The Winter Folly

The Winter Folly

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In this house there are many secrets... It is 1965 and young Alexandra Crewe obediently marries the man her father has selected for her. But very soon both she and her husband Laurence realize that their marriage is a disaster. When real love finds Alexandra, plucking her out of her unhappy existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home becomes Fort Stirling, a beautiful Dorset castle, but Alexandra fears that there will be a price to pay for this wonderful new life. When tragedy strikes, it seems that her punishment 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 seems to be a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the heartbreak 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 Delilah searches for the truth, she realizes 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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