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The End Of The Summer

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,743 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
After years in the United States, Jane returns to the tranquil Scottish estate, Elvie, where she'd spent a magical childhood. Memories of Elvie have always summoned the image of Sinclair, the rakish man she had once dreamed of marrying, but now that she is home, she finds Sinclair a different man. His charm has a purpose, and Jane can no longer trust him or herself.
Published March 1st 1990 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 1971)
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Aug 09, 2010 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pilcher is the kind of author whose words filter up off the page, circle around your brain caressing it, and then trickle down to your neck and shoulders, massaging every bit of stress and tension away. Lovely escape.
Kathy Salmond
Oct 18, 2015 Kathy Salmond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost abandoned it after reading two chapters, being Scottish I got annoyed at the descriptions regarding kilt wearing and frumpy warm sweaters ! Which seem to suggest that everyone innScotland dresses like this ! Decided to finish it as its only a short story shouldn't have bothered , as I had already predicted how it would end. After reading The Shell Seekers which was wonderful ,this has left me flat !!
May 20, 2014 JoAnne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jane is the daughter of a famous writer, but they live in a shack on a beach in California. She sometimes dreams of going back home to Scotland, her grandmother and cousin, Sinclair. One day while her father is away in LA, a lawyer comes to visit. David wants her to return to Scotland for a visit. Jane says she cannot go because someone is needed to look after her father. That same day her father returns from LA with a woman. Jane is a bit upset but decides to see if she can catch up with David ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Les rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A short, quick read by a favorite author. It was an ok read, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as her classic, "The Shell Seekers" and was eager to finish and move on to something else.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Απλό γυναικείο μυθιστόρημα, χωρίς πολλούς έρωτες και ένα ελάχιστο δείγμα της τέχνης της Πίλτσερ. Η Τζέιν, που ζει με τον πατέρα της στην Καλιφόρνια, δέχεται την επίσκεψη του δικηγόρου της γιαγιάς της, που της ζητά μετά από τόσα χρόνια να έρθει για διακοπές στη Σκοτία, στο πατρικό της, έστω και για λίγο. Ο πατέρας της της φέρνει φιλενάδα στο σπίτι κι η απόφασή της διευκολύνεται. Επιστρέφει στη Σκοτία (μα τι ωραίο γράψιμο των εποχών και των τοπίων) και ξανασυναντά τον ξάδερφό της, που δεν αργεί να ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my least favorite of her short novels that I have read. A nice story, but to me it just felt like too many details were left to make a really good one. I almost felt like I was reading a condensed or abridged book, which I wasn't. I have read others of her short books and not felt that way. I usually love her books even though they are quite predictable (the shorter ones anyway). Anyone who loves Pilcher will want to read it anyway.
Sep 25, 2008 Relyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone needing a peaceful read
When we got back from our crazy, hectic weekend, I needed something peaceful to read. This is what I choose. I love Rosamunde Pilcher and have read everything she has written that I can possibly get my hands on. She is the only author I know who can write an entirely peaceful novel and still hold your interest. I always want to crawl inside her novels and take a nap.
Donna Gabbard
I had never read Rosamunde Pilcher before so I didn't know what to expect. I have read good reviews of her books and have several more of her books on my bookshelves. This book is considered a "short story" compared to some of her other works such as The Shell Seekers.

I was not impressed with this book. It reminded me of a 1970's Harlequin Romance novel......girl loves boy, tragedy happens, everything works out in the end and girl is happy. I was a little disturbed that the "boy" that the "girl
Sweet, short, a little too short. As with most of her short novels, the end seems to come crashing down and little to contrived. Lovely story that could have been expanded to equal the caliber of her longer novels. I will read them all anyway. 3.5
May 05, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little surprised that a Rosamunde Pilcher book would begin in California but within a chapter or two, main character Jane Marsh was off to Scotland and there she remained. For me, the ending was predictable halfway through the book although there was a surprise near the end. However,I enjoy Mrs. Pilcher's lyrical descriptions of the rivers and moors, the inside of cozy drawing rooms, cottages and mansions, and the British versions of American words i.e. "verge" for grass, "ice lolly" for ...more
Bonnie Mae
Jun 21, 2016 Bonnie Mae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continually amazed at Rosamunde Pilcher's ability to draw me into the world of her characters to the point I can anticipate their thoughts and moves. But, more important still, she has me feeling what they feel. She is so skilled at her craft that after a few minutes of her beautiful descriptions of a land I have never been it feels familiar and I find myself almost sentimental about it. It's like a mini-vacation waiting between the covers of her books. The End of Summer did not disappoint!
Nov 01, 2015 Els rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na het dichtklappen van dit boek, ben ik blij dat ik niet opgaf na de drie eerste die ik las van haar. Die vielen mij wat tegen. De drie volgende daarentegen konden mij wel bekoren. Soms denk je : deze auteur is niks voor mij en laat je hem/haar na een boek al links liggen. Soms wordt je inspanning beloond en ontdek je een aantal fijne verhalen.
De cover en de titel zijn goed gekozen en sluiten aan bij de inhoud.
Een deel van het slot kon je al vrij snel vermoeden maar er zat ook wel een verrassen
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A História de Jane começa em uma praia na Califórnia e recomeça onde ela nasceu na Escócia, com 21 anos, sem destino e profissão, sua avó contrata um advogado - David - para buscá-la - jane mora com seu Pai, um escritor que não sabe administrar dinheiro.
Ao descobrir que seu pai pode recomear a vida com outra esposa, jane pensa que já é o momento de matar as saudades de sua terra querida e parentes, ao chegar em
Aug 26, 2016 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice break from heavy duty reading. Rosamunde Pilcher always seems to set her romances and life stories in beautiful settings. This time in Scotland. Nice descriptions of the area. Made you want to move there. The main character moves back to Scotland after a number of years with her father in the States. She moves back with her grandmother and hopes to rekindle her childhood friendship with her cousin. Unfortunately he has changed and he is not the knight in shining armour she thought he was.
Aug 28, 2015 Marianthy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A tiny one fit for a short flight, did not seem as if it was written by the same author I know amd whose other books I've read multiple times!! The heroine's actions and thoughts were inconsistent and weird, more a child's than a young adult's and everyone else entirely one-dimensional. Disappointing even as a quick read to pass the time.
Eileen Pucci
Dec 12, 2014 Eileen Pucci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Nice early novella by Rosamund Pilcher. She always delivers a rich, engrossing story. The main character is a 21 year old woman who is a member of Great Britain's upper class. She hasn't been to college, does not feel the desire to have a career or even a job, and doesn't feel remotely embarrassed about these facts. Apparently, the women's equality movement had not reached GB by 1971.
This book reminded me that I love the writing of Rosamund Pilcher. Her characters are a little unreal but I always am able to relate to them. An interesting mix of California scenery and Scotland. A quick and fun read
Alejandra Manzanilla ramírez
Es una novela muy corta, por no deja de ser interesante como todo lo que Rosamunde Pilcher hace, me encanta su forma de describir los lugares.
Me hubiera gustado que los personajes se desarrollarán un poco más.
Apr 16, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
After years spent living in the United States, Jane returns to the Scottish estate of Elvie, where she had spent a magical childhood. Memories of a lifetime spent at Elvie had always summoned the image of Sinclair to Jane's mind. Sinclair was the rakish man Jane had once dreamed of marrying, but now that she is home, she finds Sinclair to be an entirely different man from the one she had known. His enticing charm now has a purpose, and Jane can no longer trust him...or herself.

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Jul 16, 2010 Barbra rated it liked it
A nice story - Pilcher always creates such characters that you end up caring for. One of her small novels.

Back Cover Blurb:
Sitting on a California beach at summer's end, Jane Marsh thinks back to her childhood at the estate called Elvie in a remote corner of Scotland. She remembers not only the heather-covered hills and the lonesome loch, but her grandmother....and, of course, Sinclair. She has secretly dreamed of marrying rakishly handsome Sinclair and settling at Elvie forever. Then an urgent
Feb 10, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVE Rosamunde Pilcher. My friend Sofia's mom got me hooked about 12 years ago (she was, I think, just happy that I loved to read as much as she did!)...everytime I'd go visit, mom would give me another RP book to read and love. I read all the RP books that she had and all the books that the libraries had and thought I'd read all of them until I found a stash at a 2nd hand bookstore here in Alabama. I know RP wrote most of her books before I was born but even though they're at least ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Mariette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of many

This the first book by Rosamunde Pilcher I have read and I truly liked it. Love her no nonsense style of writing. Can't wait to start the next book.
A typical Rosamunde Pilcher - gentle touch of romance, air of melancholy - and beautifully observed places, people, and atmosphere.
Sep 03, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This isn't the sort of book I usually pick up, so was quite surprised how much I liked it. It is the story of Jane Marsh, who abruptly leaves the California beach where she has been living with her father, to revisit the Scottish Estate, Elvie, where she spent her childhood. Coming back, she remembers her secret wish to marry the handsome, charming Sinclair, and that wish comes back full force when she meets him once again. But is he really the man she thinks he is and can she give up Elvie to m ...more
I started reading this book... and stopped when I saw that Sinclair is Jane's cousin..... didn't that bother anyone else??
Apropos read for the 1st Day of Fall!
An easy read to relax with in today's gorgeous sunshine and warm temps.

This one finds our Scottish MC living oceanside California with her writer father until her grandmother's lawyer arrives with an invitation and ticket to come back with him to visit her childhood home and family.

Enough storyline and characterization to keep me interested without brain twisters to tire me out or stretch my emotions. I enjoyed a bit of reminiscing in the well described Highl
Sep 19, 2015 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read-books
this is a very short story. but many things happened. it was a quick read for me and interesting .
Nov 03, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane lives in a shack in California with her rather erratic father. She accepts an invitation to Scotland to be reunited with her grandmother and other family members. Excellent characters, as is usual with this author, but the plot was a bit over-dramatic and ended rather suddenly.

Re-reading seven years later, I liked it rather more. Yes, the climax is sudden - and was the only part of the plot I actually remembered, other than the first couple of chapters - but I found the story ended satisfa
Apr 05, 2013 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman and her father live near the beach in sunny Los Angeles. He writes screenplays and she takes care of him and their dog Rusty. Her grandma calls for her to come home to Elvie, in Scotland for a visit by sending her lawyer, the handsome David Stewart. While in Scotland, her cousin Sinclair also visits Elvie and the two spend lots of time together. Unfortunately, she discovers that Sinclair is not what he appears to be, which is terribly disappointing to her. In the end, she realizes ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Marta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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