I started this book in the midst of a super blizzard through the Chicagoland area. Snow coming down about 1-2” per hour and all I could see was white. Just the cover was such a sight. It made me dream of warm weather and spring. All the light colors and fresh green turned my frown upside down, as they say.
Marcia Willett is a new-to-me author and was put on my radar by the kind publicity team at St. Martins Press. Reading this novel reminded me of why I love Maeve Binchy books. The characters are fully fleshed out, the setting, so descriptive. These characters felt like they could walk off the page to my home, and we could sit down to tea and have a lengthy conversation.
The story starts with Tim, who confides in his coworker Mattie that he needs a sabbatical from work and home. She recommends her family’s estate of Brockscombe. It’s where her sister’ lives with her husband and child and his parents reside. Tim finds immediate comfort and quickly becomes an extended family member. As you read along, you discover secrets these characters are holding.
I will say that this is not a plot-heavy or plot-driven novel. Yes, things happen, secrets are revealed, and we learn more about the characters. It’s a gentle read, perfect for curling up in bed with a cup of tea over the weekend.
My thanks to the publisher for the review copy.
About the author: The Songbird is MARCIA WILLETT’s eighteenth novel to be published in the U.S. Her novels are available in seventeen countries around the world. She lives in Devon, England.
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