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Winter Solstice Hardcover – 1 Aug 2000

4.5 out of 5 stars 293 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition edition (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340767464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340767467
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 24.1 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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As always, Pilcher is a sensible fairy godmother, bestowing happy endings upon the worthy and heartsick. . . [she has a] . . . remarkably evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail. (Kirkus Review)

'The literary equivalent of the appetising smell of bacon frying' Penny Perrick, Sunday Times

Pilcher's strength is knowing what she can do well and writing about what she knows. She has a way of tapping into the emotional life of her readers and making them care about characters not unlike themselves. (Daily Telegraph)

'One of our favourite writers' The Lady

'a warm, comforting book, the kind you want to curl up with' Choice

An entrancing tale of middle-aged love, broken hearts and teenage angst (Daily Express)

'warm and readable' The Scotsman

Rosamunde Pilcher's warm spell is charming and utterly convincing (Daily Mail)

'makes you feel calm, contented and at one with the universe. You won't want to miss a word' Fair Lady (Sept 2000 - S. Africa)

Unashamed hymns to the virtues of domesticity, continuity and human warmth. And (they are) thundering good reads (Lady)

Another dose of the kind of heartwarming, gentle fiction for which she is known and loved. . . like a big mug of cocoa in front of a blazing fire on a winter night (Press & Journal (Aberdeen))

'this lyrical novel weaves its own quietly captivating Christmastime magic' The Citizen (S. Africa)

'this book makes for rivetting reading.' The Independent on Saturday (S. Africa)

A gentle tale of everyday happenings to a set of well-drawn and believable characters (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

A beautiful, haunting story. . . that will tug at your heartstrings (Prima)

'Worth the five-year wait . . . hugely enjoyable saga' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle (Woman's Realm)

'huge and encompassing' Independent

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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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Loved the story. A good holiday read
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