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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosamunde Pilcher Narrator: Jilly Bond, Lisa Burgett Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 23, 2018 ISBN: 9781427297396
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In Winter Solstice Rosamunde Pilcher brings her readers 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 to the page will warm the hearts of readers both old and new. Winter Solstice is a novel of love, loyalty and rebirth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/13/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Droese | 2/11/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda K K | 2/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/22/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/20/2014

    " 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/15/2014

    " good story. She is an endearing author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Riches | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. Kelly O'Connor | 12/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/9/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlasu Spencer | 11/29/2013

    " One of my favorite books all time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet Evans | 10/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila Skidmore | 9/24/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/3/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 3/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Abbott | 8/2/2012

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elissa | 7/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Maniscalco | 4/23/2012

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 1/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hale | 10/7/2011

    " Wonderful story by an excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Hutchens | 9/15/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Just Me | 7/29/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaxxos Panidis | 6/26/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 5/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 5/9/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/27/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/10/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/2/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 3/7/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/27/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merlene | 2/10/2011

    " On my TOP TEN list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 2/1/2011

    " 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. "

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About the Author
Author Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant, Cornwall in 1924. Pilcher began her writing career in 1949 as an author of Mills and Boon romances under the name Jane Fraser. She published ten such novels, the last is The Keeper’s House, published in 1963. Her novels The Shell Seekers and September topped the New York Times bestseller lists, remaining there for months to prove their extraordinary staying power. Her unsurpassed storytelling skills and remarkable talent are equally portrayed in her rich, romantic and satisfying stories.

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.