Her captivating bestseller of loss and the healing power of love now re-issued with a stunning new jacket look.
Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.
Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace.
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
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
Unashamed hymns to the virtues of domesticity, continuity and human warmth. And (they are) thundering good reads - Lady
A beautiful, haunting story. . . that will tug at your heartstrings - Prima
Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle - Woman's Realm
Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, The Shell Seekers, that captured the hearts of all who read it, and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved storytellers of our time. It was voted one of UK's top 100 novels in the BBC's Big Read in 2003. Her bestselling novels, September, Coming Home and Winter Solstice were made into television films. She was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature in 2002 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dundee University in 2010.