Blackthorn Winter

Blackthorn Winter

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Despairing of attaining her dreams of glamour, financial security, and love during a seemingly endless English countryside winter, Claudia Barron changes her name and goes into hiding in a Dorset village, where she is unwittingly drawn in by local gossip and discontent.

McMillan Palgrave
In April, when blackthorn blossom clothes the hedgerows like a wedding veil, there sometimes comes a spell of frost or snow so severe that it seems as if spring and summer will never return. This is what country people call a blackthorn winter.

For Claudia Barron, the blackthorn winter of that particular April is like a metaphor for her whole life: for the end of glamour, financial security and marriage. Her rich and powerful husband has been sent to prison, leaving her homeless and virtually penniless. Hopeless to cling to the remnants of her old life, pointless to stand by a man who has betrayed her in almost every way a man can betray a woman.

Instead she goes into hiding, buys the only house she can afford in the Dorset village of Court Barton - a hideous bungalow built in an old kitchen garden - and changes her name. Under a cloak of anonymity she sets out to get herself a job in the local school. But villages don't much like anonymity and before very long Claudia finds herself drawn into the gossip and the grumbling, the lives and loves and quarrels of Court Barton in a way that she had never expected. Blackthorn winters do always give way to spring in the end.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312324568
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 28, 2010

Claudia Barron Knight, hiding from her previous life, adopts an assumed name and applies for a job in the local school of a small village.

But villagers don't much like mysteries and secrets and soon the inhabitants of Court Barton set out to find out what it is that Claudia Barron is hiding from and why. A really good read!

The author has also written Killing Helen and Turning for Home.


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