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Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher

Cover ImageFinished 8-23-10, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2000

Elfrida is a sixty-something retired actress who moves from London with her new dog Horace to a village in northern England.  She can afford a small cottage and has enough money to get by, but not much more.  She quickly makes friends with Oscar and Gloria who make her feel comfortable at their luxurious home.  When tragedy strikes Elfrida is thrown into an unlikely role, that of caretaker.

Elfrida is one of five people thrown together in a Scottish home over the Christmas holiday.  There is also a teenage girl, her aunt, an older man who has lost his faith, and a businessman moving there for work.  Elfrida has spunk, warmth, opinions, and I felt as taken in by her as the others in the house.  These people are all forced to live together because of events out of their control and manage to make Christmas work for them.

This was a very satisfying read.  I enjoyed Elfrida immensely and the house felt so alive and warm with the stories of the characters.  Some of the happenings seemed more than a little improbable but I closed the book having spent time with people I liked.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Linda, Margot, FleurFisher, and Sandy.  Here’s what they had to say…

“Set in my part of the world.”  FleurFisher

“I love her books and wish there were more of them.”  Linda

August 26, 2010 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |


  1. I’ve wondered if I should add this book to my list, and after reading your thoughts, I think I will. Thanks, Stacy!

    Comment by Beth Hoffman | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. I think it sounds good! I’ve only read Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers and I liked it.

    Comment by Mary | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. I think I read one of her books years ago and enjoyed it. This one sounds worth reading too!

    Comment by bermudaonion | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  4. I have to admit I’m kind of a sucker for stories revolving around people stuck somewhere together.

    Comment by Trisha | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  5. Wow…. I would love to read this definitely 🙂

    Comment by Veens | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  6. What a sweet sounding book? I am adding this to mount tbr right now. Thanks Stacy 🙂

    Comment by jennygirl | August 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I just saw on Goodreads that it was originally published in 1957. Amazing that a book form that long ago is still good today. I think it speaks to her story telling ability.

      Comment by jennygirl | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  7. Nicely put. Sometimes a book isn’t remarkable but just as enjoyable all the same.

    Comment by CeeCee | August 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. wow, loved your review, I’m soooo getting this book.

    Comment by VioletCrush | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. I have a whole slew of books by Pilcher, but haven’t read one yet! One day . . .

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  10. I’m so glad you enjoyed Rosamunde Pilcher. I started reading her books when I was about your age and the characters added a lot to my life.

    Comment by Margot | September 7, 2010 | Reply

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