecil B. DeMille cast the characters. The audience feels some of the tension they cause to the star, but they move in and out and back in before the reader has a chance to truly meet any of them. Though this leads to feeling a bit of tea and sympathy towards Maudie for coping with the mob. Marcia Willet is clearly a talented author, but only the diehard English relationship fan will want to spend a soapy WEEK IN WINTER trying to keep tabs on this crowd.
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