Those Who Serve
A moving story of love, friendship, laughter and tears
By Marcia Willett
Marcia Willett's fascinating and moving debut Those Who Serve is a tale of two best friends coping with turbulent marriages to their naval officer husbands in the 1960s
It had all seemed so exciting and romantic...
Marcia Willett's fascinating and moving debut Those Who Serve, set in the 1960s, is a tale of the ups and downs of Navy life and of being a Navy wife. The perfect read for fans of Harriet Evans and Katie Fforde.
Not even out of their teens, Kate and Cass, friends since boarding school, both marrying dashing naval officers within weeks of each other. But after all the glamour of naval balls and white weddings, passing beneath the arches of naval swords had not led Kate down the pathway to marital bliss. Not even her cherished twins can compensate for her husband's coldness and mental cruelty and she yearns for the peace of her beloved West Country.
Cass, on the other hand, revels in the freedom of movement her husband's long absences on the submarines provide - even with the arrival of the first of her four children, she is not to be denied the frenzied activity of the 1960s sexual revolution! But it is a dangerous game that Cass is playing, and as the decades roll by, Kate may not always be around to pick up the pieces...
What readers are saying about Those Who Serve:
'Absolutely beautifully written. Emotional rollercoaster from start to finish'
'A delight, well written and great human insight'
'Wonderful believable characters'
Marcia Willett was born in Somerset, the youngest of five girls. After training to become a ballet dancer, she joined her sister`s Dance Academy as ballet mistress. She then became a naval wife and her son was born in 1970. She now lives in Devon with her husband, Rodney, who first encouraged Marcia to write, and their Newfoundland, Trubshawe.
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10 Nov 2011
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Praise for Marcia Willett's previous novels: 'A fascinating study of character...a cleverly woven story — Publishing News
Poignantly told, with fine characterisation and a lavish sprinkling of humour — Evening Herald
This excellent first novel...is a rounded portrait of modern family life where light-hearted affection and friendship contrasts with the darker strands of human nature — Dartmouth Chronicle
A delight from start to finish — Kingsbridge Gazette
A must for women fiction readers — Booklist