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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  9,182 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Rosamunde Pilcher's major bestseller, also a successful TV film, now rejacketed for a new audience As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaug...more
Paperback, 613 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published March 1st 1990)
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chris
Sep 01, 2008 chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to chris by: my dear friend Elizabeth
I enjoyed The Shell Seekers so much I jumped to read another on of her books. Pilcher's novels are full of description and character and the countryside of Scotland. At first I was not sure about her, as I was pretty sure she was on my mom's nightstand back in the day... but she's got It. Instead of a quick spicy snack, her books are a long comforting meal best eaten slowly and with a nice glass of wine. :)
Audrey
I like Rosamunde Pilcher. Her novels manage to give home-making the importance and satisfaction it deserves. I always want to tidy up my home and put out some fresh flowers after finishing one of her books. She has strong, older female characters who seem so real. This is a great read for . . . what else, September! :)
Amanda
Aug 27, 2008 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Holly
I had a really hard time getting through this book. I thought that there was too many characters that were hard to keep track of. I had a hard time keeping all of the relationships straight. It was very descriptive--to the point of being to descriptive. I started skipping over a lot of the description. I really enjoyed the last 100 pages, but for the 600 before that I thought numerous times about quitting.
Heidi
I finished this book last week again for maybe the 10th time. Everytime I read it, I love it more and more. It's a book that pulls you into the beautiful world of Scotland and weaves you through the lives of well-rounded, fascinating characters.
Judith
Between love and passion, feuding families, mother and son, and all other possible relationships involved in a small village ~~ Pilcher covers the range of human lives. This book is so wonderfully refreshing compared to a lot of novels today. It's a sequel of a sorts to "The Shell Seekers," but the characters are different people than the ones that occupy "The Shell Seekers." Only Noel is presented in this book and it's such a nice change to see him growing up into a real man throughout this boo...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Rosamunde Pilcher is one of those authors I return to, again and again. September is one of my favorites. Set in Scotland, it follows the lives of two families, the Airds and the Balmerinos. Pilcher's characters are likeable. For the most part, her women are strong: here it's Isobel and Violet. Pilcher characters grow with you, there is a depth to them that is often found lacking in popular novels.

As the summer wanes, the countryside prepares for a ball. The prodigal daughter returns home. A yo...more
Nicole
This is what I wrote on my blog in this September 3rd, 2013 post:

"Sadly, the one book I'm reading for pleasure, Rosamunde Pilcher's, September, has stalled. I am over halfway through the book and the only plot I can discern is simply that there is going to be a party in September and people who haven't seen each other for a long time are going to be there. The only conflict there appears to be (and everyone who reads fiction should be aware of the five elements of fiction) is that someone who le...more
Marti
Just re-read this recently and was a bit startled to find that my impressions have changed so much. Yes, it's still a big thick cozy book to curl up with in pure escapism, fantasizing about Scotland. But the characters are almost relentlessly selfish and shallow, something I guess I didn't notice when I first read this ten-or-so years ago. The older generation stands around watching silently as the younger generations repeat all their same stupid mistakes, and their complicity and silence is reg...more
Joan
I do like Rosamunde Pilcher as an author, but this is one of her novels that I had a hard time getting into, and after I finally did I was rather detached from the "so" many characters and a story line that just didn't suck me in. I think I am in the minority on this opinion though when I compare other's critiques to mine. The story is set in the Scottish Highlands and the descriptions of the country are beautiful, but even though the families are loving and close, I tired of reading about the c...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Προσοχή, περιέχει SPOILERS.

Η γυναίκα απλώς ΓΡΑΦΕΙ, ΚΕΝΤΑΕΙ, όπως θέλετε πείτε το. Είναι απίστευτο το πώς το βιβλίο της Πίλτσερ δεν καταντά άρλεκιν παρόλο που έχει ερωτικές αντιζηλίες κι ερωτικές σκηνές, ούτε Λένα Μαντά παρόλο που είναι γεμάτο γυναίκες. Είναι μοναδική, για μένα από τις καλύτερες γυναικείες γραφές που έχω διαβάσει. Παλιά είχα διαβάσει το Ψάχνοντας για κοχύλια και μου είχε μείνει μια θετικότατη εικόνα. Μακάρι να το ξαναβρώ και να το διαβάσω πάλι. Ως προς το Σεπτέμβρη παρακολουθούμε...more
Bee
Rosamunde Pilcher has been a favorite of mine for years. I always get completely and totally wrapped up in her novels. (with the exception of maybe one or two of her oldest ones) 'September' is my favorite of hers. Every character was one that I felt I 'knew' by the end of the book and I've enjoyed it the handful of times I've re-read it over the years. She's a comfort writer for me -- I read her books when I want to get fully wrapped up in something that makes me feel good throughout.
Kathy
While not a sequel to The Shell Seekers, Noel Keeling, a major character in TSS, is a minor Character in September. It's fun to see how he's turned out. His mother is mentioned in one small section also.
September is a marvelous book. Despite its length I stayed glued to the pages and managed to finish it in just a few days.
It's based around several families from a small town in Scotland and the hook that holds the story together is a formal dance in honor of their daughter, given by one of the f...more
Laurie Buchanan
Rosamund Pilcher paints such vivid word pictures in "September" you can smell peat smoke from the the village chimneys. Made to feel like part of the family, the reader is pulled right in to a long overdue reunion where inevitably people’s flaws are revealed. Like a hearty Scottish meal, this book satisfies, making you glad you lingered at the table, then stayed for a night cap—in this case, whiskey and soda.
Joyce
I really enjoy the way this author writes the detail of lives and makes me not want to finish the story. I was delighted to see that one of the characters from The Shell Seekers is in this story too. If you love the curious story of how our lives all connect and human relationships from a thoughtful and not gossipy, egoic point of view you will love her books.
Pbwritr
I thought I'd read it before, but if I had, I didn't remember a thing so I don't think I had. The book is all about several friends and families coming together in September for a 21st-birthday celebration in Scotland. It's very rich with characters, description, feelings, etc.
Judy
I was really disappointed with this book. It struck me as a very cliche in regards to plot, characters, everything. There wasn't anything that surprised me, very predictable. I do like her easy style of writing, but there wasn't anything spectacular about it either.
Heather Gilbert
It's been awhile since I've read this, but Pilcher is an expert on giving those little details that make you feel you "know" her main characters.
Teri
This is my other favorite Rosamunde Pilcher book. If I could only take 10 books with me to a deserted island, this would be in my book bag:)
Amber


Her books are like visiting an old friend with an enviable life. I love them and will make no excuses for doing so!
Jennifer
A follow-up to The Shell Seekers, a few familiar characters emerge right away. The story line is completely new, however; it is a very clever way of bringing us back again, into our "old friends'" ongoing lives. I like the idea, I love the story, it is everything a Pilcher novel is known for: grace, strength, beauty, comfort, and atmosphere. Relationships with all their complications and significance, the way that lives entwine and pull apart and come back together, are still the main theme. Fin...more
Bonnie
September in Scotland is a festive season for hunting, home-comings and parties. Published three years after The Shell Seekers, Noel Keeling returns to anchor the plot. But, the story branches out into the lives of Violet Aird and her family and friends. Lord Balmerino "rules" over the inhabitants of the rural village, but faces poverty and has to take in American tourists to make ends meet. The story opens with Violet working on planning a great big party for Katy Steyton, Verena's daughter, wh...more
Monia Iori
“Settembre” di Rosamunde Pilcher, recensione di Monia Iori

Rosamunde Pilcher è una delle autrici più conosciute al mondo. Da molti anni, ormai, rincorrevo i suoi libri senza, però, mai decidermi seriamente ad afferrarli. Almeno fino ad ora. Eccomi qui, quindi, reduce dalla lettura di uno dei numerosi romanzi che riempiono la bibliografia di questa scrittrice.
"Settembre" è un romanzo che oserei definire corale. Sì, perché la storia narrata dalla Pilcher comprende tanti microcosmi e il lettore vien...more
Anastasia Pankratova
Well, I can't say I loved this book. Unfortunately, it was rather... boring. I decided to read it after I'd finished reading The Shell Seekers by the same author. So now I realize I should have stopped right there. Cause the books are really alike. One character is even transferred from one book to the other. And The Shell Seekers is a way better, quite possible because I read it first.
The thing I didn't like the most about September is the way Pilcher tends to describe every small detail of th...more
Lorrie
I realize this is the sequel to my most favorite book, The Shell Seekers, so I really stayed with the book hoping to love it. The first half was just all over the place. I became sad when the author referred to the man who owned the neighborhood antiques shop as a "darling queer" or something similar, I need to look the quote up to say it properly. At any rate, the quote was disappointing although I realize that Miss Pilcher is from a different generation than the present. I still love Rosamunde...more
Carol R Reiss
SEPTEMBER by Rosamunde Pilcher

To quote Lady Mary Crawley, while referring to the tribal dances of Scotland. “I know them all, but Hamilton House is my favourite”. With regard to this tome I will say, “I have read them all, well most of them at least, and SEPTEMBER is my least favourite. . .”

Nearly 1000 pages in the large print version, and 800 pages too long at that. BTW even though I do not wear glasses, since Pilcher is rather easy reading, it moves faster in large print.

OK now back to the bo...more
Mathew
Yet another classic. A short review won't do justice to the rich story of September, set -- like many of her stories -- among the rolling hills and moors of Scotland.

Along with the ensemble cast of complex, diverse and fallible characters we Pilcher fans have come to expect, there is one rather unexpected character: Noel Keeling, the very same disagreeable son of Penelope Keeling we knew and -- well, knew in Pilcher's best-seller The Shell Seekers. I shan't spoil the story, but let's just say th...more
Tamara
I wanted to give this book 5 stars, I really, really did. I gave it 4 because I loved the first half of the book but not sure what happened in the second half. It is almost as if I read a really, really good book at the beginning but a not so interesting book at the end. The things I loved about this book were some of the true to life characters, the places were the story took place, but mostly because it was about people just being people. What I did not enjoy is the turn that the story made to...more
Julie
This was my first time reading this author and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Her writing is lively and descriptive and I particularly enjoyed the obvious love she has for Scotland -- the scenery, the simple life and daily routines, the weather, the people. She has a way of bringing the reader right into the room with the characters. The story was interesting and, though not riveting in a gripping, suspenseful sort of way, still kept me wanting to know what happened in the lives of this group...more
Mojca
I received this book as a gift from a friend. She liked it and though I would, too. And I did. I really did. I have a few RP at home, but never bothered reading them, because I remember the corny TV movies based on her books. Let me tell you, this wasn't like those corny TV movies. Well, it was corny, but in a good way.

It was a bit unsettling finding myself forgetting about the story (most of the times) and concentrating instead on the settings. I found myself swept from an ancestral home in Lon...more
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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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