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Indian Summer by Marcia Willett

Indian Summer

by Marcia Willett

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Retired actor Sir Mungo resides in the quiet countryside of Devon, England. He lives on a home on the estate owned by his brother Archie and his wife Camilla. This property was handed down by their parents disproportionately due to Mungo’s father being unhappy with Mungo’s career choices and lifestyle. Archie and Camilla are facing financial issues and have started to take on tenants. Some of these tenants have interesting backgrounds and become intertwined in the story.

One of Mungo’s oldest friend’s, Kit, is staying with him for the summer. Their friendship began when they were both starting their careers in the theatre. Over the years their relationship bloomed as they shared success and failures. Kit is seeking advice about a decision to reconnect with a long lost love. He is now a widower and for once the time seems right to restart their relationship.

The book is about friendships that survive the test of time. Sometimes the bonds between lifelong friends are deeper than family. I enjoyed this nicely paced book by Marcia Willett. ( )
  leopolds | Jun 25, 2017 |
There's quite a cast in this book, some of whom appear in previous novels by the same author; yet it’s not necessary to have read any of them. She succeeds in introducing them without annoying either a new or old reader by unnecessary back-story, and they're all memorable, albeit a bit caricatured at times.

There's just enough description to give an overview of each scene in this book, from the point of view of her various viewpoint characters, yet without such sensory details becoming tedious. There doesn’t seem to be much plot to start with; just a couple of women pondering possible romances. But this belies the contrast, the tension that arises, and the many other subplots that weave around them.

As always, Marcia Willett keeps her language clean without detracting from realism, and also ensures that bedroom doors remain closed. The novel looks at some serious issues and is quite thought-provoking, but tempered with some satirical humour from a would-be novelist, and some delightful observations from a small boy.

Four-and-a-half stars would be fairer.
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  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
A tricycle. This is how I’d classify this book if I had to compare it to modes of transportation. It’s a novel that moves forward at a very slow pace, detailing the very mundane and quite boring details of the lives of a cast of characters. Most of these characters, with the exception of Emma and Marcus, are quite one-dimensional and failed to elicit any kind of feeling from me. There really isn’t much of a plot, although I did get faintly excited when the Marcus/Emma story got a little more intense, but that couldn’t make up for the rest of the book which was quite successful in putting me to sleep most nights. Surely there are people out there who enjoy this kind of novel, but for those who prefer a bit of excitement and intrigue, this is not a book that I’d recommend. ( )
  rivergen | Oct 11, 2014 |
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Some memories are best forgotten...
     For retired actor Mungo, his quiet, home village in Devon provides a perfect setting. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his dear friends in London.
     Among those are Kit, who comes to stay this summer, searching for some clarity on a potentially life-changing event in her personal life. They encounter Emma, a military wife renting one of the houses nearby who is also in personal turmoil -- and more danger than she realises. As the summer unfolds, earth-shattering secrets are uncovered. Can Mungo and those around him come to terms with their pasts, in order to move on to a happier future?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:35 -0400)

Some memories can be forgotten ...Others won't ever go away. For renowned actor Sir Mungo, his quiet home village in Devon provides the perfect retreat. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his old friends in London. Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, and a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since they last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking to meet again. As the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past ...… (more)

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