The Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp
A Novel

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The ending for one couple might seem abrupt but I think enough has been said about their characters and outlooks on life to easily guess how things will go between them. Plus the book is really more about Julia who has found a man who sees and loves her as she is.
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In 1930s France, a free-spirited mother undertakes to derail her very proper daughter’s engagement
 
Julia Packett has barely laid eyes on her daughter, Susan, since leaving her with her well-heeled in-laws following the loss of her husband in World War I. Now thirty-seven, Julia’s lack of prospects hasn’t dimmed her spirit or her appetite for life. But when Susan asks her to come to France for the summer to persuade her grandmother to allow her to marry, she sets sail with the noblest intentions of acting the paragon of motherhood.
 
At her mother-in-law’s vacation villa in Haute Savoie, however, Julia sees that her priggish but lovely daughter is completely mismatched with a man much more suited to herself: a charming, clever playboy. The arrival of Susan’s legal guardian, the distinguished Sir William Waring, further complicates the situation.
 
Soon Julia’s efforts to pass herself off as a lady and secure her daughter’s happiness spin out of control, leading to romantic entanglements and madcap adventures that will challenge preconceived notions about the ultimate compatibility of any two people who fall in love.
 

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. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on May 07 2016

The ending for one couple might seem abrupt but I think enough has been said about their characters and outlooks on life to easily guess how things will go between them. Plus the book is really more about Julia who has found a man who sees and loves her as she is.

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