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The Prodigal Wife Paperback – 1 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mcarthur & Co Pub Ltd (Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552788016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552788011
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,156,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A genuine voice of our times.' (The Times)

'Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good.' (The Daily Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Once it has been broken up, can a family every be mended again? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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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. Well written lots of good characters and a little bit of romance and mystery all these things add up to a good book
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Format: Paperback
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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I love Marcia Willett books as she writes from the heart about the settings for her books which are usually based around Cornwall. It always makes me want to go to Cornwall after I have finished one of her books. Fabulous writer.
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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. Good characterisation, well written - slightly predictable plot but none the worse for not jolting you out of a holiday mood.
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Love the links with the Chadwick family and that the niggles which happen within normal families are dealt with in a true to life way. Add to this a piece of the past which adds intrigue the book becomes a page turner. Just love all the notes about local landmarks and places to visit, as I live in the area of The Keep, and have spent all my life in the South West of Devon. . .
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