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Summary

Rosamunde Pilcher's captivating best seller of loss and the healing power of love.

Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog, Horace, and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash, and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.

Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell, and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace.

©2000 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Marvellous

Lovely story read the book many years ago and lovely to listen to it now

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Enjoyable and sweet

In the beginning I did not like the narrators voice too much, or rather the way she impersonated the male characters. But along the way I got used to it and enjoyed the book. I like Winter Solstice and The Shell Seekers best of all Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels and I’m truly glad that this book is now available at Audible. Thank you!

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Lovely Christmas story

This is a real Christmas feel good story. Very Rosamunde Pilcher , the characters seem from another time altogether but that’s part of the charm. It’s a long tale with ups and downs but with Christmas spirit shining through and everything turning out wonderfully well by the end.

The narrator was pretty good overall except for two characters....one who had a strong American accent for some reason even though he had only lived there for a few years and the other, a teenage girl, was given a very babyish voice which I couldn’t bear to listen to and so always found something else to do when her short chapter of her diary was read out.

But overall it was very good and leaves you with a warm glow.

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Excellent

I loved everything about this recording.
I laughed out loud and cried too
Thank you

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great listen

great story, well narrated and a good length. would definitely recommend to anyone. get it!

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narration issues

I really enjoyed the story, more than I initially thought I would as the beginning is slightly slower than most of Rosamunde Pilchers stories.

The narration was mostly good however Jilly Bond alters the volume at which she speaks during chapters even where there's no reason to, which makes it very difficult to pick a suitable volume to play the story at. Please can you just pick a volume and stick at it unless the story dictates that you shout or speak quietly?

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Relaxing audiobook

Lovely story, typical of Rosamunde Pilcher. An easy, undemanding book to enjoy whilst commuting.
However, I found the high-pitched, little-old-lady, depiction of some of the characters very irritating. This spoilt the book for me, as it was unremitting.
I would strongly recommend listening to a sample of the book before purchasing it.

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Accents

Couldn't understand why Sam would speak with an American accent having been born and grown up in England and spent only a few years in the states?

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Irritating narrator

I've long been a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher and, with everything that has been going on this year, I felt that I needed a 'comfort listen' rather than anything too challenging. Unfortunately, I found the narration on this book grated and made the characters much less believable - almost like characatures. I don't think this is the best of Rosamunde's books anyway (The Shell Seekers or September are more engaging) but I certainly won't be picking any more books narrated by Jilly Bond.

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Wonderful story, excruciating narration.

Over my life I have read all of Rosamund's books several times over, as I loved them so much.. So I was very much looking forward to listening to this audio book. However, my pleasure was completely spoilt by the irritating narration by Jilly Bond. I realise that this is a perennial problem with audio books and that being the narrator of a well loved book is no easy feat, but this was one of the worst I have heard. A cavalcade of silly voices and terrible accents. Perhaps all budding narrators should listen to Penelope Wilton's narration of The Cazalets amongst others. There is a masterclass in narration. Pitch perfect in every way.