The Courtyard

The Courtyard

by Marcia Willett
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The Courtyard by Marcia Willett

In this latest early novel from the beloved Marcia Willett, Henry Morley can only wonder at the good fortune that has given him a vivacious wife and a beloved family home called Nethercombe. When he remodels a cluster of cottages known as the Courtyard, he is delighted to welcome a group of charming tenants. But soon disaster strikes, and everyone must come together to face the crises head on. Marcia Willett's ardent fans will savor a return visit with some of her most endearing characters.

The Courtyard is a gem of a story to be savored.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312306687
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 806,492
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. The Courtyard is the third of several early novels published by Thomas Dunne Books; her more recent novels include A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children's Hour, The Birdcage, and Echoes of the Dance.

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Courtyard 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1988 in Bristol, England, former naval officer John Woodward tries to make a go at it as a landlubber realtor. His wife Nell is still adjusting to having John home all the time while he adapts to not giving orders to her their young son Jack attends boarding school so he is not around to act as a buffer although his mom fears he would only receive more commands. At about the same time that the Woodward¿s marriage turns shaky, Henry Morley converts his Nethercombe Court estate¿s stables into a housing project the Courtyard. However, Henry, though recently married to Gillian, has marital problems as his bride fails to adapt to country life after she¿s seen London. Nell and Henry¿s elderly cousin Gussie Merton arrive at Nethercombe to visit and congratulate the latter¿s nephew Henry on his recent marriage. Soon marital relationships become challenged as the unhappy Nell and equally disenchanted Henry find kindred spirits in one another. --- This is an entertaining English complex relationship drama starring five fully developed characters each with their own personalities, flaws and desires that do not always mesh well with their partner¿s needs. Marcia Willets¿ fans will keep on reading with a need to know who ends up with whom. Although the ending seems too perfect, the audience will still appreciate THE COURTYARD, a deep look at how we get along, or for that matter hiding in despair when we don¿t. --- Harriet Klausner
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I liked the other books i read of marcias much better
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