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Willow - Virginia Andrews



Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

VIRGINIA Andrews, whose novels have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide and been translated into 22 languages, begins her new De Beers series with Willow, a story of love, deception and one woman's determination to discover her true self.

Willow De Beers is that woman and just 19 when her adoptive father, a renowned psychiatrist, dies, leaving a legacy she cannot ignore - the identity of her birth parents. So begins her quest.

 

It takes her to Palm Beach and the opulent and glitzy world of the rich and famous; where, under an assumed name and the pretext of researching high society, she meets and falls in love with lawyer, Thatcher Eaton.

But it's all too easy - the stuff of novels, as they say. So, although the premise is good, it's one of missed opportunities; the plot predictable and insubstantial.

Which is a pity, for Andrews paints her characters with great care, even if they do ultimately leave us indifferent to their fates.

That said, Willow is well written and doesn't rely on titillating sex to keep interest alive. Neither does it make use of the all-too-common expletives that nowadays, so many writers deem necessary in their books.

So, while no masterpiece in the manner of Austen or Shute, Willow is a light and entertaining read, ideal say, for a holiday or to unwind with at the end of a busy day.

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