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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: Lynn Redgrave Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN:
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When Elfrida Phipps abandons London for a quaint country village, she settles in quickly. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace, and the friendship of good neighbors, Oscar, Gloria and their little girl. Perhaps, at last, she can exorcise the pain of the past and find peace. But it is not to be. Tragedy upsets Elfrida's newfound tranquility and she takes refuge in a rambling house in the north of Scotland called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster. But somehow the group proves to be greater than the sum of its ill-suited parts, and as the solstice passes and Christmas approaches, the healing power of love on even the most troubled human spirit begins to work its magic. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 2/19/2014

    " An excellent book I love the authors books. I saw the film first which is different but I couldn't put the book down._ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laure Glass | 2/19/2014

    " My all-time favourite Christmas story. This is how Christmas should be: surrounded by those you love and kept simple. Rosamunde Pilcher can create a scene without flowery descriptions or imagery. Her language is simple but draws you right in to the story. I've read all her books that I know of. I read this book every year and have done for probably the last 5 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Reinhardt | 2/19/2014

    " This was a great book, mostly taken place in Scotland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 2/13/2014

    " This is one of those books that begs to be savored in a comfy chair, wrapped in a cushy throw, with a cup of coffee or tea, either by the fireplace or in a sunny window. I made sure I took the time during the busy holiday season to do just that, and enjoyed every minute of this wonderful book. A pleasure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Greene | 2/11/2014

    " This was a pleasant read, but it was definitely not very supportive of marriage - lots of broken homes, and most of the "successful" relationships were adulterous, with no one seeming to think anything of it. I enjoyed the format of rotating the point of view among the characters one chapter at a time, and I did like the characters enough to care about what happened to them. I always enjoy British English, so the writing was fun to read. There were too many coincidences for me, and I did get just a bit tired of reading so much about what the characters were wearing and eating. (Being a non-drinker I wouldn't know, but is it common for alcohol to be consumed several times every day?) It was a nice, non-demanding novel, but not great literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/29/2014

    " i've read this book many times and i always wish i could visit the Estate House and join their little Christmas party! what a beautiful world R Pilcher creates, where the simple pleasures of life are savored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiki Sayre | 1/25/2014

    " Great escapism, and particularly cozy to read over the winter holidays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/19/2014

    " This is a lovely novel, perfect for reading around the holidays. It took me a while to get into it because we meet one person and are with her for seventy pages; then we switch to someone totally unrelated. But you should stick with it. The plot was fairly predictable, but I didn't mind. Pilcher creates a homey, loving atmosphere with characters you'd hope you could live with. It is a quiet novel about love, redemption, and the comforts of finding a home -- home meaning people who love you. Pick this up for when you are cold and feeling down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwinn | 1/18/2014

    " Great, fluffy winter holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Some of the characters got on my nerves because of their lack of responsibilty, but I have seen this recurrung trend in some of her other books. Overall a good read with a good ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. Kelly O'Connor | 12/10/2013

    " 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 Danielle | 12/2/2013

    " 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 Kelley | 11/26/2013

    " Reading this again...it's one of those books that return me to a place I love. Big sigh of relief. Finished. Wonderful but sad, just how a good book should end. Fulfilling to finish but sad that the journey is over. It's on to other good stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mell | 11/8/2013

    " Tried two differnent times to read this novel, and just can't do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.J. Prince | 10/31/2013

    " I try to read this book every Christmas season. Pilcher is a fabulous weaver of story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 10/30/2013

    " 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 Peggy | 8/14/2013

    " The ultimate and my favorite cozy-curl-up-by-the-fire in deep winter read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R. Honey | 4/17/2013

    " An absolute favorite to be re-read...preferably at Christmas time!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelei Cress | 3/27/2013

    " I'm re-reading this for the umpteenth time - it's a warm and comforting sort of book, like the hot tea its characters are always imbibing. Well-drawn characters and lots of yummy descriptions - and a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 2/15/2013

    " i read this every year around x-mas. it's like wrapping myself into a warm hug each and every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaxxos Panidis | 10/1/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 8/16/2012

    " Not my kind of book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie McCahill | 7/19/2012

    " Read over Christmas! FUN READ for the holidays! Very light and nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 4/27/2012

    " This is becoming my perennial Christmas read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merlene Timmons | 2/4/2012

    " On my TOP TEN list. "

  • 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 Keepers 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

Lynn Redgrave, a member of Britain’s greatest acting family, is internationally known for her work on stage, screen, and television. As narrator of the World of Philosophy series, she brings to life the timeless and vital themes of the world’s great philosophical traditions.