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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; abridged edition edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553452932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553452938
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Pilcher's storytelling skills are serene and beguiling' The Times 'It's never too soon to discover Rosamunde Pilcher' Good Housekeeping 'Her genius is to create characters you really care for' Daily Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Every family hides something, but Flora Waring discovered a devastating deception in hers. At twenty-two she learned she had an identical twin, Rose, who lived with the mother Flora didn't remember at all. And when Flora ended up impersonating the high-spirited, spoiled Rose, she would have to face how cruel lies can be. When she agreed to accompany Rose's fiance to meet his grandmother in a picturesque town on the Scottish coast, she would quickly fall in love with the lush green countryside, the Armstrong family, and a rare, wonderful man. But she would also confront Rose's shocking secrets and a betrayal that could break her heart.

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Love her characters and descriptions.
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This one kept me reading & was sorry when it ended.
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You really get involved with the characters.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on May 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I don't think that Rosamunde Pilcher could write a bad book, but this, one of her earliest, is one of her best. It has all the wonderful Pilcher elements: the stately old home gone slightly shabby; the wonderfully individual characters (in this case, in Scotland rather than Pilcher's often-used Cornwall venue); the stalwart hero/heroines bearing secret grief in silence.
Our heroine, Flora, suddenly finds at age 22 that she has an identical twin from whom she was separated at birth. That twin, Rose, is everything that Flora is not--and does not wish to be. But before Flora can find this out, she is drawn into a ridiculous and dangerous scheme. She will impersonate Rose, who has jilted her perfectly nice fiance Antony, in front of Antony's dying grandmother, Tuppy.
Thus begins a fraught journey to the aforementioned crumbling estate in Scotland, a love-at-first-sight meeting with the grandmother, and a week-long charade that brings Flora close to permanent disaster, and changes everyone around her. Of course the reader prays for a happy ending and a nice, bracing cup of hot tea.
Simply a gem. If this is a Pilcher you have missed, give yourself a treat and curl up with it at the first opportunity.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on September 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have long maintained that reading a book by Rosamunde Pilcher is like coming home from work and putting on ones' robe and slippers. Both experiences are so warm, inviting and ultimately comfortable. And once again while reading Under Gemini, I had that old feeling that I was being enveloped not only with the wonderful characters but also with the locales that Pilcher describes so well.
Trying to put her life back into order, Rose is startled, while dining one evening in London, to see her face looking back at her. Realizing that she has a long lost twin Flora, Rose must at first adjust to the idea of a twin and the circumstances concerning their separation. Then when Flora suggests that Rose spend a few days in her apartment and Flora then must leave for Greece, Rose comes face to face with a man who thinks she is actually Flora. But Flora doesn't reckon with the fact that this man has given her twin a ring and now expects her to accompany him to see his sick grandmother in Scotland. His grandmother who met Flora five years ago wishes to see the more grown up Flora now in case she dies. Having nowhere to live and no job at the moment, Flora decides to go with the young man but has second thoughts when she meets his grandmother and other family members. The rest of the story moves along pleasantly. A real romance is in store for Rose, all loose ends are tied up in the end a la Pilcher style and there is a happy ending.
This is a sweet book with lovely characters during a simpler time. Written before Pilcher's best selling books, earlier titles like Under Gemini showed the earmarks of Pilcher's grander books like The Shell Seekers and Coming Home. Lucky for me that while I have read most of Pilcher's titles, I still have saved some of them and now can look forwrd to reading them along with her newest title Winter Solstice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on January 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Improbability, coincidence and pure fate take center stage as identical twins separated at birth come upon their mirror image quite accidentally while in a London restaurant. After a night spent puzzling through the bizarre circumstances of their lives, jet-setting sister Rose takes off to Greece -- leaving her much more down-to-earth twin Flora to deal with a recently dumped fiancé. Somehow Flora is convinced to accompany the fiancé to Scotland to comfort a grandmother who is supposedly dying. The drama mounts, as does the dishonesty, and Flora finds herself living a life she never imagined. When the house of cards begins to collapse, will the friendships survive the betrayal? And, has the right sister fallen for the wrong man? A bit of a relic, but cozy as a cup of tea on a cold and windy Scottish coast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rosamunde Pilcher is one of my favorite authors, along with Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. Pilcher's world is that of the Scottish coast, with its slightly shabby and beloved stone homesteads, its unique and genuine characters, its Aga stoves, leashes hanging in the mud room, tennis racquets in the hall, and corner grocery stores whose owners keep track of the inhabitants of the village. And of course, sheep, grouse and liberal amounts of Scotch or restoring cups of tea. I would live in this world of Pilcher's if I could. She writes in visual pictures that help you place yourself there. Her plots are well-constructed and thought-out. In this novel, a twin stands in for her recently met twin sister who she finds out is a not very nice "gel" as they say. The characters of the bed-ridden grandmother matriarch, Tuppy, the lost, out-of-her-element Flora and the lonely, handsome Dr. Hugh Kyle are people you will want to spend time with. They are supported by a cast of characters, each total human beings with hopes, wishes and hang-ups. Just a lovely book. Thanks, Rosamunde for sharing your world with me through books! Your books always make me feel that there would be a room waiting for me were I to visit that world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By anne johnson on June 3, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Covers a week in the life of Flora, one of twins, each raised by one parent when they separated. Flora is 22 and returning to London from Cornwell where she has spent the last year with her Dad and his new wife. She accidently runs into her sister, rose and they discover their story. Their Mom is married to a rich man and rose takes Flora to the luxury apt. they have in London. Emter Anthony Armstrong who was engaged to Rose. His granny is dying and wants to see Anthony and Rose. He talks Flora into posing as Rose and go with him to his home in Scotland for the weekend. Rose and her Mom vacationed there when she was 17 and she had an affair who now wants to renew the relationship. Flora falls for someone else. This is an early Pilcher novel and not as wonderful as her later ones.
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