One of the most powerful, memorable books Pilcher has ever written. You watch young Judith grow up from an awkward girl to a determined, strong woman. You see her truly come into her own, all through the back-drop of WWII, and all while her entire family is missing for years at a time. You appreciate the struggles Judith goes through to maintain a semblance of normalcy in life and you appreciate more the human kindness shown to her by the Carey-Lewises, whom you grown to love almost as much as she does. Warning: You will probably experience some separation anxiety when this book ends. I know I did.
As with The Shell Seekers, I could not put this book down. Rosamunde Pilcher is one of my most favorite authors and her books are so beautifully written, you just get lost in the story. If you are going to start with any of her books, this one I highly recommend!
This was my first Pilcher book and I didn't know what to expect. From the first moment, I could not put it down! Pilcher has an incredible writing style that pulls you in and creates multi-layered characters. A wonderful author and a great read! You won't be disappointed!
Set in the days preceeding, during, and after World War II in Cornwall, London, and other other spots, the reader is introduced to Judith Dunbar at age 14. She is left at a girls' school in England while her mother and younger sister Jess go to join Judith's father in Singapore. The separation stretches on for years, and Judith grows through her teen years with the help of new-found friends, the affluent Carey-Lewises, but mostly survives due to her own indomitable spirit.
This is about a young girl named Judith Dunbar and the people around her. It's a sweet story about life at the very beginning of WWII (Right before it started). I liked the characters and the general story idea, but I had trouble really getting into it. I'm not really a big fan of historical fiction. You might enjoy reading about Judith's life as she's separated from her family and must live life with a wide range of different characters.
I have read everything that I could ever get my hands on by Ms. Pilcher, and this book is my favorite. I love her locations. I love that her characters are so REAL. They reflect all of the highs and lows that life brings to bear. I especially enjoy books set in England between the two World Wars, so the time frame was perfect to me. This is one that I re-read every couple of years, and it is always like a reunion with a wonderful, dear friend.
I wanted so badly to love this book. I adore historical novels, and novels set in England, and have enjoyed a couple of Ms. Pilcher's books I have read. But I just couldn't get into it. I would read a few pages and put it down, go for a walk at lunch instead of reading, surf the Net at home instead of reading, etc. It just moved far too slow for me, just dragged along. Plus I thought most of the characters were unbearably self-absorbed, shallow, and silly. I usually read 2-3 books a week, and after a week adn a half I was still only about 90 pages into this one, so I just gave up.
This is about a young girl named Judith Dunbar, and her friends, at the beginning of World War II (Before it officially starts). It's a sweet book, but I'm having a hard time getting into it. It's VERY descriptive of the surroundings, people, etc. If you like books set back in history you might enjoy it.
I loved this book and I love Rosamunde Pilcher. Always a good story with beautiful writing. Even though I know what will likely happen next, she paints such a lovely world (even though this novel takes place during WW 2) that it doesn't matter and I look forward to the time I can sit down and read. It makes me want to get on the next plane to Cornwall.
25 cassettes long, but so worth it. This was a beautifully written story that never got bogged down for such a long story. Loved it! Donada Peters reads this audio book so well. She is my favorite audio book voice.
Set in England (actually some of it takes place in South Africa) from a little while before World War II until just after it. The main character is a girl in an English boarding school while her parents live in Singapore.
Quite a book! It brings in so many people and conditions and situations and global and national and social changes - and yet it manages to be very readable - and even take time for descriptions of places, the weather and what people were wearing.
This 977 page novel, set just prior to WW II, covering a number of nations, will bring one womans life from lonely childhood into the couragous depths of the war, unraveling her story...both good and bad
From back: An intensely personal story with marvelous, memorable characters. A story to be sav ored an old-fashioned tale hardly anyone knows how to tell anymore. In telling the story of Judity Dunbar and her loved ones, Rosamunde Pitcher describes each family member with warm wisdom and clear-eyed insight. Coming Home is a totally involving story of a yourng woman's couning of age, coming to terms with both love and sadness, and, in every sense of the words, 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.Judith's friendship with Loveday Carey-Lewis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap world of the British aristocracy, teaching her about values, friendship, and wealth.
Against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before WWII and a vast continent spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this imvolving story tells of an extra-ordinary 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 babysister go off to join her father in Singapore. At Saint Ursula's, her friendship with Loveday Carey-Lweis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap world of the aristocracy, teaching her about values, friendship and wealth.
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 a 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.