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!
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.
This is Rosamunde Pilcher's most interesting books with characters and relationships that are totally involving. A great English writer.
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.
This is my all time favorite! Great story of a young girl growing up in England from pre-WWII England to post-WWII.
5 Stars!! I love Rosamunde Pilcher
A wonderful story for the fan of historical fiction.
This book is written by the author of The Shell Seekers and September. Excellent reads!
Well written, interesting and a pleasure to read. This is one of several of her books that I've read and enjoyed them all.
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.
I'm keeping my copy to reread someday.
Not sure why I got this book, but have read that R. Pilcher was a popular romance writer. This book is, in my opinion, more a regular novel about a family. While there are various romances of various characters, they are not the entire focus of the book. The older daughter is left in England to finish her education at a private girls' school while her mother and sister go East to live with her father. The main character is unofficially 'adopted' by the family of one of her classmates. Timeframe is from late 1930's until just after WWII. Although long, I enjoyed the story, and it ended well.