Search Results: "Marcia Willett"


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MARCIA by John Steptoe
Released: April 26, 1976

"And, whatever we adults make of its message, Marcia—with its modified black English, sassy dialogue, and underlying earnestness—is an issue book attuned to its intended audience."
The trouble with most of the new YA novels dealing with sex is that seventeen-year-old behavior, presuming seventeen-year-old feelings, is depicted in stories read chiefly by twelve-year-olds—and, in truth, written at their level. Read full book review >

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THE COURTYARD by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Inspiring, life-affirming and yawn-inducing."
Denizens of a country estate risk suffocation under a blanket of sheer niceness. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER HOUSE by Marcia Willett
Released: June 19, 2012

"The potential for an intriguing mystery is thwarted by sprawling character studies."
Among his mother's effects, Matt has found a packet of photographs of a boy who looks like him but almost certainly can't be him. Who is it? Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2006

"Cozy and almost life-affirming, but unlikely to win new fans."
Over the course of a few years, an interconnected group of friends living in the English countryside experience their share of laughter and tears. Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Once again (as in The Courtyard, 2007), a potentially intriguing fictional family history is smothered by excessive niceness."
In Willett's latest Cornwall cozy, a trio of aging siblings is threatened—but not enough—by their erstwhile stepbrother. Read full book review >

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THE SEA GARDEN by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"New Willett readers may find it taxing to keep the names and relationships clear, but her loyal readers will fare better, recognizing many in the cast of characters, and everything falls into place as the story progresses."
A satisfying multigenerational novel tying long-ago friends, family and secret lovers to the present. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN CORNWALL by Marcia Willett
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Overall, a quiet, sweet, slow-building story of spirit, faith, family, and community and the love that binds them—but not really a romance."
A widower and his young son find a new life in a convent community of elderly nuns, which is close to the estate that's been in their family for generations and is still home to his mother and her parents. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN’S HOUR by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"So soothing it's in danger of being soporific."
A family's secrets are finally aired as three aging sisters reunite in an idyllic country-house setting: another in the cozy, milk-and-cookies genre. Read full book review >

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A WEEK IN WINTER by Marcia Willett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Stodgy, colorless family drama, despite all the soapy complications and armchair psychology."
A genteel squabble over a Cornwall farmhouse, featuring a cast of many. Read full book review >

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MAKEOVERS BY MARCIA by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"As unblemished as a good makeover. (Fiction. 8-12)"

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THE DEAL by Sabin Willett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"The over-obvious culprit and an over-ingenious surprise ending don't help."
Ever have one of those days when a little bitty error snowballs into big trouble? Read full book review >