The Summer House

The Summer House

Book - 2010
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For years, Marcia Willett has touched readers with her poignant novels about the intricacies of friendship and family. Now, in The Summer House, she explores the secrets that families keep, and the decisions, made in an instant, that can change our lives. Matt has always felt that there was something missing in his life. His mother kept all his childhood memories in a small inlaid wooden box, along with many photos of Matt as a child. But something about these photos has always puzzled Matt. Why doesn't he remember those clothes? The toys? And where, in the photos, is his sister Imogen? Meanwhile, Imogen is living with her husband and their baby in a rented cottage. Ever since she was a child, she has loved the Summer House, a charming cottage on the grounds of a beautiful and ancient house in Exmoor. When she has a chance to buy but her husband refuses to move, Imogen begins to question the seemingly picturesque life she has built for herself. Eventually, the Summer House provides the key to the strange and tragic secret which has affected everyone involved.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur & Co., 2010
ISBN: 9781552788424
Branch Call Number: FIC Wille 21058
Characteristics: 299 p


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Jul 08, 2014

A slow moving story, nicely told, about a grown man trying to find himself through his childhood memories.

Jun 04, 2013

A lovely story with many twists and turns. I did not want to put it down, the cleaver ending that you didn't expect made you guessing till the end.
Great author, want to read more of Marcia Willett.

Junglequeen Jul 28, 2011

This is about a successful writer, Matt, who felt troubled by his feeling of loss all his life. When he inherited a box containing family photos and letters from his late mother, he was more confused. Especially when he found several photos of him as a child. Or was it him? The clothes look unfamiliar and why wasn't his sister, Imogen in any of them? An intriguing story! Also in the story is his sister Imogen, who fell in love with the Summer House where they spent their early childhood years. She wanted to buy the house but realized how it might affect her relationship with her veterinarian husband who want to move near his practice.

I find this a wonderful interesting story but the ending was quite unexpected and not what I thought. What a twist! A good read!


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Jul 15, 2013

A good summer read with characters you will care about.
Matt and his sister Imogen are raised mostly by a family friend after the death of their father and their mother's slide into depression. But even as an adult and a newly successful writer, Matt feels something missing and in the house of the title comes to an unexpected discovery about his past.
Set in the west of England with loving details about the countryside. If you like Rosamunde Pilcher or Maeve Binchy, you will like Marcia Willett.

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