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.
Big Delicious Saga
I’m s huge fan of Rosamunde Pilcher and historical fiction and this book did not disappoint! The worst part was that it ended, so deeply engrossed I was in the complex characters and locations. As Americans we don’t realize how hard WW2 was on civilians who lived among the fighting; Mrs. Pilcher takes the reader into the thick of it whether it be war-torn England or the relative peace of Sri Lanka. I’ll read this book over and over again, just as I have with The Shell Seekers. Beautiful story and perfectly written; abig, juicy saga to dig into and lose oneself.
This is my favorite book of all time, and one of very few I've read twice. Once you read one of Rosemund Pilcher's books, you'll want to read them all. She puts you right into the setting, along with the characters. You'll live what they live and feel as they feel. I've wanted to visit Cornwall since I read this book the first time! Maybe I'll get there some day.
I savored every page!