The Flowering Thorn by Margery Sharp
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A Jazz Age socialite impulsively adopts an orphaned boy in this funny, heartwarming tale from the New York Times–bestselling author of Cluny Brown.

In 1929 London, twenty-eight-year-old Lesley Frewen lives a privileged, cultured life. But one thing is missing: love. When her aunt’s female companion dies suddenly, leaving behind a young son, Lesley decides on a whim to adopt four-year-old Patrick—which is odd, because she doesn’t have any particular affection for children.
 
As soon as Patrick moves in with her, Lesley gets to work using her connections to enroll him in the finest boys’ school. But she soon discovers that London is no place to raise a child. Relocating to the country, however, comes with its own set of daunting challenges. The tiny village of High Westover boasts a post office, a church, and a vicarage. There’s an apple orchard and children for Patrick to play with, but Lesley can’t imagine how she’ll entertain her friends there. But life with Patrick will change her, bringing out her capacity to love and showing her the difference between pleasure and happiness.
 
 

About Margery Sharp

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Margery Sharp (1905-1991) published fifteen novels for adults before writing The Rescuers (1959), her first book for children. Born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury, England, she spent part of her childhood in Malta before returning to England for high school. By the time she graduated with honors in French from the University of London, she had already begun publishing short stories; her work would later become a fixture in such American and British magazines as Harper's Bazaar, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Punch. Several of Sharp's novels were serialized and a number became successful films, including Cluny Brown (screenplay by Ernst Lubitsch) and Britannia Mews (written by Ring Lardner, Jr.); the Rescuers series eventually numbered nine volumes and inspired two animated feature films from Disney. Garth Williams (1912-1996) illustrated nearly one hundred books for children, including Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Born in New York City to English artist parents, Williams lived in New Jersey, France, and Canada before moving to England in 1922. He had plans to be an architect but ultimately studied painting, design, and sculpture at the Westminster Art School and the Royal College of Art. Having returned to the United States after World War II, Williams found work at The New Yorker, where he met E. B. White just as the latter was finishing Stuart Little. Williams also wrote and illustrated several books of his own, including The Chicken Book: A Traditional Rhyme, The Adventures of Benjamin Pink, Baby Animals, and The Rabbits' Wedding.
 
Published April 12, 2016 by Open Road Media. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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