Publication Order of Chadwick Family Chronicles Books
|Looking Forward||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Holding On||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Winning Through||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Prodigal Wife||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Thea's Parrot||(1995)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Courtyard||(1995)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Those Who Serve||(1995)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Dipper||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hattie's Mill||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Amy Wingate's Journal||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Second Time Around||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Starting Over||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Facing the Music||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sisters Under the Skin||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Quick and the Dead||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Week in Winter||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Forgotten Laughter||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Children's Hour||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Birdcage||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Golden Cup||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Echoes of the Dance||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Memories of the Storm||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Way We Were||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Summer House||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Christmas Angel||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Sea Garden||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Postcards from the Past||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Marcia Willett, while young, loved doing ballet, but she grew out of the classic proportions required for it and her aspirations of becoming a ballerina were put to rest soon after. Marcia’s writing career did not start until she was fifty years old, and since then, has been busy writing novels. She has been able to write quite a few, writing over twenty novels and even some short stories; many of her novels are stand alone works, but she has written the “Chadwick Chronicles”. And that is just the work she has published under her own name, she has even written some novels under the pen name Willa Marsh. Her novels are published in many countries and have been translated into many languages as well; these books have made bestseller lists in other countries as well.
Her work in writing started when she was big into reading, and her husband (named Rodney, who also writes) told her that he thought she should write one, something that she did not take seriously. He thought that she would make a great writer and it would be doing what she was born to do, which was something that she did not see in herself. Later, she finally wrote her first novel, just to silence her nagging husband and to bring in some money after Rodney’s business failure. As part of an arrangement the couple came up with, after she finished writing the novel, she made her husband sell it, which he did.
That novel is called “Thea’s Parrot” (or “A Friend of the Family” as it was titled in the United States) and kicked off a pretty great career of writing about England’s landscape and fiction for women. It also brought in some much needed money for the couple. There are strong characters, and the novels are thoughtful works yet are still easy enough for most people to read.
Willett was born in Somerset on August 6, 1945, but has lived a lot of her life in Devon. She has also lived on a high cliff on the North Cornish coast. Currently, her and her husband live in South Devon and welcome visits from their son and his family.
“Looking Forward” is the first novel in the “Chadwick Chronicles” that was released in 1998. Felicia, Sam, and Susanna are orphaned after their parents and their older brother die while in Kenya. After this, they are sent to live with Frederica “Freddy” Chadwick (their grandma) who lives in Devon. Freddy has gone through a lot during her life, and she would get nowhere without the help of Ellen and Fox (her loyal servants and two people who have been helping her through her tough time). Theo, Freddy’s brother-in-law, is a minister who is ready to help her out. During this, her three grandchildren are trying to deal with their grief and move on with their lives.
Fans of the novel enjoyed Marica Willett’s ability to write a story, finding that she captures the atmosphere of the lives of the British very well. You really do care about these people, who seem to be like real people, in these novels and what is going to happen to each and every character. If you are looking to read something with some nice moving moments, check this book out. Some readers found that they could not wait to read more from this series. Willett knows how to develop not just characters, but the relationships that they have with the other characters in the novels. This book will draw you in and make you a fan, not just stories of the Chadwick family, but of the rest of Marcia’s work.
Some readers did not like how little plot there was in the book and that there was not a lot of fast moving events in the novel to keep it interesting. Some did not like that the deaths of the three Chadwicks, the event that puts everything in motion, is only mentioned briefly and not seen. This novel was more of something that you would read for leisure than excitement.
“Holding On” is the second novel in the “Chadwick Chronicles” that was released in 1999. The Keep in Devon has been home to Chadwicks for many generations. The three siblings who grew up there are moving out to go out into the world and start out on their own. Fliss must go to Hong Kong with her husband, although that means that she must journey a long way from her home. Susanna is close to falling in love and Mole is a naval man now. Freddy fears that she will die before the next generation of Chadwicks comes along. What she does not realize is that her three grandchildren need her love and help to get them through the tough times that wait for them. Freddy knows that The Keep must be ready for them to return.
Fans of the novel liked the way that Willett has brought these characters alive through her writing and the descriptions of the landscape are wonderful. Some readers found themselves thinking about things the characters had done even after they had finished the book. This is a very charming series that Willett has created for readers. These characters make for gentle company that allows for light easy reading. Some liked the fact that there were some lessons for life found in the book to go along with the interesting story being told here.
Some readers did not like how little conflict there was in the novel, and just seems to be about people having a good time with everything that they do. There is no struggle to get anything or do anything for them. Everything seemed to be handed to these characters, not a whole lot of them working for much as they born into status and privilege. Some found the novel to be too slow for them, with some stuff that slowed things down.
Reader’s Digest picked “A Week in Winter” and “The Children’s Hour” for their ‘Of Love and Life’ series. She has also won the Magnum Award from Readers Digest in 2002 for most popular author of the year.Book Series In Order » Authors » Marcia Willett