“Life is so extraordinary. Wonderful surprises are just around the most unexpected corners.”
–from Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher.
I read Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher a few years ago when I inherited it from my mom. It is an easy, relaxing read about characters that range in ages and across generations. All are seeking to find happiness. Gradually circumstances bring them together on the shortest day of the year, which is called the winter solstice. There is no mystery to solve or a ton of characters to keep straight. There are just a few characters and in Rosamunde Pilcher style, each chapter is a deeper look into the life of one specific character. The main character is Elfrida Phipps who is a retired actress and a woman of a certain age.
This book has several of Pilcher’s favorite settings, including Cornwall where she grew up, and the highlands of Scotland. Winter Solstice is the last novel that Pilcher wrote before she retired in 2000. I’ve just recently read The Shell Seekers, also written by Pilcher and I contend that The Shell Seekers is a better book than Winter Solstice if you’re going to get one book of hers. But Winter Solstice is not far behind and Pilcher’s sentimental writing will warm your heart in winter.
If this is for you, then go to your quiet place and start reading or listening.