Thursday, December 1, 2022

Books from the Backlog - Winter Solstice

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Blurb:  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.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  This is technically a reread but it's been at least a decade since I've read it and I remember enjoying it but that's about it.  Also, this is the only one of Pilcher's later books that is under a thousand pages so it's much easier to reread than her other sagas!  I've been wanting to reread it for years and I really want to make the time for that next year.


  1. I have this book in hardcover but I don't thhink I have read it. Some of it seems familiar as you describe it. I love Pilcher.

  2. I don't think I've ever read anything by this author but I've heard great things. This one sounds good.

  3. This is a good one! I wouldn't mind rereading it myself. :D

  4. This is one I want to reread and I love that when about a decade passes the book is like new to us except... we know we loved it.

  5. This sounds so good. I love Rosamunde Pilcher, but haven't read anything from her in yearas and years. I hope you enjoy it again.

  6. I don't think that I have ever read this author. I have a few older books that I hope to re-read soon myself.

  7. It's on my Kindle so I really should read this one!
    Mary @Bookfan

  8. I love stories which have far flung characters coming together. This sounds really interesting. 📗