Jumping the Queue

Jumping the Queue

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Matilda Poliport, recently widowed, has decided to End It All. But her meticulously planned bid for graceful oblivion is foiled, and when later she foils the suicide attempt of another lost soul - Hugh Warner, on the run from the police - life begins again for both.But life also begins to throw up nasty secrets and awkward questions: just what was Matilda's husband Tom doing in Paris? How is the soon-to-be-knighted John (or Piers as he likes to be called) involved? Was Louise more than just a lovely daughter? And why did Hugh choose Matilda as his saviour?
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Not That Sort of Girl

Not That Sort of Girl

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Finalist for Sunday Express Book of the Year: A moving and sensual story of secrets, sacrifice, and enduring love from bestselling author Mary WesleyAt eighteen, Rose falls passionately, irreversibly in love with Mylo Cooper. Although he proposes moments after they meet, the penniless Frenchman isn't a suitable husband for Rose. Trading love for security, Rose weds Ned Peel. She becomes mistress of Ned's grand country house and promises never to leave him. But Mylo is never far from her thoughts or heart.Set against the backdrop of World War II and beyond, Not That Sort of Girl dances between the past and the present to tell the story of a woman who flouts social convention and risks her marriage, family, and more to be with the man she loves.
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Vacillations of Poppy Carew

Vacillations of Poppy Carew

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

A romantic, high-spirited romp through England and Africa by the bestselling author of The Camomile LawnWhen her father dies and leaves her a fortune, Poppy Carew suddenly becomes much more popular. Would-be author Victor Lucas, who may have drowned his wife, and his cousin Fergus, of Furnival's Fine Funerals, are just two of the men who passionately pursue her. There's also besotted farm owner Willy Guthrie, not to mention Poppy's ex-lover, Edmund Platt, who recently dumped her for a rich new girlfriend—before his ex became richer.Which man will Poppy choose? Will she go back to the treacherous Edmund, who is so determined to rekindle their affair that he abducts Poppy from her father's wake? From England to Africa and back again, Mary Wesley sends Poppy Carew on an exhilarating journey of liberation and self-discovery.
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Sensible Life

Sensible Life

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

A tender and witty novel of finding one's way to adulthoodA Sensible Life opens in 1926. Ten-year-old Flora Trevelyan is on vacation with her family in Dinard, an exclusive seaside resort in Brittany. Left to her own devices by her self-absorbed parents, Flora embarks on a remarkably independent life.Set against the backdrop of Europe between the two world wars, this acclaimed novel tells a deeply affecting story of friendship, family, and love that introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines.
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Camomile Lawn

Camomile Lawn

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Mary Wesley's sprawling novel of wartime England—and the loss of innocenceIt is August 1939. At an elegant manor house high above the sea, five cousins gather for their annual holiday. As Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, and ten-year-old Sophy explore the limits of blood, friendship, and their blossoming sexualities, war looms on the horizon. This will be the last summer that they spend together; it is a season marked by the heady joys of self-discovery, the agonizing pain of betrayal, and a world on the edge of conflict.A novel of dazzling breadth and scope, The Camomile Lawn journeys from the end of childhood to the slings and arrows of old age with the humor and insight readers have come to expect from the beloved Mary Wesley.
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Dubious Legacy

Dubious Legacy

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Couples, both married and unmarried, collide at a country house during a weekend of sex, adventure, and shocking surprisesIn 1944, with Britain still embroiled in World War II, Henry Tillotson marries a mysterious woman in desperate need of a passport. On their wedding night, she gives her new husband a black eye and falls ill.Is Margaret mad? Or is something else driving her—something from her shadowy past? The arrival of two more couples at the Tillotson estate sets in motion a series of events that will impact all their lives—for better or for worse.In Margaret Tillotson, Mary Wesley has created one of her most wickedly creative—and unforgettable—characters. A Dubious Legacy is an irresistible page-turner of a book about love and marriage, legacies, secrets, and revenge.
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Imaginative Experience

Imaginative Experience

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

A poignant and uplifting novel about transforming unbearable loss into a second chance for happinessLondon publisher Sylvester Wykes is traveling home from work when he hears the sudden squeal of brakes. As the train screeches to a halt, a figure leaps out to save a sheep lying near the tracks. Wykes is fascinated by this mysterious young woman dressed all in black.Their paths are fated to cross again when Wykes hires a housekeeper, unaware that she is the stranger from the train. Her name is Julia Piper, and she's in mourning for the husband and son she lost in a tragic accident. Julia is also being plagued by anonymous calls . . . and the feeling that someone is stalking her.
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Part of the Furniture

Part of the Furniture

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Mary Wesley's bestselling final novel is a heartrending, beautifully told story of a woman who discovers her self-worth—and finds unexpected loveCaught in the middle of an air raid, seventeen-year-old Juno Marlowe is rescued by a frail, elegantly dressed man. His name is Evelyn Copplestone, and he offers Juno shelter and a letter of introduction to his family's Cornwall estate. When Evelyn dies suddenly, Juno, with nowhere else to go, travels to the country to find her benefactor's clan. There, she meets Evelyn's father, Robert, a strong, handsome widower who gives Juno a home and a sense of purpose.Robert, grieving the death of his son, finds himself irresistibly drawn to Juno. And Juno, who has never known love, discovers a true soul mate in this kind and devoted man.Mary Wesley's last novel is a captivating, life-affirming story of loss and renewal, first love, and second chances. At once realistic and romantic, it will capture your heart and never let go.
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Darling Pol

Darling Pol

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Published here for the first time, this remarkable cache of letters reveals the great love story of Mary Wesley's life.'They met by chance in the Palm Court of the Ritz Hotel on the evening of 26 October 1944. By the time she eventually caught the train back to Penzance two days later they had fallen in love and Eric had declared that he was determined to marry her...'Before her death in 2002, Mary Wesley told her biographer Patrick Marnham: 'after I met Eric I never looked at anyone else again. We lived our ups and downs but life was never boring.' Eric Siepmann was her second husband and their correspondence – lively, intimate, passionate, frustrated – charted their life together (and apart) with unusual candour and spirit. Marnham suggests that through these letters Mary, who famously blossomed as a novelist in her seventies, a decade after Eric's death, found her voice. Bequeathed to Marnham in two size-5 shoeboxes, this is one...
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Harnessing Peacocks

Harnessing Peacocks

Mary Wesley

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

The captivating and sensual story of a woman who defies convention to make a new life—only to have her past catch up with herOrphaned by the death of her parents in a plane crash, Hebe bridles under the yoke of her strict grandparents. But when she returns from an Italian holiday pregnant—and overhears her family making plans for her abortion—she runs away. At nineteen, making her way alone in the world, all she has are her wits and her unswerving love for her unborn child.Fast forward twelve years. Hebe shuttles between jobs in order to pay for expensive schooling for her son, Silas. She juggles her various lovers . . . until the different parts of her life collide. As her past hurtles into her present, Hebe races toward a final showdown with a man who's been searching for his lost love.
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