©2005 Rosamunde Pilcher; (P) BBC Audiobooks LTD
"A beautifully detailed family saga that shifts effortlessly back and forth in time.¿" (Publishers Weekley)
"Pilcher's characters are well-drawn, real, and engrossing people. A thoroughly charming book...." (Library Journal)
"A beautifully detailed family saga that shifts effortlessly back and forth in time.…" Indeed!!!
A wonderful story. Nice occasions and sad ones as well. It made me laugh and it made me cry. A good description of all characters.
Superbly written and beautifully narrated. Brilliant story.
Ms Pilcher portrays the human character and its many nuances in such loving detail - she's a superlative storyteller with a profound understanding of how people tick.
Usually I'm not fond of a writing style that jumps from person to person and/or different times/eras, but this book is a perfect illustration of how this can be done without detracting from the story.
This is a gentle tale, enormously readable, positive and heart-warming. It ranks in my top 5 books and I'd give it 10 stars if that was possible!
Very good read
I loved the tranquility and the absence of drama.
Hannah Gordon was truly amazing. She kept the mood of the story throughout. Excellent performance.
Nice story. Long. Just loved it.
I downloaded this because I enjoyed Winter Solstice by the same author. This book however was written much earlier in her career and was originally a series in a woman's magazine (Not always a bad thing, apparently DUNE was originally published in serial form). Hence there is a lack of the whole thing hanging together well, also there is too much stereotypic female thinking, which put this male reader off. The open acceptance of immorality with a failure for people to accept the consequences of their own choices and the effect that has on others is disturbing. This was also present a little in Winter's Solstice but the rest was so good it didn't detract. For men interested in learning the type of books and way of thinking that many women of middle age love, it is instructive. But even for that purpose I couldn't stick with it. The Narrator was good.
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