Christina M. Hinke



Second Time Around

Reviewed by Christina M. Hinke
Publishers Weekly
Sept. 1, 2008
Marsh, Willa (Author)
Willett, Marcia (Author)
ISBN: 0312306660; St. Martin's Griffin; Published 2008-12; Paperback, $13.95 (320p)

Mathilda Rainbird wills her English seaside estate to distant relatives shortly before her death, and the three beneficiaries' decision to move in together kick-starts Willett’s whimsical tale of independence and familial support. Tessa Rainbird, a 22-year-old dog sitter still mourning the death of her parents and baby brother; widower Will Rainbird; and Beatrice Holmes, a retired matron from a boys’s; prep school are immediately enchanted by the home’s location, perched on a hill overlooking a private beach. Along with Isobel Stangate, Mathilda’s former housekeeper who lives in an adjacent cottage, this group of genuinely honest folks forms a strong bond. As Tessa, Will, Beatrice and Isobel get to know one another, Willett artfully weaves in the idea that their unlikely situation is essential to their destiny and will allow each of them to move ahead to the next stage of their lives. With its strong, empathetic characters, this latest from Willett (The Courtyard) will appeal to both fans and newcomers to her warm, easy style. (Dec.)

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