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Winter Solstice (Paperback)

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One of my all-time favorite books! A story of a multi-generational found family who all end up in a house in Northern Scotland one winter. Reading this feels like wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket.

— Lori R

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice (the basis for the TV movie) is the story of five unforgettable characters, lonely and haunted strangers who find love and loyalty as a reborn family of friends during the Christmas holidays.

Elfrida Phipps, once of London’s stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life—shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name—still she finds herself lonely.

Oscar Blundell gave up his life as a musician in order to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views his sacrificed career as worthwhile.

Carrie returns from Austria at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and sister sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her sister's awkward and quiet teenage daughter, Lucy, so that her mother might enjoy a romantic fling in America.

Sam Howard is trying to pull his life back together after his wife has left him for another. He is without home and without roots, all he has is his job. Business takes him to northern Scotland, where he falls in love with the lush, craggy landscape and set his sights on a house.

It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring these five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan.

About the Author

ROSAMUNDE PILCHER (1924- 2019) wrote such worldwide bestselling novels as The Shell Seekers, September, Coming Home, Winter Solstice, and Voices in Summer. Her breakthrough novel, The Shell Seekers, sold more than 10 million copies. Pilcher also authored the photographic autobiography, The World of Rosamunde Pilcher. She was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and lived in Perthshire, Scotland.

Praise For…

“Tender... evocative... an occasion to celebrate.” —People

“Readers may find so much enjoyment in Winter Solstice that they'll want to revisit some of Pilcher's other books, such as The Shell Seekers and Coming Home.” —USA Today

“Charming... like Pilcher's other books, this one is as comfortable as a favorite tweed jacket.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“A leisurely, satisfying tale.” —Orlando Sentinel

“A charming and thoughtful book rich in engaging characters that makes the ordinary seem extraordinary... warms the heart like a good cup of tea.” —Booklist

“[An] evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail... the enduringly popular Pilcher holds fast to a theme that has all but disappeared from American fiction: the healing comforts of domesticity and companionship.” —Kirkus

“Believable, multifaceted characters with rich inner lives... highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Heatwarming.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250077462
ISBN-10: 125007746X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: December 1st, 2015
Pages: 528
Language: English