Winter Solstice

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December 2018 – Book of the Month

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher


This book has a Reading Room Rating of 4 stars!

Winter Solstice

It has been many years since I read a Rosamunde Pilcher book. I have memories of reading and liking The Shell Seekers, but remember no details about the storyline or this author’s style. Therefore I was looking forward to my delve into Ms Pilcher’s work - Winter Solstice. I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a fast action thriller this would not be for you. However, for a slower paced winter holiday this is a warming tale, filled with positive feelings, descriptive prose and the slightly predictable happy ending. The setting for the latter half of the story, Creagan, a small coastal town in Scotland was particularly interesting with the community spirit and the real feeling of festive cheer. 4 out of 5 from me and I will not leave it so long before reading another of the author’s novels.
Jackie, Reading Room Member

I was actually reading this almost matching the days in the book! I thought this started really well and I was enjoying the way the plot was building with the three main characters being described in very different situations. It was intriguing to discover how their stories would intertwine. It was when this did happen that the story took a bit of a downturn for me. The plot was rather contrived and much too predictable. Also, Oscar was devastated by the loss of his family so badly that he would not fight his stepchildren when they evicted him from his home, yet he asked Elfrida, a woman with whom he was only relatively recently acquainted, to move with him from the south of England to the north of Scotland and no one batted an eyelid. Lucy's family are the most uncaring people... whilst Lucy herself was more like a jolly teenager from an Enid Blyton novel than a modern day sulky young lady. I could go on but for all that I really enjoyed it - a light, easygoing, escapist Christmas holiday read.
Martin, Reading Room Member