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 the 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.
For the record-- I don't really review books. I don't feel qualified, BUT I do love to talk about them and like to feel part of the book blogging world and this is a good way for me to record my books.
This was my 'first read' of the year. The one I chose to be reading on New Year's day. (I actually finished an audio first, but I had been in the middle of it in December, so I don't consider it my first). I was so excited to read this one and it did not disappoint.
I'd never read Rosamunde Pilcher before
While not really a "Christmas" book, it turned out to be. But not a cheesy one, if you know what I mean.
It was comforting and good and it will be on my shelf for a long time to come.
I'll probably pull it out every December.
I loved Pilcher's writing style and will be seeking out some of her other books.