Hi reading friends– Don’t you think some books are rather like comfort food– that’s how I feel about Rosamunde Pilcher’s series of books. I’ve read them all, but now and then I just need cozy undemanding book and I pull one of her’s off the shelf. They’re set in Cornwall or Scotland or London– and usually center on a family, including a beloved older grandma type. I’ve always loved her characters. They just feel like old friends. So for some light summer reading here’s my favorites:
The She Seekers is Pilcher’s most well known book– Penelope Keeling, in her later years, is remembering her bohemian childhood with her artist father near the Cornish coast, her service in WWII in the British military, her love of a lifetime during those war years. And in the present there are her three children, grasping Nancy, sophisticated Olivia and devious Noel all with their own ideas about the disposition of Penelope’s dearest treasure — the valuable painting “The Shell Seekers,” given to her by her father years ago. There are so many likable characters, tender moments and a few surprises along the way. It really is one of the few books I would read and reread.
Love this story of good intentions gone awry. It reads like one of those tender hearted 1940’s movies. After Flora Waring unexpectedly discovers she has a long lost twin sister Rose, she agrees to take Roses place just for a weekend with her finance’s family in Scotland. But she falls into a fondness for the Armstrong family she is deceiving and finds some unexpected attachments. It involves loch side walks, colorful characters and highland dancing. Flora and the family will stir your heart…
Flower in the Rain is a collection of short stories Pilcher wrote for magazines over the years. It’s a good one to tuck in a suitcase for reading on a trip– there’s a couple who reconnect after years apart, a boy who builds a doll house for his sister when their father cannot, Cousin Dorothy-who learns to love a difficult person… People you’d like to know and places you’d enjoy spending time. Just a gentle companionable, satisfying summer book. I think you might like it too.