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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099513056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099513056
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A novel whose freshness of tone, energy of plotting and sweet nature make it exceptional by any standards" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Few novelists offer such a rich concoction of amoral spice and cleverness; but to judge her work exclusively on this level is to miss more subtle rewards" (Mail on Sunday)

"With its brilliant final twist, this is Mary Wesley's best yet" (Evening Standard)

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'A real treat. A warm, witty, lively book' - Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

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I think this is my favourite book of alltime (although David Copp. is fighting a tough battle!) I've read the book hundreds of times and it makes me cry and laugh and smile over and over again without fail. If you're a romantic at heart, or you're just looking for a book to curl up with, cheer you up and make you feel warm - this is it. The characters are wonderful and connect with both the reader and eachother. It's not what I'd call soppy because so many brutal and emotional events occur and grip you, but it is delightful. If you liked Jane Eyre - you'll LOVE this. A glowing gem hides between the covers of this book.
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I was influenced to get this by the reviewer who compared it to Jane Eyre. I was therefore expecting a lot. It was an easy read. I loved some of the supporting characters - Bert, Anne & Priscilla but couldn't believe all the aspects of Juno's & Mr Copperstone Snr's characters.
It was an enjoyable book but as I had such high expectations ultimately I was left a little disappointed.
An easy read it is, Jane Eyre it isn't.
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this novel has such an easy opening that any reader who picks it up will be compelled to read on.The simple opening chapter sucks you in and delivers the most breathtaking journey of a group of people in an age where we would love to live and some have.dont let her history put you off.This book is a masterpiece.and if you let it.it will take hold of you page , after page, after page,twisting the story through times past, present and future, in a way only real life can do. this book is a must for everone.It also shows us how we can be much better people, with only the simpleist of helping hands.Its too good to be made for tv.
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2015
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The heroine of Mary Wesley's novel 'Part of the Furniture', set mostly during the Second World War, is Juno Marlowe, a naive and attractive seventeen-year-old, in love with two young men she has known since childhood. The two young men - cousins who like to share and who have always taken Juno's devotion to them for granted - decide to avail themselves of her virginity before going off to war and, after their departure, Juno is left heartbroken and alone in the midst of an air raid on the London streets. There, she meets Evelyn Copplestone, pale and unwell, who offers her protection by taking her into his home but, after writing a letter to his father which he hands to Juno, he dies quietly in his sleep. Shocked and saddened by Evelyn's death, Juno decides to deliver the letter in person and she soon finds herself in Cornwall where she is welcomed by Evelyn's father (the very attractive) Robert, and Robert's housekeeper, the 'salt of the earth' Ann. Before long, Juno is milking cows, feeding pigs and learning to make butter on the family farm - where, interestingly, many of the animals are named after Robert's past lovers - and slowly Juno's broken heart begins to mend. However, just as she starts to think that she has found a place where she really feels at home, Juno discovers something that will alter her life significantly, and possibly Robert's too.Read more ›
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2013
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I am late to reading Mary Wesley's novels, just as she was late into writing. Mary Wesley had little time for the glossiness of life, she write about the now, what was needed, wanted and what happened on that journey.

'Part of the Furniture' is a shrt, lyrical tale of a young woman who never felt loved and an older man who loved and ost and never thought he could have it again. The title of this book was off-putting to me, but as I thought about it, I realized it was the perfect title. It described the first part of the novel, but to the last. Maybe the title needed to be lengthened to 'And, Now Buying the Furniture'.

Juno Marlowe was alone, her mother moved to Canada with a new man. Her father a conscientious objector died in jail, her great aunt disliked her, the two men she traveled with left her. She had no money nor any where to really go. A chance encounter with a man leads her to a home where she is welcomed. She winds her way into the hearts if all, but she does not realize it. She finds herself pregnant, is welcomed into the family for good to raise her child. No questions asked, few conversations take place. We just know that Juno is in the right place, and she will find her way.

Mary Wesley has a way of writing that brings us into the fold. No questions asked, we just know things will be fine. Mature, fresh writing that is open for all of us to read. MaybWesley's writing does not always leave us feeling good, sometimes we are horrified. We can see ourselves in the mirror. A true genius!

Recommended. prisrob 07-07-13
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A later book from Mary Wesley after her foray into linked stories by character ie The Camomile Lawn and further stories involving Calypso. Although set in the same era - 2nd World War - no characters reappearing from previous books, it tells of a very young and naive girl - Juno - who is cast adrift when her mother and step father move to Canada and finding no other home drifts, by direction of a brief encounter with a dying man, to a farmer (and farmer, father of the dying man) in the West Country, where she finds, at last, some stability and a feeling of belonging. Fairly quaint in the telling and not too serious - perfect for a summer read.
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