Winter Solstice

Author(s): Rosamunde Pilcher

Adult Fiction

Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.

Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace.


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Her captivating bestseller of loss and the healing power of love now re-issued with a stunning new jacket look.

'As always, Pilcher is a sensible fairy godmother, bestowing happy endings upon the worthy and heartsick... [she has a] ... remarkably evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail.' -- Kirkus Review 'enchanting ... bound to delight her many thousands of fans.' -- Daily Express 20010901 'Pilcher's strength is knowing what she can do well and writing about what she knows. She has a way of tapping into the emotional life of her readers and making them care about characters not unlike themselves.' -- Daily Telegraph 20010901 'An entrancing tale of middle-aged love, broken hearts and teenage angst' -- Daily Express 20010901 'Rosamunde Pilcher's warm spell is charming and utterly convincing' -- Daily Mail 20010901 'Unashamed hymns to the virtues of domesticity, continuity and human warmth. And (they are) thundering good reads' -- Lady 20010901 'Another dose of the kind of heartwarming, gentle fiction for which she is known and loved ... like a big mug of cocoa in front of a blazing fire on a winter night' -- Press & Journal, Aberdeen 20010901 'A gentle tale of everyday happenings to a set of well-drawn and believable characters' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph 20010901 'A beautiful, haunting story... that will tug at your heartstrings' -- Prima 20010901 'Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle' -- Woman's Realm 20010901

Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and a short story writer, who was awarded an O.B.E. for services to literature in 2002, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dundee University in 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9780340752487
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : 0.45
  • : July 2005
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 46mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rosamunde Pilcher
  • : Paperback
  • : New cover
  • : 823.914
  • : 720
  • : Illustrations