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Second Time Around

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  195 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In this latest early novel from bestselling author Marcia Willett, Mathilda Rainbird bequeaths her home to three unknown relatives: twenty-two-year-old Tessa, who misses her dead parents and brother but has learned to live alone; Will, a widower, who is drawn to Mathilda’s housekeeper, Isobel; and Beatrice, a retired prep-school matron who thinks the idea of living with he...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 13th 1998)
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This is a lovely book. It's about four diverse people. Firstly Isobel, recently separated from her husband and estranged from her daughter, she becomes companion and housekeeper to the elderly Mathilda Rainbird. Then there are three distant relations, to whom Mathilda bequeathes her coastal house. None of them know her, or each other, and all are lonely in their different ways. There's a recently widowed man who has lived in Switzerland, the just-retired matron of a boys' school, and a young wom...more
This was a charming book and a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying read. The reviewers' comparisons to Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher were apt.

I won't rehash the story, because it's been done well by other reviewers, but the English coast provides a vivid and scenic backdrop to the story. A series of circumstances, primarily set in motion by the wishes of an elderly lady in her will, bring several unlikely characters together. Each in his or her own way, is escaping from unpleasant situa...more
Dec 20, 2009 SarahC rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seekers of different women's fiction
Marcia Willett's books seem to be classified as women's fiction, but might appeal to readers who aren't crazy about women's fiction. She presents the issues and happenings of everyday life without being heavy on drama. Also counter to much "women's fiction," the men in her stories get a chance to voice their struggles in life also.

Second Time Around centers on a long-time resident of the southwest coast of England, a self-sufficient botanist who in later years who has come to depend on her hous...more
"If you can't be grateful for what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped".
This story made me appreciate the bad decisions I did NOT make in my life! All that glitters is not gold.
This is a thoughtful read.
Sue Dawson
This was a lovely read, she does write very much in the style of Rosamund Pilcher.
Lovely characters and readable plot.
Jina Howell-Forbes
I really love the type of books that Marcia Willett's writing. Her stories always involve multiple characters who each have their own stories, but the stories join together in places too. This was one of her earliest books, and I think that her writing has become more complex and compelling, and certainly more compelling in her later works, but this story of personal growth, acceptance and compassion was well worth the reading time. I did wish for a better ending for the character of Will, but I...more
This was a nice read, but I kept having the nagging feeling that I had read it before. I don't know if I had or not, but it seemed very familiar. Or maybe the titled just messed with my mind. There were some good insights, but I didn't relate to any of the people in the book.
I was very happy to recently discover this British author. If you enjoyed Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, you'll be delighted with Willett.
This was my first read of hers and it was a pleasant and enjoyable story. The characters were great and the plot was realistic.
I'm now reading my second one of hers. They're being reprinted in the US.
I have to say its not the kind of book I would normally go for. It came free with a magazine a few years back and I finally got round to picking it up and reading it. Surprisingly it was quite enjoyable, I liked the characters and it was a great light read.
I liked it very much.... I had heard that she reminds Piltcher, but now I can see why... I enjoyed it a lot, but I really loved the scriptures where she discribes the story of dogs' view...
Feb 01, 2009 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Pilcher, D.E. Stevenson
Shelves: fiction, uk
Willett has now mastered the Pilcher-like novel, with the added ability to gently reintroduce characters from previous books in a way that is not jarring for new readers.
Clara Dearmore Strom
I liked this realistic account of 3 people thrown together by the will of a distant relative. Set on the English coast in a quaint village its a delightful read.
A good, fun, clean quick read with quirky, enjoyable characters. I love Willett's use of the British English and the pictures she paints.
This book started slow for me but definitely got more interesting as the story line developed. Lots of nature descriptions that I skimmed over.
I hadn't read this author before. Good story. Thanks Heather for this book for Christmas! I'll pass it on to you when I see you next.
Was just an OK easy read book!! Sort of book to read on a train/plane!
Harmless plot. Might read some more of this author`s books.
A very easy read with a Harlinquinish story line. The characters were not very interesting, rather dull and predictable
Really liked the story but stopped reading it because of some repeat l=bad language.
Lovely book. very like the Covington series by Joan Medlicott.
I Read
A reasonable read with nothing overly spectacular about the plot.
Loved it! I plan to read more of this author's books.
Another great Willett West country read.
A sweet book, I enjoyed it a lot.
Very english slice of life.
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Marcia Willett began her career as a novelist when she was fifty years old. Since that first novel Marcia has written twenty more under her own name as well as a number of short stories. She has also written four books under the pseudonym "Willa Marsh", and is published in more than sixteen countries.

Marcia Willett's early life was devoted to the ballet, but her dreams of becoming a ballerina end...more
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