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Wild Mountain Thyme

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Published March 1st 1990 by Hodder And Stoughton (first published 1978)
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Wow, this was a surprisingly wonderful Pilcher! I only say that because I tend to expect the shorter novels to be a little less interesting than her "big" novels but this one was nearly just as good. This was a lovely story with a compelling setting and atmosphere in the Northern Scotland seaside and interesting quirky characters. Her very visual prose, a little romance and some tragedy and angst make for a satisfying read.
Jul 12, 2017 Dawnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lots of stupidly overdone and very strange Drama, horrendes Male Lead that kidnaps a 2 year old without anyone calling the police and a complete push over as the main female lead - for my first book by the author I think I could not have chosen a worse one!

I was told by a handful of people that I just have to read a Pilcher book because I would just love her....
I am guessing this book was NOT was those people meant for me to read since this was NOT my personal reading taste - at all!!

I hate we
Apr 14, 2014 Flave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me make this clear: I HATE weak women. And such a woman is, unfortunately, the protagonist Victoria Bradshaw. She is even described as being pale and having colourless hair! Everything dear Victoria cares about is pleasing men, so they don't get annoyed by her. Thus, she lets them (or this one, an artist, Oliver Dobbs) treat her like dirt, and still, as if somebody pressed the standby button on her brain (IF she has one, one might ask, reading that book), she runs after Oliver, apparently th ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the longer of her "short" books, and unfortunately for me, the last one I hadn't read with the exception of the short story collections of Flowers in Rain and the Blue Bedroom. I love her books because they are gently written, invoke a bygone era, and leave you with fuzzies inside. Readers should remember these were written many years ago, and I think that is why some people interpret her females as weak. You could say that Victoria in this novel is weak and stupid, or you can thi ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One!
Shelves: romance
Okay...going into this, I already knew that Rosamunde Pilcher's books moved at a very leisurely pace, but this one was absolutely excruciating. Besides that, just about nothing actually happened in the book and it was all just very predictable. Not to mention there are only so many descriptions of scenery a person can take. Probably about a third of the book was devoted to describing the surrounding area in Scotland. I am so relieved to be done with this book.
Sep 11, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The descriptions of the emotions as well as the landscape are so vivid that the reader feels as if he/she is watching a film. Beautiful

Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο το είχα στη βιβλιοθήκη μου εδώ και αρκετό καιρό δώρο μιας καλής συναδέλφου από τη δουλειά η οποία είναι λάτρης της Rosamunde Pilcher.
Η ηρωίδα είναι η Victoria Bradshaw η οποία στα 18 της ερωτεύεται παράφορα ένα Λονδρέζο θεατρικό συγγραφέα τον Oliver Dobbs. Εκείνος όμως κάποια στιγμή την εγκαταλείπει ξαφνικά και εξαφανίζεται από τη ζωή της.
Τα χρόνια περνούν και ο Oliver κάνει πάλι την εμφάνιση του ως χήρος πια και έχοντας ένα δίχρονο αγοράκι. Και φυσικά επειδή η Victoria δ
Bark's Book Nonsense
I read this as an abridged audiobook and though the writing was very lyrical the heroine started out as a spineless ninny easily wooed with pretty words and heated glances. I found myself screaming at thin air "don't fall for it!" "don't do it" but, darn, she went and gave up her life for a bearded, selfish, thoughtless nincompoop.

This book was read by Kate Burton who does a beautiful job with the Irish brogue and made listening to the story a real pleasure. I continued to have "issues" with th
miss l coombe
Nov 30, 2015 miss l coombe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A reassuringly Pilcher-resque read

I have loved Rosamund Pilcher's ever since borrowing "Coming Home" from my grandmother as a teenager. Wild Mountain Thyme delivers Pilcher's trademark beautiful description of the natural landscape- of Scotland this time though, rather than Cornwall. She also throws some old fashioned romance and a pinch of heartbreak and hint of tragedy. All in all a really satisfying read. If I had to make a negative remark about the book I would suggest that the closing line
May 14, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-the-world
The Shell Seekers will always be my favorite book by Pilcher, having said that I did enjoy Wild Mountain Thyme, which is set in Scotland. To be honest I found the protagonists in this book frustrating. Oliver Dobbs is a successful author, who is also egotistical to an unbelievable degree. Victoria loves Oliver, and wants only to be with him. The gorgeous descriptions of Scotland are what made this novel so good.
Jina Howell-Forbes
As in all Rosamunde Pilcher books, there is great scenic description, multiple family, multiple generation characters, and a love story. This was atypical book for her in all those aspects, but I didn't feel the closeness and connection to the characters in the way I have in other books she has written. They were all a little too flawed. There were ni characters that I would have liked to ask over for "tea and a bit of a tongue wag.

Not a bad book, just not Rosamunde at her best.
Apr 19, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything by Ms Pilcher and they are fantastic re reads. Romantic and unashamedly sentimental, full of warmth and wonderful characters.
Nov 05, 2016 Ellenk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable easy read. Working this month on reading books I have been given/loaned. Then I can return for Christmas!
May 15, 2017 Jj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in three sittings, not because I couldn't put it down but because I wanted it to be over as quickly as possible. It is almost like reading the attempts of someone who is attending a creative writing class and the main focus of the task is description only, with nothing about creating a good novel. Th story for that matter is ridiculous and the main character Victoria, infuriating and pathetic. Would not recommend this book unless you are studying a creative writing class and hav ...more
Kate Howe
May 31, 2017 Kate Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosamunde Pilcher hasn't let me down yet!
Celia Goodell
Another of Pilcher's great stories. A story of bad mistakes and loss that turn to lessons learned, hearts healed, and the simple life that just grabs you and makes you want to stay.
Kilian Metcalf
May 14, 2015 Kilian Metcalf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I were Rosamund Pilcher, I would remove this book from circulation. I wouldn't be able to gather up all the hard copies around, but I sure could make sure it wasn't available in ebook format. Surely she doesn't need the money.

I love Pilcher, mainly because her people have just plain good sense. I was very surprised when Victoria Bradshaw turned out to be such a ninny. Then I looked at the copyright date: 1978. Okay, I thought, maybe this was one of her earlier novels, but a check of her outpu
Jan 23, 2014 Siobhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read several, but by no means a majority, of Rosamunde Pilcher's books. Unfortunately, I did not love this particular novel as much as I had hoped to. I enjoyed the Scottish setting, and Pilcher's word choice and turn of phrase were as ever lovely.

Victoria is without a doubt my least favourite Pilcher heroine to date. However, I think my main bone to pick - the obnoxious Oliver Dobbs, and perhaps rather strange premise aside - is the length.

I am used to the veritable tomes that Pilcher
Aug 05, 2015 Els rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boek 4 van deze auteur en alhoewel de 3 andere mij niet echt konden bekoren, bleef ik volharden in de boosheid en koos er opnieuw een uit. Waarom? Omdat het boek kocht en het dan ook wil lezen. Mijn nieuwsgierigheid wint het altijd van de rest. De auteur stak er tijd en energie in, dus uit respect lees ik ze dan ook. Nieuwe bijkopen zal ik niet meer doen, maar uitlezen wat ik liggen heb, doe ik sowieso.
En de aanhouder wint. Dit boek was het beste tot nu toe. Het was een leuk verhaal en het zou n
Description: Oliver Dobbs was a writer first, and a man second. To him other people were tools. Even though he had broken Victoria Bradshaw's heart once, when he arrived on her doorstep with a two-year-old son, she found she could not refuse him, and the three of them set out for a castle in Scotland. There, Victoria meets the new laird and finds her crushed spirit awakening.

For Robin and Kirsty and Oliver

Opening: Once, before the bypass had been built, the main road ran through the heart of the
Sep 30, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of my favorite Rosamunde Pilcher books, but I still always enjoy her descriptions of the English/Scottish/Cornwall countrysides. This particular book takes place primarily in the Scottish Highlands, and feels a bit like a short story in contrast to Pilcher's efforts in "The Shell Seekers", "September" and "Winter Solstice", which are my personal favorites. And I must say it was difficult to read with any pleasure at all when the character of Oliver Dobbs takes center stage - - -it's clea ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Lorrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorrie by: Saw it on the shelf at the used paperback bookstore.
This book has been in my desk drawer at work so I couldn't get to it while on vacation. Having returned yesterday, I grabbed the book and brought it home to finish. It's taken a long time to read this book because this book was just not as wonderful as the other Pilcher books I've read. The female character was just so shallow. This was perhaps due to her age; however, I found it very difficult to relate to Victoria whatsoever. I had to just look her name up because I couldn't even remember her ...more
Yang Shu-yuan
Sep 27, 2009 Yang Shu-yuan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilder Thymian" erzählt die Geschichte einer jungen Frau, die meint, ihr Glück in der Liebe gefunden zu haben. Da lernt sie bei einem Aufenthalt auf einem schottischen Landgut einen Mann kennen, der Gefühle der Leidenschaft in ihr weckt. Sie gerät in einen tiefen inneren Zwiespalt, muß sie sich doch zwischen zwei Männern entscheiden.Rosamunde Pilcher, geboren 1924 in Lelant/Cornwall, arbeitete zunächst beim Foreign Office und trat während des Zweiten Weltkrieges dem Women's Royal Naval Service b ...more
Dec 16, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I am in the mood to read one of Rosamunde Pilcher's charming novels of modern day romantic dilemmas. In Wild Mountain Thyme, Victoria is wary when her former love, Oliver Dobbs, appears on her doorstep with a sleeping toddler. He convinces her to accompany him and his young son to the northern reaches of Scotland. He has stolen the boy from his home with his allegedly staid and narrow-minded grandparents. While staying with a writer friend of Oliver's, Victoria begins to see her b ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book this is, mixing delight and tragedy, gentle humour and deeply moving moments. The main protagonist, who tells the story, is a bit naive but it doesn't matter at all.

Rosamunde Pilcher's main gift is in her characterisation. The people feel so real, that even unlikely situations become believable. Even reading for the third or fourth time, I felt caught up in the situations and emotions of those concerned.

Inevitably it's a bit dated with a great deal of drinking and smoking, a
Mar 11, 2008 Henni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, kaerlighed, 2012
Endnu en gang må man konstatere, at Plichers længere bøger bare er bedre.
Ikke t "Vild Timian" er dårlig, men der er bare ikke så meget stemning som der bliver plads til i de lange bøger.

Og så irriterer det mig grænseløst at vores heltinde overhovedet INGEN handlekraft har og tilbringer det meste af sin tid med at være bekymret over hvad nu og bliver hængendde hos ham, som vi læsere allerede efter 1 side ved er et fjols. Det er lige før hun ikke fortjener sin happy ending (det er vist ikke nogen
Aug 24, 2016 Lucy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A horrible, horrible book. My mother left it to me because she needed space in her luggage, otherwise I would never read it. I wanted to slap some sense into Victoria so many times that I actually ended up throwing the book away. I couldn't stand how Pilcher painted her weak and stupid. It was pain to read the book. Once they got to Benchoile it was bit easier to read since things finally started moving... I swear this is the first and the last book from Pilcher.
Why did I keep going? Because my
Jun 01, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
Rosamunde Pilcher describes her characters & their surroundings in great depth & makes you feel like you are actually there. Her detailed description of Scotland's highlands & Benchoile are beautifully written. But there the story starts to fall flat, the characters are likable but a bit too predictable as is the story line. Oliver Dobbs is a master manipulator ~ selfish, self centred who acts on impulse & bugger the consequences. Victoria should have just slammed the door in his ...more
May 05, 2009 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Marriage isn't a love affair. It isn't even a honeymoon. It's a job. A long hard job at which both partners have to work, harder than they've worked at anything in their lives before. If it is a good marriage it changes, it evolves but it goes on getting better." Certainly a case in this book of sometimes you have to go through a bad man to truly appreciate a good one. Seldom are books tied up in such a happily-ever-after even if it takes a long time getting there with such a dispicable main ch ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, the characters really well rounded so that you had feelings about them. Oliver- a writer, a cad, egotistical,self centred,charming, selfish, manipulative,with a mean streak.
Victoria- unsure of herself, shy, easily charmed and manipulated to fall into line with his plans. The trip to Benchoile, meeting Roddy and John,caring for Tom and seeing Oliver in a different light changes Victoria and changes the outcome of their relationship. Beautifully descriptive of the lifestlye and and l
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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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“Marriage isn't a love affair. It isn't even a honeymoon. It's a job. A long hard job, at which both partners have to work, harder than they've worked at anything in their lives before. If it's a good marriage, it changes, it evolves, but it does on getting better. I've seen it with my own mother and father. But a bad marriage can dissolve in a welter of resentment and acrimony. I've seen that, too, in my own miserable and disastrous attempt at making another person happy. And it's never one person's fault. It's the sum total of a thousand little irritations, disagreements, idiotic details that in a sound alliance would simply be disregarded, or forgotten in the healing act of making love. Divorce isn't a cure, it's a surgical operation, even if there are no children to consider.” 144 likes
“I wasn't good enough. I had a little talent but not enough. There is nothing more discouraging than having just a little talent.” 13 likes
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