Mary Wesley's sprawling novel of wartime England--and the loss of innocenceIt is August 1939. At an elegant manor house high above the sea, five cousins gather for their annual holiday. As Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, and ten-year-old Sophy explore the limits of blood, friendship, and their blossoming sexualities, war looms on the horizon. This will be the last summer that they spend together; it is a season marked by the heady joys of self-discovery, the agonizing pain of betrayal, and a world on the edge of conflict. A novel of dazzling breadth and scope, The Camomile Lawn journeys from the end of childhood to the slings and arrows of old age with the humor and insight readers have come to expect from the beloved Mary Wesley.
Couples, both married and unmarried, collide at a country house during a weekend of sex, adventure, and shocking surprises In 1944, with Britain still embroiled in World War II, Henry Tillotson marries a mysterious woman in desperate need of a passport. On their wedding night, she gives her new husband a black eye and falls ill.Is Margaret mad? Or is something else driving her--something from her shadowy past? The arrival of two more couples at the Tillotson estate sets in motion a series of events that will impact all their lives--for better or for worse.In Margaret Tillotson, Mary Wesley has created one of her most wickedly creative--and unforgettable--characters. A Dubious Legacy is an irresistible page-turner of a book about love and marriage, legacies, secrets, and revenge.
From the book jacket: Lovely, myopic, nineteen-year-old Hebe overhears a family conference. Her grandfather has convinced her three horsey sisters and their successful husbands that Hebe's unexpected pregnancy must be terminated. Hebe, dissenting, flees into the night. Twelve summers later she is living happily alone in a seaside town in Cornwall, supporting her son at an expensive boarding school by her two chief talents- cooking and making love. These she exercises-with dignity, in privacy, and for profit-except when her son is around. Hebe manages her lovers-the Syndicate-with endearing charm until the unexpected happens and the separate strands of her life become entrancingly entangled.
The captivating and sensual story of a woman who defies convention to make a new life--only to have her past catch up with her Orphaned by the death of her parents in a plane crash, Hebe bridles under the yoke of her strict grandparents. But when she returns from an Italian holiday pregnant--and overhears her family making plans for her abortion--she runs away. At nineteen, making her way alone in the world, all she has are her wits and her unswerving love for her unborn child.Fast forward twelve years. Hebe shuttles between jobs in order to pay for expensive schooling for her son, Silas. She juggles her various lovers . . . until the different parts of her life collide. As her past hurtles into her present, Hebe races toward a final showdown with a man who's been searching for his lost love.
A poignant and uplifting novel about transforming unbearable loss into a second chance for happiness London publisher Sylvester Wykes is traveling home from work when he hears the sudden squeal of brakes. As the train screeches to a halt, a figure leaps out to save a sheep lying near the tracks. Wykes is fascinated by this mysterious young woman dressed all in black.Their paths are fated to cross again when Wykes hires a housekeeper, unaware that she is the stranger from the train. Her name is Julia Piper, and she's in mourning for the husband and son she lost in a tragic accident. Julia is also being plagued by anonymous calls . . . and the feeling that someone is stalking her.
A virtuosic masterpiece of wit, humor, and psychological suspense from cherished author Mary Wesley Middle-aged widow Matilda Poliport has decided to end her life. She puts her papers in order and gives away her beloved pet goose, Gus. She packs a picnic and heads off to the beach to drown herself.But her plans are interrupted by Hugh Warner--wanted by the police for bashing in his mother's skull with a tea tray. Hugh has the same idea as Matilda: to end his own life. But Matilda foils Hugh's suicide, inadvertently saving them both, and the unlikely pair finds itself launched on an adventure.The sparkling Jumping the Queue overflows with wit and wry humor as Mary Wesley examines the hidden costs of love and death.
Finalist for Sunday Express Book of the Year: A moving and sensual story of secrets, sacrifice, and enduring love from bestselling author Mary WesleyAt eighteen, Rose falls passionately, irreversibly in love with Mylo Cooper. Although he proposes moments after they meet, the penniless Frenchman isn't a suitable husband for Rose. Trading love for security, Rose weds Ned Peel. She becomes mistress of Ned's grand country house and promises never to leave him. But Mylo is never far from her thoughts or heart.Set against the backdrop of World War II and beyond, Not That Sort of Girl dances between the past and the present to tell the story of a woman who flouts social convention and risks her marriage, family, and more to be with the man she loves.
Mary Wesley's bestselling final novel is a heartrending, beautifully told story of a woman who discovers her self-worth--and finds unexpected love Caught in the middle of an air raid, seventeen-year-old Juno Marlowe is rescued by a frail, elegantly dressed man. His name is Evelyn Copplestone, and he offers Juno shelter and a letter of introduction to his family's Cornwall estate. When Evelyn dies suddenly, Juno, with nowhere else to go, travels to the country to find her benefactor's clan. There, she meets Evelyn's father, Robert, a strong, handsome widower who gives Juno a home and a sense of purpose.Robert, grieving the death of his son, finds himself irresistibly drawn to Juno. And Juno, who has never known love, discovers a true soul mate in this kind and devoted man.Mary Wesley's last novel is a captivating, life-affirming story of loss and renewal, first love, and second chances. At once realistic and romantic, it will capture your heart and never let go.
A witty and inventive comedy about sex, creativity, fame, and love Claud Bannister is a struggling twenty-something writer when he meets the woman who will transform his life. Independent, strong-willed Laura Thornby is used to manipulating artistic men. But from the moment she decides to become muse and inspiration to Claud, she begins to change in ways she never imagined.Maybe it's Claud's larger-than-life characters--people more genuine to him than their real-world counterparts. Or it could be Claud himself. He is awakening complicated feelings in Laura, who is haunted by a secret that prevents her from committing to a man. As Claud's novel progresses, so does their affair. Laura must confront the one thing she never expected: falling in love.
A tender and witty novel of finding one's way to adulthoodA Sensible Life opens in 1926. Ten-year-old Flora Trevelyan is on vacation with her family in Dinard, an exclusive seaside resort in Brittany. Left to her own devices by her self-absorbed parents, Flora embarks on a remarkably independent life.Set against the backdrop of Europe between the two world wars, this acclaimed novel tells a deeply affecting story of friendship, family, and love that introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines.
A romantic, high-spirited romp through England and Africa by the bestselling author of The Camomile LawnWhen her father dies and leaves her a fortune, Poppy Carew suddenly becomes much more popular. Would-be author Victor Lucas, who may have drowned his wife, and his cousin Fergus, of Furnival's Fine Funerals, are just two of the men who passionately pursue her. There's also besotted farm owner Willy Guthrie, not to mention Poppy's ex-lover, Edmund Platt, who recently dumped her for a rich new girlfriend--before his ex became richer.Which man will Poppy choose? Will she go back to the treacherous Edmund, who is so determined to rekindle their affair that he abducts Poppy from her father's wake? From England to Africa and back again, Mary Wesley sends Poppy Carew on an exhilarating journey of liberation and self-discovery.
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