Ever since childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught by her mother that 'The Family' was the world's most vital entity. Its maintenance is Molly's special talent until she finds that, without warning, a family can change. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta family scatters. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.
Devastated by her husband's lies, haunted by dreams of her mother, and so full of anger that it frightens her, Molly takes refuge on Martha's Vineyard. When the season finishes, she stays on, renting a small cottage by a remote Up Island pond. Here she is caretaker to her bitter, ageing landlady, and nurse to the woman's ill and estranged son, Dennis. If Molly thinks herself angry with the world, she meets her match in him.
As Molly's stay Up Island widens the distance between herself and her old life in Atlanta, she receives news that her newly widowed father is suffering. She invites him to stay with her at the cottage, and the shape of her new life is cast as she keeps watch over Dennis, her landlady, her father and a pair of crotchety old swans...
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Brought up to believe that 'The Family' was the world's most vital entity, Molly Redwine is devastated when, out of the blue, her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman. When this shock is followed by the death of her domineering mother, Molly is cast adrift. Leaving the stifling southern community where she was raised, she takes refuge with friends on Martha's Vineyard and retreats to a small cottage up-island.
Here she becomes caretaker to a very different community. Taking charge of a pair of crotchety old swans, watching over her aged and embittered landlady and beoming a reluctant nurse to her estranged and rancorous son she distances herself from her old life in Atlanta. When she learns that her own, newly widowed, father is suffering, she welcomes him to the cottage and the shape of her new life is cast. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself to search for renewal, identity and strength...Product Description:
When 42-year-old Molly's husband leaves her for a younger woman she is devastated and leaves their home to go and live in Martha's Vineyard. She fits in well and makes friends, runs the library and feeds the swans. Her reluctant friendship with a naturalist may even grow to something more.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060182768