A few of the normally bloodthirsty readers in the Mystery Community discovered recently that we share a fondness for Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice, and we decided we would like to do a group read around the winter holidays.
Rosamunde Pilcher is best known for her family saga, The Shell Seekers. Winter Solstice is her last novel, published in 2000, when she retired from her over 50-year-long writing career.
Here is a description of the book:
"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 to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views the sacrifice of his 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 sister 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.
It is here, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed. Rosamunde Pilcher's long-awaited return to the page will warm the hearts of readers both old and new.Winter Solstice is a novel of love, loyalty and rebirth."
Winter Solstice can be purchased new in mass market paperback, audio and ebook forms. It should be also be available from your local library, and inexpensive used hardcover and paperback copies of the book are widely available.
Please join us, starting on December 15, for a discussion of this story.
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