Flowers in the Rain

Flowers in the Rain is a short story and the name of the book of 16 short stories by British author, Rosamunde Pilcher. This short review is for the short story, Flowers in the Rain.

Dark and sad, Lavinia Hunter briefly returns to Lachlan for a quick visit to see an old friend who is sick. Her emotions are reminiscent of days gone by and not unrequited love, but unexplored love, what might have been, what could have been had circumstances been different. This story and some of the other short stories in this book seem to be moments pulled out of larger stories. There was no real ending or maybe I just wanted more. Maybe that’s the point: the point of open ended possibilities. Short stories might work for those who don’t have the time to read through a long book. I’m a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, and more Pilcher is better for me. It’s missing Pilcher’s descriptions of the sea and far off lands, since there is no room for them. Normally, I wouldn’t go out of my way for short story books, but this is one of the few Pilcher books that came to my collection when my mother died. Had this not happened, I might never have discovered this author.

I have not read every short story in this book, but knowing Pilcher’s style, they are women’s fiction of romance, nostalgia and emotion. If this moves you, find your quiet place and start reading or listening.

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