A Winter Marriage by Kerry Hardie
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Divorced three times and recently widowed by her fourth husband, Hannie Bennet is an unapologetic professional wife, marrying for financial security instead of love. When she meets Ned Renvyle, writer and world traveler, Hannie believes she's found a suitable new mate: he's in search of a wife and companion as he settles into his twilight years on a farm in the Irish countryside where he was raised.

But what at first seemed to Hannie like a convenient union quickly becomes a personal prison. Her unflinching cool and lack of sentiment alienate her from Ned and the townspeople, and when her troubled teenage son comes to visit, she must maintain a deception so potent it threatens the entire community. Soon, Hannie finds herself in a maelstrom of blackmail, deceit, and violence, forced to make the most impossible choice a mother can confront.


About Kerry Hardie

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Hardie grew up in Northern Ireland and studied English at York University, England. She has worked for the BBC and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and has received the Friends Provident National Poetry Prize.
Published December 3, 2002 by Little, Brown. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Hannie senses the inexorable pull toward disaster as Joss spends more and more time with Ned’s tenant, a lovely and innocent would-be artist named Niamh.

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At a friend's wedding in England, widowed Hannie meets Ned Renvyle, a much older writer looking for a wife, and they agree to a pragmatic marriage—he gets a companion, she gets to share his money.

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Hardie's elegant, measured debut has a spooky, this-house-ain't-no-home element to it that is reminiscent of Rebecca, if Rebecca were set on a small farm in present-day Ireland.

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