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The Carousel and Voices in Summer

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,108 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The Carousel Prue is intelligent, artistic, independent - and bored. Pressurized by her mother to make a conventional and dull marriage, she is delighted to escape London and seek retreat with her eccentric and bohemian aunt in Cornwall. A chance encounter with an attractive young artist on the sea shore leads to day after idyllic summer's day of exploring the Cornish coun ...more
Published April 26th 2001 by Sphere (first published 1982)
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Το πρωτο βιβλιο της Πιλτσερ που διαβαζω. Δεν μπορει να πει κανεις αυτο το βιβλιο συναρπαστικο, ουτε φυσικα αγωνιωδες. Βεβαια οταν κανεις πιανει στα χερια του βιβλιο της συγκεκριμενης συγγραφεως δεν θα επρεπε να περιμενει τετοιου ειδους συναισθηματα. Αντιθετως, οι παμπολες περιγραφες των τοπίων, των ηρώων κ των συναισθημάτων τους, προκαλούν μια χαλαρότητα στον αναγνώστη. Οι ήρωες είναι απλοικοι κ βιώνουν καταστάσεις ρεαλιστικές, καθημερινές με μικροανατροπές που εν τέλει τους βοηθουν να αναθεωρήσ ...more
THis Saturday's Charming story that convinced me once more why I love a Rosamunde Pilcher read...

Contemporary conflicts developed and resolved within it's 233 pages. tissues required.
believable characters who are likeable. relatable issues. well defined description of recognizable locales...

EnJoyable reading!
Man, how I love Rosamunde Pilcher's writing! This was a quick read and rather predictable but, oh, how sweet it was! Phoebe with her broken arm, always wearing a hat, lots of gold jewelry around her neck; Pru......
Pilcher is a wonderful writer: beautiful language and clear images. This is one of her older stories, and I thought for a while that it was somehow related to "The Shell Seekers." However, it turned out that it was all the "P" ...more Pilcher is a wonderful writer: beautiful language and clear images. This is one of her older stories, and I thought for a while that it was somehow related to "The Shell Seekers." However, it turned out that it was all the "P" names (Phoebe and Prue vs. Penelope), ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Απογοητεύτηκα. Έργο της Πίλτσερ είναι αυτό; Καταρχάς είναι σύντομο. Κατά δεύτερον είναι επιφανειακό, ρηχό και σχεδόν βιαστικό. Η Πρου, εν όψει γάμου με έναν επιφανή δανδή της καλής κοινωνίας, για τον οποίο έχει αμφιβολίες ως προς τι νιώθει γι' αυτόν, πάει στην Κορνουάλη σε μια εκκεντρική θεία της για να τη φροντίσει τώρα που έσπασε το χέρι της. Εκεί γνωρίζει έναν γοητευτικό καλλιτέχνη (που τον ερωτεύετεαι) και ένα αθώο, κλειστό και σιωπηλό κοριτσάκι. Το κοριτσάκι το ξαπέστειλε βιαστικά ο πατέρας ...more
What I like about Pilcher is I can pick her up any time and just read. She grabs me from the first page. I have read this at least once before, but only really remembered a small part. It was a very quick read and a great book for escape reading. They are romances but very very light on the romance part, which i like. and this one takes place in cornwall, which is a setting i enjoyed a lot.

And here I am a year and a half later having read it again.
Prue Shackleton is under pressure to get married by her mother, and finally she is dating somebody that she approves off. However Prue is asked by her Aunt Phoebe to come to Cornwall to help her out after she had a fall which resulted in her breaking her arm. So instead of going on holiday to Scotland with Nigel the respectable one, to visit his family she runs off instead to see her favourite Aunt.

On the train ride down she meets shy 10 year old Charlotte Collis who is on her way to stay with h
Marina Andreou
Για να πω την αληθεια την ειχα ακουστα την συγραφεα,δεν ετυχε να παρω καποιο βιβλιο τις αλλα ακουσα καλα σχολεια.Σημερα το βρικα σε προσφορα και το αγορασα απο 16 ευρω τωρα σχεδον 9.90.Και επειδη διαβαζω ετσι τυπου βιβλια ειπα να το ρισκαρω.Αν εκανα καλα,ετσι και ετσι απλως το ηθελα πιο ζωντανο,ειχε παρα πολλες λεπτομερειες και περιγραφες τις κορνουαλης.Οχι οτι δεν ηταν καλο,απεναντιας...αλλα με κουραζε σε καποια σημεια.αλλα παραμενι για ενα ελαφρυ απογευμα με μια λεμοναδα ενα ωραιο βιβλιο.Ειναι ...more
Στην αρχή αργό. Στη συνέχεια απολύτως προβλέψιμο. Ένα ανάγνωσμα για το καλοκαίρι, με τη γνωστή "ατμόσφαιρα" της Πίλτσερ.
Prue, una ragazza sensibile e intelligente che non ha ancora trovato una persona in cui credere davvero; Daniel, un pittore di grande talento ma irrequieto; Charlotte, una ragazzina cresciuta senza amore. I loro destini si incrociano in un cottage vicino al mare in Cornovaglia, dove vive Phoebe, la straordinaria ed eccentrica zia di Prue. Forse da questo incontro può nascere un amore, e forse questo amore può dare a tutti una nuova speranza di felicità...
Storia piuttosto banale e poco credibile.
I didn't much care for the story. It ended well, but it was too brief and unbelievable. In this rare instance, I felt that the story would have been more realistic and believable if it had not ended so happily. And the title of the book refers to a toy carousel that really had nothing to do with the story. I didn't see a purpose to the protagonist at all--she was unambitious and untalented, but somehow she had caught the eye of a vagabond artist. We readers are meant to care about these two char ...more
Every so often, I leave my chosen world of non-fiction for a breath of fresh, fictional air. Rosamunde Pilcher takes me to Cornwall - or Scotland, or other places in Great Britain - where I plunge into a plethora of old-fashioned British words that take me to the rural countryside and to towns named Porthkerris and small trains that trundle through "cuttings" and and villages almost always on bluffs sweeping down to the sea and delightful characters that capture my interest immediately. She give ...more
Prue Shackleton heads to Cornwall to spend time with her aunt Phoebe who had her arm in a cast and needed some help. Prue had loved spending time with Phoebe when Prue was growing up and said she'd come, instead of spending her vacation going to Scotland with her boyfriend Nigel. On the train, Prue meets Charlotte Collis, a 10 yr old girl who also happens to be going to Cornwall. Small town - Charlotte is the granddaughter of Mrs. Tolliver who lives quite close to Phoebe and often spends time w ...more
Kyle Moore
This book does not get the title of the worst book out there, but it is certainly up there with the rest of them. Not that this book was entirely terrible, but there were some things that annoyed me so much that I could not get over them.

For instance, the main character Prue fell for Daniel too hard, and then instantly went back to him even though he had been a total jerk to everyone. I mean, it only took Prue two days to think that Daniel had been the one for her, and there was no reason for wh
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Jina Howell-Forbes
I am a huge fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, and my eventual plan is to read every book she has ever written. That said, however, I must admit that this book was a disappointment. I almost made a new shelf for this book labeled "So what?". There was nothing wrong with the book, and to its credit it had lots of the wonderful descriptions of both scenery and climate that Rosamunde does as well or better than anyone. The trouble was, this time Rosamunde just didn't get me to particularly care about any of ...more
Set in the United Kingdom, Prue goes to visit her aunt Phoebe, who has broken her arm, so she can help, especially with driving the car. She is happy to leave London and stay with her unconventional aunt in Cornwall. Just by chance she meets a young artist on the sea shore. They spend their days together exploring the coast and countryside. A neat little story. I liked it.
Eileen Pucci
Another novella by Rosamund Pilcher. This one has some of the elements of Winter Solstice: a warm and eccentric older woman who has lived a slightly disreputable life, an unwanted child, and a welcoming, refuge that helps heal everyone's hurt and loneliness.
I like the way the author writes, but this book was kind of boring and predictable. I like that the main character was independent and didn't go along with how she was expected to behave.

I will try reading other books by this author.
Elise McCune
The Carousel was a quick (novella size) enjoyable read. Rosamunde Pilcher makes you believe her characters are people you know. I guessed what was coming with each chapter but kept reading anyway. Read it on holidays or on a rainy afternoon in winter with a cup of hot chocolate at your elbow.
This is a lovely book! Prue goes to stay with her eccentric aunt, and on the way meets a delightful ten-year-old girl. One or two coincidences early in the book, but quite acceptable in light of the wonderful characterisation and wonderful plot. Very moving in places.

On re-reading seven years after the last time, I found myself totally engrossed once more, having forgotten many of the details. The carousel of the title is only a small part of the story; the relationships are what matter. Someho
I enjoyed this book, very easy to read and a good story.Sometimes it is nice to read a book which does not require a lot of attention and is easy to pick up and put down. However, I did find it a bit predictable in parts.This would be a perfect book to take on holiday and relax with. Well worth reading!!
Jul 25, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Prue is intelligent, artistic, independent - and bored. Pressurized by her mother to make a conventional and dull marriage, she escapes London and goes to her aunt's house in Cornwall. Surrounded by the peacefulness of nature, Prue begins to de-stress and find herself again.

Walking along the beach one day, she meets a young, attractive artist. She determines not to rest until she discovers what is troubling him. I truly enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher as an author and I did enjoy this book, however, if
A simple, predictable story with some not-easily-believable characters, but still, when has she ever written poorly. One of my favorite authors.
Prue lives in London working at an art gallery, but takes a leave of absence to head down to Cornwall to stay with her aunt Phoebe who is recovering from a fall and cannot drive. On the train, Phoebe meets little Charlotte, who is travelling alone to visit her grandma. As it turns out, Charlotte knows Phoebe and Prue knows Charlotte's grandma. When Daniel (a young popular artist)comes to visit Phoebe, Prue becomes smitten. Daniel will end up playing an important part in Charlotte's life when her ...more
A good first book to read after surgery. Fluffy, but with capable plotting and characterization as well as a happy ending.
Rosamund Pilcher takes us back to Cornwall, and into the life of Prue, a young artist who is pressured by her mother to marry at 23. She went to Cornwall to visit her bohemian aunt, Phoebe, who has a broken arm by accident. On the train, she meet a little unhappy girl, Charlotte, who was being sent to Cornwall by his businessman father to live with her grandmother, who happens to be Phoebe's neighbor. In Cornwall, Prue meet Daniel, a famous artist who happens to be Phoebe's friend. Their lives i ...more
Devin Lind
Short and sweet little thing. Kind of predictible, but sometimes that's what the doctor ordered.
Penny L
Wonderful story, well written by one of my favorite authors!
Another heart warming clean love story
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Rosamunde Scott was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK, daughter of Helen and Charles Scott, a British commander. Just before her birth her father was posted in Burma, her mother remained in England. She attended St. Clare's Polwithen and Howell's School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College. She began writing when she was seven, and published h ...more
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