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Publisher's Summary

In Winter Solstice, best-selling author Rosamunde Pilcher brings listeners into the lives of five very different people.... 

Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life - shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name - still she finds herself lonely. 

Oscar Blundell gave up his life as a musician in order to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views his sacrificed career as worthwhile. 

Carrie returns from Australia at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and aunt sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her aunt's awkward and quiet teenage daughter, Lucy, so that her mother might enjoy a romantic fling in America. 

Sam Howard is trying to pull his life back together after his wife has left him for another. He is without home and without roots; all he has is his job. Business takes him to northern Scotland, where he falls in love with the lush, craggy landscape and set his sights on a house. 

It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring these five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed. 

Rosamunde Pilcher's long-awaited return will warm the hearts of listeners both old and new. Winter Solstice is an audiobook about love, loyalty, and rebirth.

©2000 Rosamunde Pilcher (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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The reader left me cold

I do not like to be negative but the reader really bothered me to the point I almost skipped to the end. Her feeble high pitched voice reminded me of an 88 year not a sixty something. The screeching and straining was unpleasant to my ears.

I enjoyed the story and decided to revisit Scotland but probably not in winter.

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Lovely Winter Story

I had read this years ago and thought what a wonderful story, drawing all these different characters and their respective storylines together, so when I saw an unabridged recording I was excited. Another review said they didn’t click with the narrator, so I was a little leery, but I think it was fine. (I do wish the Vanessa Redgrave abridged recording would have just gone ahead with the whole book, I’m sure she did a superb job but I can’t stand abridged works:/). The narrator does do an older/creakier woman’s voice for the main character but she is supposed to be 63 or so 🤷‍♀️. She does a better job with men’s deeper voices than many female narrator, too, and her child (well, teenage girl) voice was MUCH easier on the ear than many narrators. This was an awesome listen for my commute in chilly weather, very British, very cozy. Rosamunde pilcher is wonderful, and I would listen to audiobooks by this narrator again.

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Great story - hate the narrator

I first read this book 20 or more years ago and loved it. It is a hopeful story. At some point I purchased the book on cassettes. The narrator was terrific - those tapes are long gone and I was so excited to purchase the unabridged (although I do think it has some minimal abridgement) audiobook. Unfortunately, the narrator is not as good as the previous person and it did lessen my enjoyment.

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Disappointed

I loved the Shell Seekers and the narrator Hayley Atwell took you right into the time and place of the story. I was looking for another such delight. But the narrator of Winter Solstice, Jilly Bond makes you wish you were elsewhere. I didn't get too far with the story simply because I couldn't listen to it any longer.

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Love this book!

I love the book.
The characters become so real, you want to call them up for a "boozy lunch". The writer takes you places that should have a 1-800 number for those of us who want to join in. So, if you like a book that is better than a bubble bath, get this one.

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I loved it!<br />

The narrator is excellent. the story is great all the way through. cant wait to read snother

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A Delight

It felt as though I had sat down to tea with an old friend. The story speaks for itself and narration was spot on.

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So picturesque

Love listening to these stories by Rosamunde Pilcher! It has always made me long to take a trip across the pond!

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rosamunde rarely dissapoints

so enjoyable. not sappy. kept me interested from the start. narration excellent. satisfying end. there.

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Rosamunde Pilcher At Her Best

What a delight that Rosamunde Pilcher's books have been put, once again, to audio.

I'm certainly biased, as Coming Home remains after all these years, my favorite book of all time.

Winter Solstice is still a top contender too....a poignant tale of people broken; virtual orphans for various reasons, who find joy and healing with each other, and a delightful hodge podge of people in a small Scottish highlands community at Christmas time.

Don't miss this charming story.

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