Saturday, January 7, 2012

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

My Rating: Four Stars

This is a charming, albeit long at nearly 600 pages, novel full of lovable odd characters, a freezing Scottish winter, and lots of friendship and love. There is tragedy and loss, but there is also rebirth and recovery. Life goes on. Circumstances change and much like in real life these characters keep going and try to find their place in things.

Others have criticized Pilcher's moral code with the drunk-driving and infidelity threads in this novel, but I think Pilcher probably feels much like I do - kind of a live and let live attitude. If you love people you don't dwell on their flaws. If I had one criticism of this novel it would be that there are far too many polo-necked sweaters in this book. But that is really neither here nor there and plays no significant part in the storyline.

This is a warm, gentle novel that you will enjoy spending time with. Kind of like a favorite relative.

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