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Holding on (Chadwick Family #2)

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Over the years, the magnificent Keep in Devon has provided a bolt hole for the Chadwick family. Now the five young cousins who grew up there have left home and their grandmother Freddie wonders anxiously whether she will live to see the arrival of the next generation. No matter what happens to them, she knows that The Keep must remain within the family, ready and waiting f ...more
Published July 6th 2000 by Headline (first published 1999)
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Carolyn Hill
Jul 28, 2013 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it
I love this kind of book that seems harder and harder to find: gentle, character-driven sagas set in a beautifully described lush countryside in the modern era. That it is in England is even better, and of course is why I seek out these books in the first place. What is it about the romance of old houses, like "the Keep" in this one, picturesque villages, and an old world country life that only England can conjure up for us stateside? Perhaps its roots go back to feudal times that are so antithe ...more
May 06, 2011 Carolynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in a series about the Chadwick family. (Read _Looking Forward_ first.) Fliss, Mole, and Susanna have grown up at The Keep under the loving care of their grandmother, Freddy. But now it is time for the fledglings to leave the nest. Fliss tries to make her marriage work and goes off to Hong Kong with her husband, while cousin Hal, hopelessly in love with Fliss, struggles with his own relationship. Mole joins the Navy, but still suffers from PTSD. Only sunny Susanna and her husband Gus find ...more
Carol Best
May 25, 2015 Carol Best rated it really liked it
I love these characters...the author has brought them alive.
Kathryn Bashaar
Dec 13, 2011 Kathryn Bashaar rated it liked it
This series is starting to grow on me. I will definitely read the third one. Again, though, just a little too light. Everybody has so much stoic British self-control. I want one of the Chadwicks to get really mad or drunk or something. They are just too nice to be really interesting. When they make mistakes, the most they might do is weep quietly. Otherwise they lie bravely and stoically in the beds that they made. But they are good, gentle company right now, while I am going through a health cr ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it
Second in the 'Chadwick' series. Freddy's grandchildren are grown up, adult life is portrayed through their eyes. Realistic and often moving. Recommended to read after the first in the series ("Looking Forward"). First read in 2000; just as enjoyable on re-reading seven years later.
Jul 11, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Part of a three book series, it is an OK family saga. Probably after reading Paris Wife it is hard to retrun to light reading. I still like Marcia Willett's ability to weave a great story and develop characters.
Jun 12, 2009 CLM rated it liked it
Felicity Chadwick, her siblings and cousins, are now adults, dealing with various vicissitudes under the observant eyes of grandmother Freddy and Uncle Theo.
Deborah Sigel
Feb 18, 2013 Deborah Sigel rated it it was amazing
One of the 3 books of the Trilogy- Great!
Dec 08, 2012 Muff rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012

Likeable family. I'll miss Freddy.
Jan 18, 2011 Penny rated it it was amazing
Just adore the Chadwick family.
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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.

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