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Marcia Willett Books In Order

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Publication Order of Chadwick Family 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

Those Who Serve / First Friends (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Friend of the Family / Thea's Parrot (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Courtyard (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dipper (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amy Wingate's Journal (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hattie's Mill (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starting Over (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Time Around (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Week in Winter (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Summer in the Country (2002)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
Memories Of The Storm (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echoes of the Dance (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Way We Were (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Summer House (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas in Cornwall / The Christmas Angel (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Garden (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Postcards from the Past (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indian Summer (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer On The River (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Songbird (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Days in Summer (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homecomings (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reflections (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Facing the Music (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quick and the Dead (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sisters Under the Skin (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Garden House (2021)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.

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.

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10 Responses to “Marcia Willett”

  1. Joyce Henley: 2 months ago

    Just read Hattie’s Mill for 7th time! Never get tired of it. Also read a lot more of Marcia’s book and recommended them to friends. Thanks Marcia, God Bless

  2. Sandra Phillips: 2 months ago

    Have read all her books but especially Homecomings would love if there was a follow up, would be interested to see what happens with all the characters. Is there any possibility?

  3. Lin Knox-Stettner: 4 months ago

    My deepest gratitude for Marcia sharing her most admirable and entertaining talent. After recently having well needed cataract surgery at 75 now, I have discovered The Summer House, devoured it and just finished the Sea Garden.
    Oh my, her works are Such a beautiful Treat! I, too, am happy to see her list of works in order and pray that I will have the time to read them all!
    Thankyou from the bottom of my heart, Dear Marcia.
    With Love, Lin

  4. margaret evans: 8 months ago

    I have nearly all of Marcia’s book and I got hooked by buying a used book from a charity shop in Ontario, Canada. I am now buying her books for my sister who is 85 and she absolutely adores them. Thank you Marcia Willett for bringing so much joy to so many people in real but gentle stories. Maggie

  5. Marilyn R Lykins: 11 months ago

    I picked up Indian Summer” and enjoyed it so much that I checked your website to get the listing of all Marcia Willett books and have the first 4 from this list ordered. I enjoy reading an authors’ entire works before moving on the another author. Love your website and I use it regularly.

    • Graeme: 11 months ago

      Thanks Marilyn always love to hear that 🙂

  6. Kristi Goetsch: 12 months ago

    I have just read again after many years her book called The Children’s Hour. Did she write a follow-up to this book?

    • Graeme: 12 months ago

      Unfortunately not.

  7. Mrs Gill Thompson: 1 year ago

    This was really interesting and as I love Marcia Willett’s books it is really helpful to have a list giving them in the right order. Thank you – I now know which ones I have not read!!

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      Glad we could help. Thanks for the feedback much appreciated 🙂


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