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The Prodigal Wife

The Prodigal Wife [Kindle Edition]

Marcia Willett
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Once it has been broken up, can a family every be mended again?

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Once broken up, can a family ever be mended again?

Jolyon Chadwick, a famous television presenter, takes his new girlfriend Henrietta home meet his extended family - and also to meet Marie, the mother who deserted him and his father many years ago, now re-appeared and seeming to want forgiveness.

Jolyon, however, is not in the mood for forgiveness - although his father Hal, now married to his cousin and childhood sweetheart, feels a lingering guilt about Marie and wants them all to be friends. And Henrietta, still vulnerable from the break-up of her own parents' marriage, is not sure whether she can move on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QXMYR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 14 Dec 2009
By Susie P
Having read the other reviews of this title before reading it, I was expecting to be disappointed with it. However, I thought it was up to Marcia's usual standard.

The saga of Fliss, Mole and Susanna, recounted in a previous trilogy, was mentioned quite often in passing and enhanced by some of Hal's memories. It was good to "catch up" with the family some years after the events of the original books, and also interesting to see new characters, whether Chadwicks or not, being developed.

I for one would welcome a continuance of the story, as Jo and Henrietta start their lives together and the secondary theme regarding Maria and Jolyon's relationship develops futher.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chadwick family revisited. 27 Aug 2009
This hardback edition does not make it clear that this is a continuation of the already written about Chadwicks. Although the flyleaf talks of 'The Keep' and the 'Chadwick Family' It was not until I was some way into the book that I realized that this was a sequel to previous novels. There is a family tree at the beginning but I don't tend to look at those as sometimes they spoil the story by listing yet unread about characters.

I decided to re-read the first 3 books,Looking Forward (The Chadwick Family Chronicles) Holding on (The Chadwick Family Chronicles) Winning Through (The Chadwick Family Chronicles). As these were written from 1998, I had forgotten them. I have kept the paperbacks and in each of these on the title page it states 'The Chadwick family Chronicles' a sadly missing piece of information from this hardback edition. Also the different parts (in the previous novels)were dated which was helpful to get a timeline.

Having re-read all 3 previous stories I found that the prodigal wife actually reminisces alot of the time on the past, so for any readers who have not read the others this stands alone quite well.

Without giving the story away, I found it a bit strange that it opened with and revolved around 2 new characters that had never been mentioned before in the other books. The previous 3 stories seemed to flow together better. I would have liked to have continued with the young Chadwick that we started to get to know at the end of 'Winning Through' but he was hardly mentioned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I really loved the previous Chadwick books, and have read and re-read them, so I was really looking forward to this one. What a disappointment. Much of it is a recap of the previous 3 books, probably okay if you have not read them, but otherwise you'll be constantly skipping bits to alleviate the boredom. The main characters' personality change is just so unbelievable, it just doesn't work. The book is just so different from the previous ones.

I'll be passing this book on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just churned out 21 Jun 2010
By C Tiger
I have read many of this author's other books and enjoyed them but this was a real disappointment. It looks to me as if Marcia Willett has run out of ideas and was forced by the publishers to churn something out. Nothing of any interest happens and large parts of the book are recaps of things which happened in earlier books. I wouldn't recommend that you buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cosy book! 2 Oct 2010
By Manxie
From other reviews, I was somewhat apprehensive about this book as I have read and loved all Marcia's previous books. However, I did decide to re-read the trilogy beforehand (just to remind myself of the minutia) but with the family tree - this was not necessary. I loved it and didn't want to turn the last page. I do hope Marcia will continue with this storyline as I love the idea of The Keep. I want to be there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Wife by Marcia Willett 9 Jun 2010
This is a follow on book about the Chadwick Family and The Keep. Excellently written, as always, by Marcia Willet, who brings her characters to life on paper. It is well worth reading and although it could be read as a 'stand alone' book I think it would be better if you had read the first three books about this family , so that you are familiar with all the characters. A truly lovely book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings the family up to date 7 Sep 2009
A nice easy read, brings the Chadwick family up to date for lovers of this saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 20 May 2014
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I had enjoyed all the books in the Trilogy so looked forward to reading this sequel and enjoyed this too following many of the previous characters and referring back to the story line and earlier characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hard to put it down
Published 6 days ago by Jean Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this addition to the Chadwick chronicles
Enjoyed this addition to the Chadwick chronicles. There's a lot of reuse of the earlier stories as in flashback, but this must help new readers understand the tensions in the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mrs H Lyall
3.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Wife
I thoroughly enjoyed the Chadwick Chronicles... But found too much repetition in the form of big 'chunks' of quotes from the previous books I did nt find it compulsive reading and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David H
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have read the other books in the series
If you have read the other books in this series by Marcia Willett, then you are a confirmed fan of hers and
this book ties up all the ends very neatly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Lloyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Was quite boring
I love anything written by this author so was surprised to find myself skipping pages. Even towards the end I was still hoping for some intrigue,but no it didn't happen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by linda Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the Chadwick saga
Written as always with such depth of character to make them almost come alive on the page. Don't miss it!
Published 8 months ago by pat scott
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Wife
As always, a lovely book by Marcia Willett. I love her books and am now buying them because our local libraries no longer stock them.
Published 10 months ago by Barbara Lyddiatt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Wife
I love Marcia Willett books as she writes from the heart about the settings for her books which are usually based around Cornwall. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
I am a fan of Marcia Willet for gentle yet thought provoking reading when I am on holiday. This doesn't disappoint, and is well up to expectations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JANE READ
3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable read
Not as good as Marcia Willett books usually are, but quite readable. I found the plot a bit dis jointed
Published 14 months ago by kathryn Jones
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