Against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this involving story tells of an extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term, coming home...
In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore. At Saint Ursula's, her friendship with Loveday Carey-Lewis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap world of the British aristocracy, teaching her about values, friendship, and wealth. But it will be the drama of war, as it wrenches Judith from those she cares about most, that will teach her about courage...and about love.
Teeming with marvelous, memorable characters in a novel that is a true masterpiece, Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher is a book to be savored, reread, and cherished forever.
Massive in size and vast in scope, Pilcher's latest entertainment seems destined to equal the extraordinary success of her previous novels as it follows young Judith Dunbar through the tumultuous years before and during WWII. At 14, Judith is sent to boarding school in Cornwall when her mother and sister leave England to rejoin her father in Ceylon and then Singapore. Facing bleak holidays with her widowed, golf-obsessed Aunt Louise, the girl is overjoyed and a bit overwhelmed when she's often invited by classmate Loveday Carey-Lewis and her glamorous and wealthy family to spend time at their estate. When Aunt Louise dies in an auto accident, Judith finds herself an unexpected heiress with the funds necessary to move easily through the world of the Carey-Lewises and their friends, such as young physician Jeremy Wells. As Europe moves toward war, Judith embarks on a disastrous affair with Loveday's rakish brother, while Loveday falls for Gus Callendar, a Cambridge-educated engineer who longs to be an artist. War finds Judith enlisting in the Wrens and dealing with both an unfinished romance with Jeremy and tragic news about the fate of her family in Singapore; meanwhile, Loveday works her family farms and makes a rash decision about her future with Gus. War's end will bring unexpected tensions as well as a suitably romantic fate for both women. This is classy, lavish entertainment from a writer whose unpretentious prose always flows smoothly, never offends and offers literate pleasure. 850,000 first printing; $800,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Readers Digest Condensed Book Club selection.
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I savored every page!
Satisfying to the last page
Coming Home is classic Rosamunde Pilcher. All of her books have intriguing characters involved in strong plots who visit interesting locations all over England, and, in this case, overseas. You will be caught up in the story of the life of this main character, and you will love every minute of it. Pilcher writes using beautiful, lyrical words; there is no other author like her. This book is relatively long, but the story is very satisfying down to the last page, even as conflict occurs and everyone's life does not clean up perfectly. Every Pilcher book is highly recommended.
A Comforting Read on a Rainy Day
I love Pilcher books and this one is certainly a great read. In typical Pilcher style you become well acquainted with the characters and grow fond of them. And I couldn't help but thoroughly enjoy all the characters, especially Judith. And the reason I picked up this book was to make use of a perfect, rainy weekend when a good Pilcher book feels like a luxury. But I felt, at times, that the book was weighted down with a bit too much detail that wasn't needed to give me the feel and sense of place nor characters. This is why I give it 4 stars instead of 3. While many think this is her best book, The Shell Seekers will always be y first love.