Monday, January 3, 2011


A NEST OF MAGPIES - Sybil Marshall

 More than a cozy escape this book depicts the changes wrought in an East Anglia village in the 1960s   Written in the first person, the heroine, Fran, a middle-aged widow of means, buys back her family home and returns to the village after a long absence.  She renews ties with her male step-cousin and engages a childhood friend, and daughter of the original housekeeper, as her housekeeper.  She also becomes friend with a newcomer, a glamorous woman who evokes ardor from men and resentment from women. Fran's reflections on class and morals make this book deeper than the usual village romance, and she provides an event-filled plot that keeps you reading to find out what will happen next.

Available Rockport Library

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