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The Three Mrs. Parkers


From Joan Medlicott, the nationally bestselling author who created the wonderful world of Covington, comes a heartwarming story about three generations of women who find their way past old hurts and losses to understanding, forgiveness, and love.
Winifred Parker climbed her way out of poverty by marrying into one of Philadelphia's oldest, wealthiest families. Now seventy-two years old, she has always felt that her son married beneath him and she has had no contact with her daughter-in-law, Zoe, since her son was killed in Korea.
Zoe Parker lives alone on twenty-eight acres of rural Carolina land that she inherited from her parents. Determined to preserve her property when faced with the threat of foreclosure, Zoe, now in her fifties, has no choice but to turn to her wealthy, estranged mother-in-law.
Katie Parker is a young divorcée whose daughter recently passed away. When she returns home to Zoe's land to heal, she knows enough about her mother's history to be surprised to find her grandmother living there, too.
Though old grievances stand between the three women, new challenges and grave danger cause them to forge a new path together, and they soon find unexpected bonds forming along the way. Joan Medlicott has created an entirely new group of characters you'll want to spend time with in this warm, rich novel about family, friendship, and where the two meet.

Study Guide Questions
The Winifred who first arrives in Westminster is not the same Winifred who walks her granddaughter down the aisle. We often hear that people don't change, that as people grow older they get more set in their ways--and of course there's the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
1. Does Winifred's changing happen naturally throughout the story?
2. Is her changing believable?
3. How do you feel about people changing? What do you think could cause a major personality change?
Forgiveness is a major theme in this novel. We read and hear much about forgiveness, yet it is not an easy thing to do.
1. Do you feel, in reading this novel, that Winifred and Zoe are capable of forgiving one another?
2. Are you convinced that they are ready to forgive one another?
3. It has been said that being able to forgive is the ability to admit that we are like other people. Do you agree?
4. In your opinion, does understanding lead to forgiveness?
5. What does forgiveness say about these characters? Does it show strength, weakness, largeness of heart, insincerity?
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Joan Medlicott was born and raised on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She lives with her husband in the mountains of North Carolina. She is the author of the Ladies of Covington series as well as several standalone novels. Visit her website at

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