Henry Tillotson, a generous, genial man, rescues Margaret from a disastrous marriage in Egypt and brings her home to the West Country as his new wife. On the threshold she gives him a black eye and retires straight to bed where she remains, apart from the occasional malevolent outburst, for the rest of her life.
Over the years, two young couples become regular if uneasy houseguests, listening, speculating, keeping a watchful eye on Margaret’s door until finally, piecing together the gossip, the rumours and the mystery, they find themselves tangled in the web of Henry’s life.
Would you try another book written by Mary Wesley or narrated by Anna Massey?
This is the first time I've written a bad review but this was dreadful. Anna Massey reads all her books like an old black and white movie, sometimes it works but after a while it just grates. This story was fragmented and unbelievable and sooooo boring.
What was most disappointing about Mary Wesley’s story?
There wasn't no real story to speak of and it was very boring
How did the narrator detract from the book?
By trying to read it like an old movie, clipped tones and monotone expressionless voice.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
I have an eclectic taste in books and will try anything but just couldn't stick with this one. I have read a couple of her other books and quite enjoyed them.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is just what you would hope for, and expect from Mary Wesley. Every character is fleshed out and explained fully. The story is set post World War II and centres around the lovelife of Henry Tillotson and Cotteshaw, the house and farm he owns. I was pleased that Calypso is also part of the story, having loved her from the Camomile Lawn.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful