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A Daughter's a Daughter by Mary Westmacott
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A Daughter's a Daughter (original 1952; edition 1990)

by Mary Westmacott

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A classic novel of desire and jealousy. Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Cauldfield and hopes for new happiness. Her only child, Sarah, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. Are mother and daughter destined to be enemies for life or will their underlying love for each other finally win through? Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.… (more)
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Title:A Daughter's a Daughter
Authors:Mary Westmacott
Info:New York: Jove Books, 1990. 191 p. ; 18 cm.
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A Daughter's a Daughter by Mary Westmacott (1952)

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I tried hard to finish this. It became so melodramatic in the middle and I realized I didn't care about the characters. I wasn't concerned with how they might make things work. I also couldn't see any "mystery" aspect to it. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Apr 22, 2020 |
This is the story of Ann Prentice and her daughter, Sarah, an only child. But this story is all the more captivating for the insights provided through Agatha Christie's creation of characters, Ann's friend and Sarah's godmother, Dame Laura Whitstable and Ann's long-time housemaid, Edith with over 20 years of service to the family. The story may have been first published in 1952 but it is an ageless story of a mother and daughter's relationship that turns to turmoil as the mother announces that she will marry again.

Don't miss reading more about the novels by Christie's daughter, Rosalind Hicks...
https://www.agathachristie.com/about-christie/family-memories/the-mary-westmacot...

I am looking forward (and yet a little sad too!) to reading the next and last romance written by Agatha Christie as Mary Westmacott titled, "The Burden." ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
This is a novel that was originally published under Agatha Christie's pseudonym Mary Westmacott, this is a book full of tension and emotion. Set over 3 parts, spread over nearly 4 years, it is focused on the lives of Ann & Sarah Prentice. Ann is widowed and the book starts as Sarah, her only child, departs to Switzerland for a 3 week skiing holiday. At that she feels a pang of loneliness, which overwhelms her. During the 3 weeks, however, she meets a man and comes to fall in love. Only then does the trouble begin. Sarah returns and is not at all taken by her prospective step father. At the same time, Ann is less than impressed with Sarah's beau, and so the two are, unconsciously, echoing each others thoughts from different directions. Then the emotional games begin and the tension ramps up between them until a breaking point is reached. The subsequent 2 parts are set 2 and 3 years later and deal with the aftermath of the first part.
The tale is facilitated by Ann's friend and Sarah's Godmother, Dame Laura, being some kind of therapist (exact details undisclosed) such that there is a sense of having a knowledge of what is to come. Laura's probing questions and probing allow the subconcious to be revealed by more than just interior monologue.
This was really very good. ( )
  Helenliz | Oct 26, 2017 |
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A classic novel of desire and jealousy. Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Cauldfield and hopes for new happiness. Her only child, Sarah, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. Are mother and daughter destined to be enemies for life or will their underlying love for each other finally win through? Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.

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THE MEANING OF LOVE

Ann Prentice was a quiet woman. She liked the simple things inlife - soft firelight and evenings at home. A quiet widow devoted to her only dear child, Sarah. Until she fell in with a fashionable crowd, going from party to party, trying things she would once have considered shocking and never quite thinking about the consequences. Why had she changed? And what was going to happen to her impressionable young daughter?

Ann Prentice is in love with Richard Cauldfield and hopes for new happiness. Her only daughter, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. Are mother and daughter destined to be enemies for life or will their underlying love for each other finally win through?
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