The Nutmeg Tree

Set in 1930s France, Margery Sharp s witty, warm hearted novel tells the story of a free spirited mother who is reunited with her very proper daughter after sixteen years, when her daughter asks her to inspect her fianc Julia Packett has barely laid eyes on her daughter, Susan, since leaving her with her proper, well heeled in laws after her husband was killed in World WaSet in 1930s France, Margery Sharp s witty, warm hearted novel tells the story of a free spirited mother who is reunited with her very proper daughter after sixteen years, when her daughter asks her to inspect her fianc Julia Packett has barely laid eyes on her daughter, Susan, since leaving her with her proper, well heeled in laws after her husband was killed in World War I Now thirty seven, her lack of prospects hasn t dimmed her spirit or appetite for life So when Susan asks her to come to France for the summer to persuade her grandmother to allow her to marry her fianc , Julia sets sail with the noblest intentions of being a paragon of motherhood But at her mother in law s vacation villa in Haute Savoie, Julia sees that her priggish but lovely daughter is completely mismatched with a man who is just like 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 challenge preconceived notions about the ultimate compatibility of any two people who fall in love.
The Nutmeg Tree Set in s France Margery Sharp s witty warm hearted novel tells the story of a free spirited mother who is reunited with her very proper daughter after sixteen years when her daughter asks her t

  • Title: The Nutmeg Tree
  • Author: Margery Sharp
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  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. With keen insight into people’s minds and hearts, and an uncanny sense of social class distinctions during the previous century in Great Britain, Margery Sharp writes with compassion, understanding, and a great sense of humour.This poignant tale is of an estranged mother who is called upon by her daughter to help her marry the young man she desires, despite her grandmother’s and her guardian’s disapproval. The mother, Julia, is all too aware that she and her daughter’s young man are cut [...]

    2. The Nutmeg Tree charts the fortunes of Julia, a middle aged former actress who retains her gleeful love of life and all it has to offer. Her enthusiasm and warmth has got her into trouble before in her youth, not least when she finds herself swiftly become pregnant, married and widowed in the space of a few months. Stifled by the kindness of her very proper and rather rich in-laws, she leaves her daughter Susan with them to be raised and returns to life and work in London. At the start of the no [...]

    3. "There were beautiful ladies in white hats, less beautiful males who were evidently going to pay for what the ladies consumed; and at the sight of so many drinks Julia's heart fainted within her. She needed a drink. She needed a drink badly. What with the heat, disappointment and weariness, she felt as though she had never needed a drink before.By the time she reached the edge of the hedge, longing had turned to resolution. She not only needed a drink, she was damn well going to have one.Julia t [...]

    4. Julia Packett is such an interesting character. She is, to use an old-fashioned and somewhat pejorative term, no better than she ought to be. As a very young woman, she met a young lieutenant whose family was country gentry, and spent several days - and nights - with him. When she found herselfenceinte, she wrote to him; to her surprise, he returned on leave and married her. He took her home to his family and returned to the battlefields of WW1; shortly thereafter he was killed.Julia had a daugh [...]

    5. In The Nutmeg Tree we meet a woman who believes that her past choices limits her future.It begins with Julia in the tub singing The Marseilles while her furnishings are being repossessed. A curvaceous thirty-seven year old, Julia loves people and men love Julia. She is broke and soon will be homeless. The bath also holds a grandfather's clock, dishes, and other things with some value--to be sold to the local antique dealer for travel funds. For after sixteen years apart Julia's daughter Susan ha [...]

    6. The Nutmeg Tree is a fantastically light British social comedy from 1937. Theatrical and big-hearted Julia has been happily estranged from her daughter (the product of a WWI-era dalliance with a doomed soldier) for 20 years. Then she receives a letter asking for her assistance with her daughter Susan's pending engagement; Susan's very proper grandmother does not approve of the match! So Julia must journey to a tiny French village near Aix to re-connect with the rich side of the family and to mee [...]

    7. This 1937 novel was a revelation. In the first place, before stumbling across it, I was unaware of Margery Sharp's adult novels, having only been acquainted with her children's books like The Rescuers. I also don't believe I've ever before read a true comedy of manners. This book was a delight and very insightful into pre-WWII Europe society. I hope this isn't a spoiler but the ending too was a revelation; I think the only way to describe it is as "speculation" on the reader's part. What happens [...]

    8. 3.5I had no idea what was going to greet me when I downloaded The Nutmeg Tree. The premise did sound interesting - a free-spirited and fun-loving woman receives a letter from her daughter, whom she left in the care of her in-laws 16 years prior, summoning her to come help make her guardians accept her choice of fiance. Upon meeting the young man, she discovers that he is made of the same cloth as her and thus not suited for her daughter.Julia is an unconventional lead, especially when considerin [...]

    9. Here is an English heroine (flapper era was her prime) who is past her youth, plump and completely broke. She has lived her life for the adventure and serendipity she craves. Now she meets in France for counsel toward a marriage decision for her daughter. The daughter is straight laced as they come. What unfolds is rather slow, but funny and yet always to a core of individuality held supreme. My problem with it was the ending. It's an ending for the 1930's silver screen and of course optimally h [...]

    10. I absolutely LOVE this book. I haven't encountered such splendid writing in a while; there were so many perfect descriptions that described beautifully some of my favorite things, which I of course connected to. The characters are all so realistic, and the plot too, that it seems like you're reading a true story sometimes. The last 10 pgs or so gave me a jump- I wasn't sure what was going to happen, and in the second to last chapter there was a "put down the book and gasp moment"; it's so well w [...]

    11. A delightful, light-hearted, entertaining novel from 1937 that manages to celebrate its sexually adventurous female protagonist in the midst of a romantic comedy. Fun!

    12. Originally reviewed at emeraldcitybookreviewIn The Nutmeg Tree, our heroine is Julia Packett, a very different but equally idiosyncratic character. Summoned to the south of France by an impulsive message from the daughter she hasn't seen since infancy, who is seeking approval of her intended marriage, Julia immediately identifies the young man in question as a "wrong one," but how can she convince her besotted daughter? And how can a former showgirl pull off the role of a respectable member of a [...]

    13. This book, first published in 1937, tells the story of Julia, a London showgirl, who spent a week with an upper class British officer, Sylvester Packett, in 1916. That resulted in a pregnancy and the honorable Lt. Packett returned to London and married Julia. When he returned to battle, his plane was shot down. Then Julia moved to his family estate in the country and gave birth to their daughter, Susan. The Packetts welcomed Julia and her daughter to their home. However Julia soon became bored w [...]

    14. I picked up this book in a free box at a yard sale in Griggs Park because the author wrote the Miss Bianca books, a series about a mouse spy that I loved when I was maybe ten. Miss Bianca was adventurous and clever and had a lushly round shape, all of which is also true of Julia, the heroine of this 1937 novel for grown-ups. At the outset Julia takes a boat to France to visit her long-lost daughter (conceived with a soldier during the Great War but apparently largely forgotten since), and on the [...]

    15. Margery Sharp’s The Nutmeg Tree has one of the best opening chapters I’ve read in a long time. When we meet Julia Packett (sometimes, but not really, Mrs. Macdermott), she is in the bath tub. She has been there for over an hour. She won’t come out because there are two men outside who want five pounds or they will repossess her rented furniture. By the end of the chapter, Julia has gotten out of the bath—but only after swindling the two men and a pawnbroker. We also learn in the first ch [...]

    16. This charming comedy of English social manners is a real delight. Light, but never frothy, witty, observant and astute, it’s a gentle satire on family, motherhood and romance. When Julia is left widowed after a very short marriage, she decides a staid middle-class life in the country with her new in-laws is not for her. Leaving her little girl in their care she escapes to a more exciting, if precarious, life. But when her daughter Susan thinks some maternal support might help her to persuade h [...]

    17. A delightful romp from the thirties. Julia, thirty-six-ish ex-showgril, is invited by her daughter Suzanne to join her and Suzanne's paternal grandmother in the South of France. As Suzanne was entirely raised by her grandmother and now wants her frivolous mother's help in an ongoing battle over Suzanne's boyfriend Brian, mishaps and mayhem can not be far off. Julia recognizes Brian as one of her own sort, i.e. wholly unsuitable for the priggish Suzanne. Unfortunately, her focus on preventing the [...]

    18. This was a fun romp thru London and France. Nothing mind tingling or enlightening and actually a little risque for the time it was written.Story begins WWI and a chorus girl finds herself expecting, marries her soldier, he then dies and after the baby is born she leaves her with her husbands parents to raise. Twenty years later, the daughter summons her mother to France to Grandmother give approval for her own marriage. This is not a tear filled drama, mother is quite the character!Made into the [...]

    19. I adored the Miss Bianca books when I was a kid, so I was intrigued by the ad for the ebook reissue of Margery Sharp's adult books. As was promised in the ad during the Book Riot podcast, this freebie was a feather-light diversion--a comedy of manners from the 30s. It has held up very well as a study of character, love, and knowing yourself, and it doesn't end up in a predictable way. Though I will say that, being as it is a comedy, love does triumph. I'm intrigued enough by this one to consider [...]

    20. The Nutmeg TreeThe Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp is a delightful character sketch of Julia, a vivacious no-longer-young woman who lives by her wits and luck. Her story is intriguing, but her personality and her thoughts (which we are privy to) are so lively and entertaining that I promise you'll be looking for a continuation. A lovely book!

    21. How can you not love somebody who sings in the tub while forestalling creditors with somebody else's antiques? And that's just the first scene.A very fun read for a summery afternoon. I knew this author only from her Bianca books which I read as a child; it's even more fun to discover her novels for adults.

    22. The cover on hand makes this look like awful pulp trash, but it's really not. Instead, Sharp has written a light, carefree love story, and done it well. While the plot could easily run to being silly, bland, or completely boring, it does none of the above. It's probably more of a 3.5 than a full 4 stars, but it was still really engaging, and made SEATAC-SFO go very quickly indeed.

    23. I really enjoyed this story! The character, Julia, was so interesting and I loved how the author let me know her inner thoughts and motives! I would have liked to see the ending be more, but still, a lovely read!

    24. 4 stars because this book was such a pleasant find. Never heard of the author but some research matched her with Barbara Pym. Very different writing style but very elegant and insightful. Bonded with the characters. Looking forward to reading more by Margery Sharp.

    25. A very charming book, with one of the most endearing heroines I've met in a while. It's the kind of book I hate to finish, which made the oddly abrupt ending especially disappointing. Up until then, though, it was lovely.

    26. A light hearted, but complicated story, set in France, of a mother and daughter estranged for 16 years, but now trying to rebuild their relationship.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Open Road via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    27. Charming! The Nutmeg Tree was made into a movie called Julia Misbehaves, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. The main character, Julia, definitely does misbehave, and her story is amusing, romantic and very entertaining. I definitely will see the movie!

    28. Wonderful The author paints so vivid a picture of the characters in this book, that I felt myself an intimate spectator into the lives and class structure of the characters, as they romp through the chapters. Throughly enjoyable.

    29. 3 1/2* The Nutmeg Tree is definitely a light read, but I thoroughly enjoyed this an old-fashioned and completely charming English comedy of manners from 1937. I was happy to discover Margery Sharp through my free download from netgalley, and look forward to reading more of Sharp.

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