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O so she is grateful for Kate's friendliness and her close unit of extended family and friends who embrace Jess just as warmlyAs this group begins reminiscing on their pasts and sharing their s. I am on the second

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Jess Penhaligon is on her way to Devon to receive an award for her botanical painting Hosting her will be Kate who gladly welcomes her into her home Jess's own family fell apart several years ag. I found this to be

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10 thoughts on “The Sea Garden

  1. says:

    I won this book through goodreads' first readsThere are two criticisms I've heard people give about books I've never understood before that after reading The Sea Garden make perfect sense to me The first is that the characters don't have distinct voices when they're speaking The second which I've received myself in regard to my own writing is that there are too many characters introduced too uickly and they're too hard to keep track ofIn part due to those two reasons I have no idea what happened in this book I've noticed that here on goodreads the positive reviews tend to be nothing than book reports summarizing what happens but not even mentioning why the reviewer found reading these happenings to be enjoyable Negative reviews usually pinpoint the problems a reader had with the book but somehow a true positive review is often hard to find It's bad enough that there's no telling who's speaking without dialogue tags even with them its hard to be sure Too many names to keep track of and too many similar names to keep straight There are Mike and Mark neither of whom ever actually appear in the flesh but both of whom are apparently too important and I think one of them is dead? to leave out And there's Al and Alistair who might actually be the same person And then there's Kate and Cass and Cass and Jess and Jess and Juliet and do you see where I'm going with this? Three of them are contemporaries and the other one is the granddaughter of one of the others but I really couldn't say which is who There are NINETEEN characters introduced in the first ten pages alone and no that's not even half of them and for the most part they're only mentioned by name with absolutely no explanation who they are how they're connected to everyone else or any indication of whether they're an important recurring character spoiler alert they all are I think or just someone who appears at the beginning to help introduce the important peopleSo yeah I can tell you a lot of names but I have absolutely no idea who this book is about But what's it about? I'm not sure about that eitherEverybody is married although half of them have divorced and the other half either probably should have or managed to work things out because I think everyone has also had at least one affair The goodreads synopsis says the story is about Jess uncovering old family secrets although I could have sworn it was Juliet and it's your classic soap opera plot of the wife having an affair and getting pregnant and trying to pretend the baby is the husband's and one person knows the secret and is convinced the baby is Johnnie's? but in the end it turns out the baby was actually Mark's? and the news kills the super old grandmother with joy because she wanted it to be her son's but then it wasn't but she died happy and suddenly JessJulietwhoever it was has found a family she didn't know she had and a huge one at that seriously new characters are introduced almost all the way to the endHonestly though that story seemed of the subplot to the story about one couple Gemma and Oliver? deciding whether or not get divorced or stay together after they both had affairs and moved to Canada where their daughter died in an accident And everybody's in the navy and constantly talking about boats and sailing and the pastBecause did I mention half the book is told in flashbacks? But that there's no real way to tell you've started reading one until it mentions the girls in party dresses because everyone was so fancy in the fifties forties? And then when it comes back to the present you can't tell either because it's still the same characters talking about the same things like no time has passed at all It's not until they mention a character being dead who is alive in the flashbacks that you realize you've come back to the presentAnyway yeah As far as I can tell there are a couple of good plot ideas in here But when you've got to focus so much on trying to keep track of who's who and what's what in each and every individual sentence you kind of lose the overall picture

  2. says:

    I found this to be a pleasing gentle story somewhat reminiscent of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher What a relief as thrillers are everywhere and I’ve certainly read my share recently This is my second novel by Marcia Willett and again one finds a recurring poignant awareness of those loved ones who have gone before The intertwining generations the nostalgic glimpses of days gone by and the author’s rich depiction of natural elements are all factors which weave the tale together successfully From my Arizona summer perspective I particularly savored this description of a season ebbing with emphasis on the water element ‘The long spell of fine autumn weather changes Atlantic fronts sweep in from the west bruise colored clouds piling and toppling into downpours of rain Rivers run high and fast burst their banks and smash small ancient bridges Then suddenly all is uiet again The storms race away to the east and a waning moon cast about with a shawl of stars rises in the clear night sky The temperature drops hoar frost whitens bare twigs and fallen leaves and puddles creak and splinter underfoot as ice begins to form’ Sorting the characters was initially a bit daunting but they did become clear as the novel progressed In the audio version the narrator was very effective

  3. says:

    This book is full of relationships; it's a continuation of the saga that began years and years ago with the story of the Navy families and I don't wonder that some people gave it up because there's a lot of relevant back story in 5 or 6 other books and no mention of that at all in the cover copy Huge backlist opportunity lost by the publisher I promise you will care a lot about the characters if you've been reading Willett for a while and know the back stories So in context as part of that large story this is a small gem Go read her other books then come back to this It is a bit short though Sigh

  4. says:

    I loved this book even without the back story for the characters I agree that it takes a while to get your head around the characters; I did have to write them down in the early stages but once I'd got that straight I really loved the book

  5. says:

    If ever a book needed a cast of characters listing in the beginning then 'The Sea Garden' by Marcia Willett is it It was incredibly confusing and took me ages to figure out who everyone was A young girl Jess is awarded the David Porteous Botanical Painting Award and is invited by David's widow to stay with her in Devon Here Jess meets a bewildering array of people who have been friends forever plus their children and their children It transpires that these people knew Jess's grandparents So the book flashes back to the heady 60s then to the present while the mystery of Jess and her grandparents slowly untangles The story has an old fashioned air about it in a rather Rosamunde Pilcher way and as I couldn't relate to the uirkiness or nonsense of the characters all of whom are unhappily married divorced widowed just hanging in there or determined not to be married I felt a little apart from it all The author's love for this part of the world is evident and there are some lovely descriptive passages Reading reviews after I had written this I discovered that this is a continuation of Willett's other stories which involve these characters; one reviewer said you need to start at her first and then read them in order None of this is mentioned in the blurb so false publishing I say

  6. says:

    I am on the second to last of Marcia Willett's booksjust finished the Sea Garden and immediately began to read Postcards from the PastIt is the only way to tackle Willett's novelsstart with the first one and simply plough through to the lastshe repeats her characters in subseuent stories but not necessarily in seuence which unless you read them one after the other makes for incredible confusionYou find yourself reading backwards to try to remember where you saw that character and who was that girl or was that the guy etcher books are deceptively complicated the plots twist and turn to the past and back again making you dizzy but excited to see what happens nextthey are not simple page turnerson the contrary her descriptive passages are lyrical and you get the feeling with each book that you would like to pick up and fly to the moors she describes so wonderfullyI am sorry that there is only one after this one and I have to wait for it till the end of the yearhowever the great thing is that the very complicated plots and numerous characters that might confuse the reader mean that I can start all over again without feeling that I read the books before

  7. says:

    Marcia’s books are so comfortable and relaxing xx

  8. says:

    I found this very confusing at the start because of all the different characters but once I knew who was related to who it became much easier and I enjoyed the book Some of the descriptive passages were excellent and I could see the image clearly as I read

  9. says:

    This is a well written and beautiful story about fate and how a small kindness can change someone's life for the better It is very British which is totally my cuppa and I believe there are other earlier books about the older characters when they're young and first married but this works as a stand alone novel with very few concise references explaining situations from their past lives I loved itJess Penhaligon is an artist just out of university whose won a prestigious art award from a now deceased artist's foundation which is presented to her in London by his widow Kate Porteous Both women have suffered losses Kate her husband David five years earlier and Jess her beloved father who was killed in action in Bosnia when she was a young teen They have an instant connection and when Jess's last name brings up ghosts from Kate's past she invites the young woman to come to West Devon and stay at her cottage in Tavistock The present collides with the past when Jess is introduced to people whom her grandparents were close to before they immigrated to Australia many many years ago There is a little mystery about Jess's grandparents which is interesting as it unfolds There is also problems in Kate's son Guy's marriage his wife Gemma has taken their twin boys and left him in Canada and has shown up unexpectedly on her parent's doorstep in West Devon The parents Cass and Tom aren't all that supportive and it's uncomfortable all around because they are best friends with Kate their son in law's mother It's a lovely journey to where Guy Gemma and Jess' lives weave together and with the help of good people things are accomplished and lives are changed forever My favorite character is Gemma's brother Oliver who is gorgeous and that sort of man that is great to have around when stuff goes sideways and he never judges he just lends a hand It's a good story and I always love a book where everyone gets what they deserve in the end

  10. says:

    Great story an enjoyable read little mystery with tangles family and friends relationships

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