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Publisher's 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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  • Penelope
  • 02-20-18

Marvellous

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

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  • Marjo
  • 01-25-18

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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  • Letty
  • 11-11-18

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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  • Catherine kelly
  • 10-15-18

I loved this book - and the recording

I absolutely loved this story, I loved the characters (even though morally speaking, some of their actions were pretty suspect)
I loved the depiction of Scotland and I loved the reading of it.
I didn't want the recording to end. I even considered re-starting the book the moment it finished. I will listen to this again.
Jilly Bond read it beautifully and she has a lovely way of infusing warmth into her reading.
It's a lovely, light read with loads of story - bit light on characterisation but utterly charming

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  • Renka
  • 10-11-18

Excruciating Scottish accents

It's a lovely story which I enjoyed reading many years ago but spoilt by the narrator whose Scottish accents are awful - we do NOT say 'berd' 'nerse ' 'cherch' and other dreadful pronunciations which grate on the ear

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  • A. Richards
  • 10-02-18

nice

about friends and family.
slow to begin with but it gets better further into the book.
based in Scotland.

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  • Max - Surrey
  • 07-26-18

A very gentle, loving story

Absolute bliss . Ideal to read on a cold night, the warmth of the story will melt your heart and lead you into a gentle slumber.

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  • purple ann
  • 05-15-18

loved every minute listened to it 3 times already

loveed it listened 3 times so far well read great story thank you so much

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  • Penny
  • 04-09-18

A terrific tale ‘ A Winter Solstice’ By Rosamunde Pilcher

I really enjoyed this story. It was well paced, very descriptive with interesting and likeable characters. I am going to order another Rosamunde Pilcher straight away as I am sad that I have finished listening to this one. I also really like Jill Bond’s interpretation and narration. Well Done !

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  • Jo
  • 03-19-18

Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Winter Solstice to be better than the print version?

I've not read the paper version

Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have listened to Jilly Bond

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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  • Jacqueline M Smart
  • 06-26-18

Sheer magic

Jolly Bond has brought another dimension to this much loved story. What a joy it was to listen to her.