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Winter Solstice by [Pilcher, Rosamunde]
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One time actress Elfrida Phipps retires to a country cottage but is almost immediately reactivated through the personal tragedy of a comparatively new friend, Oscar Blundell, with whom she moves to an imposing old house, his shared inheritance, in Scotland. As Christmas approaches they are joined by a lovelorn cousin, Carrie, and her 14-year-old niece, Lucy, who is currently bothersome to the progress of her mother's new found love, and to her grandmother's hedonistic lifestyle. Sam Howard, troubleshooter in the textile industry, recently separated from his wife, arrives on the doorstep and finds himself unwittingly part of the soon-to-be snowbound family over Christmas. "Are you still snowed in with us, Sam? I hope so," says Edwina. "It would be such fun for all of us to be together." And so they all live happily ever after.

Lynn Redgrave, a good reader, voices the characters well but there's a recurrent smugness of expression that neutralises feelings of sympathy for this assortment who are destined by too many coincidences. A story without tension, the burdens of bereavement and finance and pleasures of romance and companionship are determined by unlikely turns of fate and the benefit of acquaintances who facilely solve the problems. --Running time 6 hours

--Lyn Took

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Rosamunde Pilcher's novel, despite its chilly setting, will warm the hearts of her growing army of loyal fans. Winter Solstice has all the familiar trademarks of a Pilcher saga, spun in her inimitable, homely, beguiling style. The story is told, chapter by chapter, from the perspectives of an eclectic array of characters. Former actress Elfrida--not very good by her own admission--leaves London for a geriatric bolt-hole in the country where she meets retired schoolmaster and organist, Oscar. Carrie, meanwhile (Elfrida's second cousin), returns to London from Austria and her brilliant career in the tourist industry, only to find her niece, 14-year-old Lucy, sadly neglected by her selfish mother and equally spoilt grandmother. Finally, handsome Sam is recalled from New York by his company chairman to rekindle an ailing Scottish textile mill.

As one after another must learn to live with their own kinds of loss, they find themselves collectively spirited northwards, from Sussex to Scotland, by way of Cornwall. And, as events unfurl, slowly, surely, but inevitably, those in need find solace in unexpected places. While her characterisations are, generally, carefully crafted and entirely rounded, Ms Pilcher's greatest strengths lie in her natural, easy narratives of everyday life, her thoroughly researched and captivating descriptions of scenery and surroundings. --Carey Green


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (11 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LPUXGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 296 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Elfrieda moves to a cottage in the country her life changes in so many ways. Oscar and his family befriend her and then tragedy descends. Once again Elfrieda is uprooted. Unexpected people appear and unexpected events bring changes she never dreamed of. A real page turner.
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This either the fourth or fifth time of reading this book and it still as fresh as the first I read it. This was the book of Rosamunde Pilcher I read and it made her a firm favourite. A very good read I love it. Jan
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Having read earlier Rosamund Pilcher books, Shell Seekers, September etc., I'm sorry to say this falls short. It started well but it soon became clear that this was a compilation of ideas from these previous books and this story felt somewhat recycled. It was all very predictable and over long in the circumstances. Obviously a well heeled bunch of characters with multiple homes, their Land Rovers, Barbour jackets and cashmere sweaters, not particularly likable or convincing.
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I have loved all her books and have copies of them all which are read over and over again.
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Loved it. A great, winter afternoon curl up and enjoy book.
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excellent, as are all her books!
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I just love these books and this one did not disappoint
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