‘A feel-good story with oodles of charm’
Wishes Under the Willow Tree tells the story of Benedict Stone, a forty-four year old jeweller whose life has lost its lustre. A boulder of a man, he’s jovial and laidback on the outside, but he feels anything but.
His tenth wedding anniversary to Estelle is on the horizon, but his marriage is breaking down.
In trying to have a child for many years, Benedict and Estelle have focused on nothing else. They’ve forgotten how to relate as a couple in their own right. When Estelle moves out of their home, after Benedict’s reluctance to accept their childless fate, he is devastated. Benedict vows to win Estelle back – but he doesn’t know how.
One rainy night, after a disappointment with Estelle, Benedict is alone in his house once more, when there’s a knock at the door. Thinking his wife has returned Benedict answers to find a young stranger on his doorstep. The girl announces that she is his sixteen-year-old niece, Gemma, and that she’s arrived from America to stay with him for the summer.
Gemma and Bill decide to make a deal. She can stay with him for the summer but, in turn, she will help him with operation WEB - Win Estelle Back…