In the novel, 75-five-year-old Sarah, Duchess of Whitfield, looks back on her long and eventful life. Seventy-five-year-old Sarah, Duchess of Whitfield, looks back on her long and eventful life. The daughter of a wealthy American family in New York in the 1930s, Sarah Family matters novel pdf marries Freddie. With little interest in her, he drinks all night and associates with prostitutes.
Sarah becomes pregnant but miscarries, and she and Freddie divorce. Her parents drag a listless Sarah to Europe, where well-meaning friends and family force their nephews, sons and grandsons on her. She meets William Whitfield, the Duke of Whitfield, 13th in line for succession to the British throne. Captivated by him, she finally becomes his companion in London. William soon casts aside her fears of a public scandal and finally convinces Sarah to marry him. On their honeymoon in France, Sarah and William happen upon Chateau de la Meuze, which William later buys for her as a Christmas present. Sarah works hard to restore the estate, but soon World War II erupts.