A Dubious Legacy by Mary Wesley

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Couples, both married and unmarried, collide at a country house during a weekend of sex, adventure, and shocking surprises

In 1944, with Britain still embroiled in World War II, Henry Tillotson marries a mysterious woman in desperate need of a passport. On their wedding night, she gives her new husband a black eye and falls ill.
Is Margaret mad? Or is something else driving her—something from her shadowy past? The arrival of two more couples at the Tillotson estate sets in motion a series of events that will impact all their lives—for better or for worse.
In Margaret Tillotson, Mary Wesley has created one of her most wickedly creative—and unforgettable—characters. A Dubious Legacy is an irresistible page-turner of a book about love and marriage, legacies, secrets, and revenge.
 

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Mary Aline Mynors Farmar was born in Berkshire in 1912. She was the youngest of three children and her father was an army officer, so the family frequently moved. In 1936, she married Lord Swinfen, had two children, and divorced in the early 1940's. During World War II, she fell in love with journalist Eric Siepmann and lived with him for several years before they were married, which caused Mary's parents to cut her out of their will in disapproval. When her husband died, she was broke with a teenage son. During the late 1960's, she wrote two books, "Speaking Terms" and "The Sixth Seal," but it wasn't until she was in her seventies that her first major novel was published, "Jumping the Queue." Afterwards, she published "Cammomile Lawn" (1984), which is about love and sex in the British upper middle class and was adapted for television, "Harnessing Peacocks" (1986), which is about a young unwed mother who turns to prostitution to pay for her son's education, and "The Vacillations of Peppy Carew" (1986). Wesley's other titles include "A Sensible Life" (1990), "A Dubious Legacy" (1993), "An Imaginative Experience" (1994) and "Part of the Furniture" (1997). She died of natural causes following a long battle with gout on December 30, 2002.
 
Published November 12, 2013 by Open Road Media. 270 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Finally, the guests arrive: a sweet homosexual couple, a brace of bores, the lovers, an old flame of Henry's and her husband, and the servants--a faithful retainer and a mother and son rescued years ago, by Henry's father, from death in Spain.

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There is more than one legacy in British author Wesley's ( A Sensible Life ) darkly comic, wise and irresistible new novel of manners. Henry Tillotson's legacy from his dying father is an injunction t

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There is more than one legacy in British author Wesley's ( A Sensible Life ) darkly comic, wise and irresistible new novel of manners.

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