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Author: Rosamunde Pilcher Narrator: Lisa Burgett Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427297396

Publisher Description

In Winter Solstice, bestselling author Rosamunde Pilcher brings listeners into the lives of five very different people....

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 Australia at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and aunt sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her aunt'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.

It is in this house, 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 will warm the hearts of listeners both old and new. Winter Solstice is an audiobook about love, loyalty and rebirth.

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Quotes

  • “The author of The Shell Seekers has penned another romance sure to give fans the warm fuzzies.

    - Publishers Weekly
  • Elegant reading in which Rosamunde Pilcher provides the two hallmarks of her writing: gentle, atomospheric recreation of English lifestyles and an appealing cast of interesting people whose lives come together for new experiences while theyre making other plans.

    - RT Book Reviews (four stars)
  • ... remarkably evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail.

    - Kirkus Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I am in the process of moving, and all my stuff is in storage, so I thought I would miss hearing my favorite Rosamunde Pilcher novel this season. But there it was, and I was so very glad to find it. The narrator was different; I am used to Lisa Burgett, and this reader was Jilly Bond. But I still loved it! Thank you for making it available. "

    - Route66Roadie, 12/19/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another fabulous book that I couldn't put down. She really creates an intimate bond between the characters and the reader. "

    - Amber, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Winter Solstice is a comfy heartwarming read. I wish I could read it again for the first time. I love Ms. Pilcher's craft. She's like listening to your favorite auntie tell her dear tales. "

    - Tami, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books of all time. I always feel that I am ACTUALLY IN THIS BOOK! I want to be with them as they each experience their days in Scotland. Despite the tragedy that life brings, these characters work through it with each others help, albeit, with some, to me, miraculous events thrown in as well. My third time reading this was as good or better than the first. "

    - Linda, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A good story with interesting characters- it was one I kept wanting to get back to reading. It's the kind of book that I feel involved in as I'm reading as though those characters could walk in my door any moment- or actually more like I could walk in theirs. "

    - Danielle, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book! Great characters that you fall in love with! "

    - Pam, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There's nothing like reading a Rosamunde Pilcher novel once the weather starts to turn cooler. This is my second reading of this book, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. It's a nice gentle story with characters I'd like to know in real life. I guess the simplicity of it all speaks to me... "

    - Barbara, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " good story. She is an endearing author. "

    - Barb, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I LOVE this book - I've read it again and again!!! It's so gentle and festive. :) "

    - Louise, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Rosamunde Pilcher's books are the ultimate literary comfort food. Winter Solstice is wonderful. While not as epic as Coming Home or to the height of The Shell Seekers and September, Winter Solstice is a delight. "

    - K., 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is Pilcher's best. I read it every winter. Nothing ground breaking. Just a nice story for a winter evening. "

    - Louise, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books all time "

    - Carlasu, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I LOVE Rosamunde Pilcher, nothing bad can EVER happen when I'm reading one of her books. Only half way through but loving this, even though it's still practically summer. Making me long for winter, nice. "

    - Harriet, 10/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorites. I have read it every winter since I got it. Comfort food. "

    - Leila, 9/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Being a fan of Ms. Pilcher, Winter Solstice did not disappoint. Not as good as Coming Home but still an enjoyable story. "

    - Cindy, 5/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good winter/Christmas read, spent most of the snowy day yesterday in front of the fire with it. I like Rosmunde Pilcher's writing. She incorporates a lot of gardening jargon in her writings and basically a clean read, which is hard to find sometimes. "

    - Sherrie, 3/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This may be my favorite book of all time. I read it every year, starting on the day after Thanksgiving. Some day I hope to visit Scotland! "

    - Susan, 8/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read a bunch of Rosamunde Pilcher novels right after I graduated from college because I needed something light. She has a talent for writing about human emotions and relationships. I don't think I could read any of her books a second time, but they weren't bad the first time around. "

    - Elissa, 7/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really liked this book, but then I think I've liked everthing I've read by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her characters are so real and likable. Good book! "

    - Beth, 4/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Book on Tape. Everything ended too perfectly. Good happy endings are nice, but in this case I didn't like it. Too perfect. "

    - Brenda, 1/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book didn't grab me at first but the more I read the more I wanted to. I really love the way she makes the characters come to life and makes them part of your life. You HAVE to know what happens to them. "

    - Diane, 1/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wonderful story by an excellent writer. "

    - Susan, 10/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I read this a number of years ago. I decided to read it again because I like the feel of it. "

    - Bonnie, 9/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I loved her character development, but wish she had written a sequel. I would like to know what happened to some of the characters. This is my first book by Rosamunde Pilcher and it was an easy, delightful read. "

    - Just, 7/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It was the perfect book to read this Christmas time... "

    - Zaxxos, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Couldn't get into this book. I tried 3 times, but kept getting lost in the words and useless information. Got to page 57, and still didn't understand the setting or the characters. Finally just gave up, it wasn't worth the effort. "

    - Denise, 5/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoy Pilcher's "soft", easy read. Her characters came to life for me and I looked forward to getting back to spending time with them each time I picked up the book. "

    - Marsha, 5/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So far I am really enjoying this book. I love Rosamunde Pilcher anyway, so I expected to like this book and it has not dissapointed. "

    - Margie, 5/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good winter read, felt the main characters should have been developed more. "

    - Susan, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A nice story but I enjoyed the Shell Seekers more. "

    - Erin, 4/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Each chapter features one of the well-developed characters; often an event is retold from another character's perspective which can become a little tiresome. English setting, family dynamics and a tad predictable but a good read for rainy days! "

    - Pat, 4/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book embraced me and took me into a lovely world. I really grew to care about these characters and am cranky at finishing the book and leaving them. A wonderful book to read under the covers in winter! "

    - Lyn, 3/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good book....I didn't want it to end. "

    - Laura, 2/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " On my TOP TEN list. "

    - Merlene, 2/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " No doubt one of he best novels R. Pilcher has written. The story of unlikely people coming together in a short period of time. Good read. Cried and laughed. "

    - Sonia, 2/1/2011

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 ten million copies. She 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.

About the Narrator

Jilly Bond has worked extensively in theater and radio for many years. Her stage credits include Miranda in The Tempest, Fiona in When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, and Anita in A Small Family Business. She is regularly heard in dramas for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration.