The Winter Folly

The Winter Folly

Book - 2013
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In this house there are many secrets... It is 1960 and young Alexandra Crewe is obedient enough to marry the man her father has selected for her, but both she and her husband Laurence quickly realise that their marriage is a disaster. When real love comes to her, plucking her out of her old life and into a wonderful new existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home is now a beautiful Dorset castle, but there has been a price to pay and she fears that her punishment will one day be due. When tragedy strikes, it seems that it has come, and there is only one way she can atone for her sins... In the present day, Delilah Young is the second wife of John Stirling and the new chatelaine of Fort Stirling. The house is a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the wounds in John's life, it seems that the forces of the past might be too strong for her. Why does John have such a hatred for the old folly on the hill, and what happened to his mother when she vanished from his life? As she searches for the truth, Delilah realises that perhaps some secrets are better left buried . . .
Publisher: London : Pan Books, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781447230489
Characteristics: 515 pages ;,20 cm.


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Dec 14, 2015

The central character's repeatedly stupid choices (especially the one that drives the story - it is unbelievable that she would believe what anyone - certainly someone who had been repeatedly and sadistically cruel to her - says to her, with no careful analysis or attempts at confirmation) seriously decreases any emotional reaction one feels at the denouement. Not worth the time it takes to read this lengthy novel.

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