In Winter Solstice Rosamunde Pilcher brings her readers into the lives of five very different people....
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 Austria 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.
The winter solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. At the pole, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the winter solstice. Its opposite is the summer solstice. Also the Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn depending on the hemispheres winter solstice the sun goes 90 degrees below the horizon at solar midnight to the nadir. The winter solstice occurs during the hemisphere's winter. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the December solstice (usually December 21 or 22) and in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the June solstice (usually June 20 or 21). Although the winter solstice itself lasts only a moment, the term sometimes refers to the day on which it occurs. Other names are the "extreme of winter" (Dongzhi), or the "shortest day". Since the 18th century, the term "midwinter" has sometimes been used synonymously with the winter solstice, although it carries other meanings as well. Traditionally, in many temperate regions, the winter solstice is seen as the middle of winter, but today in some countries and calendars, it is seen as the beginning of winter. Since prehistory, the winter solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. It marked the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days...
The story line of the book is quite predictable. The dialogues are artificial, and constantly repeat themselves. The characters are quite fake in nature. Elfrida is a woman with a questionable reputation who "attacked" a newly widowed man in order to settle down. Oscar is a quite weak man , and it's very disappointing he proposed to marry another woman only after two months his wife passed away. Lucy is a difficult teenager who needs a good upbringing and parents must pay attention to her needs and not allow her to do whatever she wants. Carry is another woman with questionable reputation who tried to ruin a family of married man. Sam is so nice and sweet. He is a "true angel". There is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with him. Sooooo boring! I really regret I spent my money and time on this book! 15
Great reading only 3 months until I go on holiday. 55
I have been a Rosamunde Pilcher fan for years......this book did not disappoint. Beautifully written, great characters....I must visit Scotland one day :) 45
The kind of story you don't want to end. Well developed characters, ordinary & relatable. No gimmicks-I found myself lost. I had a bit of a problem with a term used in the final pages but I am a big girl, who now allows for understanding where others are coming from. 55
A very engaging story that made me feel at one with each of the characters. I was so pleasantly surprised to discover this style of writing. Descriptive, warm, it made me happy to comeback to each night. Great characters and insight with a feeling of properness. 55
I enjoyed this story from the first page. i like the way the characters are woven together and how the story unfolds with each new introduction. It was a nice getaway to imagine how lovely Scotland is in the winter and it left me feeling uplifted. 55
So wonderful!! Please add more of Mrs. Pilcher's work to the English language book selections. 55
Definitely a "feel good" read without being sappy or unbelievable. Pilcher at her best! I am always drawn fully into the lives she depicts with such skillful word-strokes. 55
Disappointing to see such glaring errors, such "Financial limes" instead of "Times". I would have promptly returned my copy to the bookstore if it had contained these mistakes and would do the same with this version if I could only figure out how to do such a thing. So, this will be my only purchase from iBooks. Plus, with my other ePub books I can share the book on my other devices. The iBook version is protected. A shame in so many ways... But Pilcher is still a favorite author. 55