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4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  13,404 Ratings  ·  438 Reviews
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 granddaughter, find love for the first time, while the decision to send her little grandson away to school i ...more
Paperback, 613 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1990)
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Aug 08, 2008 chris rated it really liked it
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. :)
Sep 15, 2008 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! :)
Nov 06, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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.
Maria Roxana
Sep 25, 2016 Maria Roxana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Moartea nu înseamnă nimic. Nu contează. N-am făcut decât să mă strecor în camera cealaltă. Totul rămâne exact aşa cum a fost. Eu sunt eu şi tu eşti tu, iar viaţa de demult, trăită împreună şi pe care am iubit-o din toate puterile e neatinsă, neschimbată. Între noi doi continuă să existe ceea ce a existat întotdeauna. Spune-mi pe nume, ca şi până acum. Vorbeşte cu sinceritate despre mine, ca şi până acum. Nu-ţi schimba tonul vocii. Nu arbora un aer forţat, solemn sau trist. Încearcă să râzi, aşa ...more
Rosamunde Pilcher writes very “readable” stories. I enjoy all of her books, but some more than others. Please note that I have rated this book compared to the author’s other novels. It was good, but she has written better.

I had no idea that the Noel in this book was the same Noel from “The Shell Seekers”. To tell you the truth, I didn’t recognize him at all and was pretty surprised when it finally dawned on me of the way into the book. It presented a bit of a dilemma for me since I HATED Noel i
A huge saga that looks at the lives of two main families and their friends over a 4 month period. A large cast of characters that resulted in me having to write the names on a list.

A slow moving story - it never boring - covers a few different countries - a few dramas - and a huge secret revealed.

As per usual with a Pilcher novel every aspect of human lives - feuds, love, illness and friendship, was an easy read.
Apr 22, 2017 Marialyce rated it really liked it
What better saying to mention to an author than that of she has a way with words? Certainly this is ever so true with Ms Pilcher as she carefully and what seems effortlessly draws the reader into her characters and her setting. In this beautifully told tale, we meet wonderful characters, the Airds, the the Ishaks, The Lord and Lady Balmerino, and so many others. ...and then there is Scotland, presented to us in all its glory, a beautiful, gorgeous land so striking a picture with its traditions, ...more
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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
Katherine Coble
Sep 26, 2014 Katherine Coble rated it it was amazing
What a lovely, languid, comfortable book! I adore these books by Pilcher, where you sink into comfortable surroundings and spend time pottering about with people. Not very much too grand or dramatic happens for much of the story. You just read it as if you were vacationing in these people's steadfast, amiable lives.

When the end comes and you think back you realise that a lot did happen, that buried in the little things are great truths and changes... somewhat like life itself.

There are a few l
Sep 19, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
I gave this 5 stars not because it feeds my soul, but for the lovely journey & sated feeling I had by the end. I wanted to continue "visiting" with these people. I saw that this book was on a list of "most comforting books." I can wholeheartedly agree with that! It's like putting on warm socks & curling up in front of a fire with good friends and hot chocolate (or tea, if you like). Lush descriptions of rural Scotland and peopled with a variety of interesting characters. One moseys throu ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Claude rated it really liked it
Shelves: a, cozy, uk
It took me some time to get into the book, which is quite long. Had to keep track of a lot of characters all in different places and make sense of their relationships. Once that was acquired, it became one of those great Rosamunde Pilcher novels. With, in fact, some characters that were also in The Shellseekers.
I wish I had more Pilcher to read, besides her short stories, which I will probably never read as I am not a short story lover.
A good read all in all.
Aug 06, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok
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.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oct 28, 2007 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2017 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-scotland
“September” is a novel set in Scotland about several characters who are invited to a dance party for a young lady turning twenty-one. Katy Steynton, the honoree, plays a very minor role in the novel (in fact the reader hardly meets her until close to the end of the book). However there are several characters invited to the dance who come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and who make choices that affect not only themselves but their loved ones.

Edmund and Virginia Aird must deci
Becky Ford
First book this year to make me ugly cry...and I loved it. Pilcher knows how to write about complicated and flawed characters that you love so much. She's even better at complicated family dynamics. This book was lovely.
Jun 19, 2014 gaudeo rated it really liked it
Although these days Pilcher's work would be categorized as "women's fiction," there's no getting around the fact that she writes an excellent story. Her characters come alive in a seamless plot involving two Scottish families in the months leading up to a great party, and she creates a world that the reader inhabits without interruption. This particular book did not move me in the way The Shell Seekers did when I read it years ago (with tissue in hand at the end of the book), but it's a fine rea ...more
Jan 22, 2017 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πρώτο βιβλίο της Pilcher, που διάβασα. Το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα. Η συγγραφεάς κατορθώνει μέσα από τις αναλυτικές περιγράφες και τη σκιαγράφηση των αρκετών χαρακτήρων να κρατά ζωηρό το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη μέχρι το τέλος. Ο κάθε αναγνώστης σίγουρα θα ταυτιστεί έναν από τους πάνω από δέκα πρωταγωνιστές, καθώς αυτοί προσπαθούν να ανακαλύψουν τον ευατό τους πρώτα και στη συνέχεια να διατηρήσουν και να βελτιώσουν τις σχέσεις τους με τους άλλους. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο η συγγραφέας καταπιάνεται με αρκε ...more
Apr 01, 2008 Bee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
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.
Lydia Bailey
Jul 18, 2015 Lydia Bailey rated it it was amazing
Reading a Rosamund Pilcher novel is akin to curling up in a blissfully saggy & huge arm chair beside a roaring fire. Comfort at its best. Not my absolute favourite of hers ( Coming Home is unbeatable) but still a rollocking good read. A story of love. Family and friends.Life and death. Lives intertwined & overlapping and, of course, dogs, land rovers, heather and huge country houses.
Burgundy Rose
Sep 13, 2016 Burgundy Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very warm and cosy as per usual with Pilcher. I did find this one to have full, rich details, but the general plot didn't move me as much as The Shell Seekers. Still, one of those books I'll definitely want to come back to when I'm less wrapped up in work.
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
Aug 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
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
Dec 28, 2010 Marti rated it really liked it
(Re-read this again. Can't help it. People are a mess but . . . Scotland.)

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 repe
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
Jun 12, 2016 Μ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Την Πίλτσερ την αγαπάω και θα την αγαπάω για πάντα. Θυμάμαι, την ανακάλυψα ως έφηβη από μια στοίβα δανεικά κι αγύριστα βιβλία της μαμάς μου. Χρόνια μετά, έχοντας διαβάσει πολύ καλά και λιγότερο καλά βιβλία της, εξακολουθώ να την έχω στο μυαλό μου ως μια έξυπνη και ικανή συγγραφέα γυναικείας (όρος που λατρεύω να μισώ) λογοτεχνίας. Γράφει για τους ανθρώπους και τις ανθρώπινες σχέσεις με έναν μάλλον γλυκό και στωικό τρόπο, και από τα βιβλία της ποτέ δε λείπουν οι περιγραφές των τοπίων της βρετανική ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Joan rated it liked it
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
Laurie Buchanan
Sep 11, 2013 Laurie Buchanan rated it it was amazing
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.
Sonia Gensler
I first read this around 20 years ago (eesh!) and remembered it as one of my favorite Pilcher novels. But this time around? I wasn't so captivated. It started strong, but some of the characters were rather unbearable (Virginia, argh!), and there was an overabundance of exposition dialogue. BUT . . . there were many lovely characters and situations, too. Pilcher is one of my favorite storytellers. Maybe I'll read this again in 20 years and fall back in love? It's very possible.
Da maggio a settembre, un ballo è la scusa per raccontare la vita nelle Highlands, tra chi vive nei ricordi e chi se n'è andato, forse per sempre...

Stereotipi, stereotipi dovunque! Povera la mia amata Scozia, così maltrattata! Piattezza e prevedibilità, se almeno la pazza avesse commesso un omicidio (o ne fosse stata la vittima...) ci sarebbe stata una svolta interessante!
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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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