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The Day of the Storm

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,767 ratings  ·  89 reviews
When you read a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher you enter a special world where emotions sing from the heart. A world that lovingly captures the ties that bind us to one another-the joys and sorrows, heartbreaks and misunderstandings, and glad, perfect moments when we are in true harmony. A world filled with evocative, engrossing, and above all, enjoyable portraits of people's...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1975)
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Rosamunde Pilcher has a beautiful way of putting words together, and has a knack for drawing one in as a close observer to a different culture, climate and year.
I needed a calm non-thinking stress-less book and Rosamunde Pilcher always fills the bill.
This is the book that taught me what a nymphomaniac is; a character is suspected of being one a couple times, and when I first read this, ages ago, I had no idea what it meant so I looked it up. Thanks, Rosamunde Pilcher!

Also, I did a book report on this book in middle school. We usually had to choose book report books off an approved list, but sometimes we were allowed to do one on a book we liked, and I chose this one. I thought it was very romantical. I might have had a silly literary crush o...more
This is the story of a girl who goes to the bedside of her dying mother and discovers who her father is. Of all the Rosamunde Pilcher's I have read, I would say this is probably my least favourite.
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Olga Godim
This review was originally published at StoryCircleBookReviews:

This review is for an omnibus, including three complete novels.

The Empty House (1973) – 5 stars

A short and lovely novel. At a tad over 130 pages, it’s more of a novella than a novel and it reads in one breath. The protagonist Virginia is a 27-year-old woman, a recent widow with two young children. Timid and docile, she had always followed the currents, always been under the thumbs of others: h...more
Rhiannon Hart
Oooh, this could be a contender for favourite Rosamunde Pilcher book. The Empty House has been my favourite ever since I was 16-17, but this one had a hero just as awesome and I twist that I thought I had guessed at but hadn't.

Rebecca is 21 and her mother has died. Before she died she finally revealed details about her family and Rebecca is now going to meet them for the first time: her famous painter grandfather, her aunt and her cousin down in Cornwall at a house called Boscarva. There's also...more
Gosh, I truly do love a good Rosamunde Pilcher book. What will I do when I run out??? I try to only read them every once in a while and savor each one.

This book is filled with antiques, my love, and the south west of England. I want to visit so badly some day.

What I don't understand is why was it so acceptable in the mid 1900s and earlier to become romantically involved with 2nd cousins? It just sounds ghastly and unthinkable in these days of mobility. In this book, the main character, Rebecca,...more
I give this a 3.5 or a 4. I love Pilcher's longer books, and I also enjoy the shorter ones for quick low-stress reading. The only problem with the short ones are that the endings seem a little too rushed and it's over before you really get a sense of what's happening. I did enjoy this nice light read about Rebecca and her artist grandfather. Pilcher seems quite fond of the "non-mothering" mothers in her books, and this has some of the same. Definitely check it out if you are a fan.
Mar 23, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: a friend gave it to me
On the day of her mother's death, Rebecca discovers that she has family that she has never met living in Cornwall. She sets out to meet her grandfather and cousin. Her new family greets her very lovingly but only Joss Gardner, the outsider who seems to be the apple of her grandfather's eye, can help her understand the dark currents behind their reception of her. I liked this story and give it an A+!
I like the way Pilcher writes, its smooth "comfort" read for me. This book had an interesting story, with vivid likeable characters. The ending left me a little put off, it seemed rushed and abrupt.
My expectations are so much greater after having read Pilcher's longer novels, I am let down with her shorter novels which are undeveloped and sketchy.
I feel like I read this book long ago, but couldn't remember for sure, so I took advantage of the price and downloaded it last week. The author always paints a vibrant picture of the coast of Cornwall and describes the scenery and the locals and tourists so well. I feel like I could find my way around if I ever visited the area.

I also enjoy her characters, especially the artists that frequently play a prominent role in her stories.

An enjoyable easy to read, somewhat predictable story, but her...more
read in nov 1994 sold dupe copy 2009
Julie Barrett
It's Rosamunde Pilcher - English countryside, lovely homes in London and Ibiza, a lonely but beautiful heroine, gardens, antiques, dogs, etc. This novel is no Coming Home or September, but it serves nicely. I had been reading Frances Farmer's memoir and I needed a break from reading about her ugly, ugly world. I figured reading Pilcher would help cleanse my palate.

As for the plot of this novel, it's rather slight. A young woman - whose mother had been estranged from her parents - decides to go s...more
Up to this point I'd only read Rosamunde Pilcher's books beginning with 'The Shell Seekers' and they're among my favorites. Had I read this one before the later ones I probably would have liked it better. Familiar plot points revolving around paintings and Cornwall. The ending was obvious from page 10, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable, quick read.
Even for an airport book it was awful. I did finish it because it was what I brought for a 16 hour travel day, but it looks like Pilcher wrote a couple of good long novels (the shell seekers) that probably took some serious time and effort to produce, and a bunch of short crap to make a living otherwise.
Paula Dembeck
On the final day of her mother’s life, Rebecca learns she has a family in Cornwell—a grandfather who was a celebrated painter and a cousin Eliot son of her mother’s brother Rodger, killed in the war. Rebecca visits Cornwall to meet Eliot and his mother Mollie. While going through her grandfather’s paintings, she comes across one of Sophie, a girl who was one of her grandfather’s models. She and Rebecca’s grandfather had a relationship and a child Joss was born. Rebecca discovers the secret and t...more
Pilcher's short novels are comfort food for the reader. I am seeing that they are a bit formulaic. Young woman struggles in quaint English seaside town or country village. Young woman encounters quirky English characters. Young woman discovers family secrets. Young woman learns about herself. Young woman falls in love with cad and is rescued by good guy. The story usually comes to an abrupt and happy ending. At least I know what I am getting and completely enjoy her writing style and imagery. Wh...more
Jean M. White
Quick entertaining read.

Predictable..but Pilcher weaves a good tale. A good dose of romance, mystery and drama. Makes me want to go Cornwall.
Theresa Leone Davidson
I love all of Pilcher's novels, and this, while not as detailed as one of her longer novels (like one of my all-time favorites, Winter Solstice) it is still a wonderful story about a young woman living in London, on her own for quite a while, who discovers that she has family living in Cornwall. She proceeds to Cornwall to meet them, and as usual, the descriptions of this part of the UK are one of the best parts of the story. But the protagonist, Rebecca, is both likable and believable, and alth...more
Starts out a little slow but gets much better as you read on. Story becomes a drama/mystery by the end. Easy to read in 2 days time.
This book was published in about 1975. Rosamunde Pilcher does a good job with this one. There is a nice tone to the characters and the story line. There is some overlap with her other books: an artist is one of the characters, Porthkerris/Cornwall, Castle Hotel, among others. the interesting thing about this book is that the readers' mind needs to fill in quite a bit of the story. After reading it, I didn't feel like I had to do too much work or that there were parts of the story missing. It was...more
Una historia bonita, romántica, aunque al final me ha sabido a poco, es como si me hubiera faltado hitoria.
Quite enjoyed this book. Found it connected all to well at the end a bit though.
Carrington Stuart
Lovely story...thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend.
Another delightful read by this author.
A man Rebecca meets in cornwal while searching for her grandfather and cousin who she had never known helps her understand family secrets
Three books included in this collection: The Day of the Storm, Another View, and Sleeping Tiger. The first two feature artists in Cornwall, the other takes a slightly more exotic trip to San Antonio.

Enjoyable light reading - all novels are short, light romances, with very well-drawn and sympathetic characters. Recommended.

First read towards the end of 1996; I had almost totally forgotten the contents of all three books by the time I re-read it in the past few days.
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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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