PARSON'S HOUSE by Elizabeth Cadell

PARSON'S HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Cadell's twenty-seventh, and not one of her sprightliest. Jeanne Brisson returns with her four-year-old twins to a retreat on the English coast where she and five other children of preoccupied parents spent idyllic summers together. Though Jeanne is a little wren bent only on building a nest, she chose as her mate a big game hunter, too migratory a bird. Being semi-modern, she has gotten a divorce, and now it is only a matter of time before some new man comes along to fill the vacancy in her heart and provide a suitable abode. While waiting for this dearie, Jeanne takes care of the twins and does the housework for all those childhood friends. To lighten the chores, Cadell has laid on an eccentric grande dame and a spuriously haunted house, but inordinant space is taken up by the details of housekeeping, and the concluding romance is more obligatory than impassioned. No escape from the daily grind here.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1977
Publisher: Morrow