(From the publisher):
The Rosemary Tree
, a delightful novel of modern Devonshire in which you will meet:
John Wentworth, a country vicar far less ineffectual than he feels himself to be; Daphne, who hardly realises how much she loves her exasperating husband; and their children, Pat, Margary and Winkle. With them lives Harriet, who had been John's nannie, and then housekeeper at the Vicarage in those far-off, halcyon days when she, not Daphne, did nearly all the work. Even now, they all said they could not do without Harriet. If she could have believed them, Harriet would have been a much happier woman, though not, paradoxically, the woman they couldn't do without...
Maria Wentworth, John's Great-Aunt, in her own world of Belmaray Manor, where time, as nearly as it can do, has stood still; and young Mary O'Hara, who feels she will never, never belong to that grim little school where she teaches...
And finally, Michael, a wanderer from the outside world who arrives in this lovely part of England weighed down by failures which, perhaps, are not so important after all. For, as Harriet briskly reminds him when his is ready to be reminded, "Being nonsensical through the first half of his life is no reason why a person should be nonsensical through the second half too." To Michael, it seems odd they should be drawn together like this, their lives intertwined to their immense happiness and advantage, all in a few weeks of this unusually beautiful Spring. Perhaps there is something behind it he must find out sometime from someone older and wiser, like the Abbot. Or Harriet herself seems to know.
Original title: The Rosemary Tree
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Midlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery