The Mulberry Tree

The Mulberry Tree

Large Print - 2002
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Quiet, unassuming, and overweight Lillian Manville did anything and everything to please her husband, the illustrious self-made billionaire James Manville. Since the tender age of seventeen, she had obeyed this powerful older man's every command and in return she received a life beyond her wildest dreams. But when Jimmie dies suddenly in a plane crash, Lillian's pampered life comes to an abrupt halt. She learns that Jimmie has bequeathed all of his riches to his devious siblings. All, that is, except an old farmhouse in small-town Calburn, Virginia.Although Lillian is devastated by Jimmie's death and apparent betrayal, her unexpected circumstances quickly transform her for the better. She loses weight and, with the help of Matthew Longacre, a kind, handsome local man, begins to renovate the farmhouse and establish friendships with Calburn's quirky townspeople. In time she develops her own thriving business and an inner strength she never knew existed. But, though Lillian's new life seems as strong as the mulberry tree firmly planted outside her farmhouse, there remain secrets and lies that threaten to uproot the past she cherished and the future she will fight to protect.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, c2002
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780743446204
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Dever 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 491 p


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Aug 09, 2015

I enjoyed the story line but there was a lot of characters to keep in line. It might have not been a 10/10 but I could not put it down. So a must read to the end-great ending!

Sep 15, 2010

This book is okay, but not great. The biggest problem is that the author leaves a couple huge questions (surrounding the big mystery) unanswered. From the very beginning the author implies two characters must be blackmailing another. This is sort of confirmed, to a degree, near the end, but the author never reveals how or when these characters would have crossed paths, or how the blackmail started.

Another huge part of the plot is the inheritance. It ultimately doesn’t make any sense. You realize that blackmail had to be the reason he wrote his will the way he did. At the very beginning you learn that he left her the house without actually putting it in the will, so no one else would know. If he figured out a way to do that, why didn’t he leave her a reasonable amount of money to be given to her in the same manner? You know he does not value money because he has so much of it, and he thinks that his wife would be taken advantage of if he left her a large amount. But considering the condition of the house, the amount of money he left her wouldn’t even cover half the repairs to make it livable.

For someone who claimed to love her so much, and sincerely promised she’d be taken care of after his death, the inheritance doesn’t make sense, and is never explained.

The character development of the late husband is very interesting, and is revealed slowly throughout the book. By the end you are desperately wishing for a confrontation that can never happen because he is dead. You feel like you are left with so many questions that only he can answer, so you are left wanting.

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