Every once in a while a very special story comes along that
deserves an enormous cozy chair with a view of rolling
hills, a fire snapping quietly in the hearth, a cup of real
cocoa in a favorite mug, and a plate of homemade cookies. A
Week in Winter is such a tale.
Moorgate is an enchanting old country house that belongs to
Maudie Todhunter, a spirited widow who has been holding on
to the place for the sake of her beloved granddaughter. But
Maudie can no longer afford a second home, so she
reluctantly puts it up for sale.
Moorgate immediately attracts more buyers than Maudie knows
what to do with. The first is Selina, her stepdaughter, who
has never seen eye-to-eye with Maudie on anything. The
second potential buyer is Rob Abbot, a contractor who has
lovingly restored every nook and cranny and who is
embarrassed by his own passionate devotion to the house.
The third is Melissa Clayton, a young woman with a sad, sad
secret who discovers at Moorgate all she's ever wanted.
As the story weaves between the past and present, Maudie is
startled to uncover patterns of deceit and betrayal that
contradict all her most cherished beliefs. At times it
seems that her most trustworthy companion is her
granddaughter's giant English mastiff Polonius, who is
boarding with Maudie after having been banished from his
own home by an irate Selina.
As the final revelations stun both Maudie and the reader, A
Week in Winter achieves a combined richness of character
and circumstance that raises it above most modern
contemporary fiction. Marcia Willett is a writer to
discover and to celebrate.