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The Empty House

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,332 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Virginia Keile's secret dream was to have a second chance at loving the tall, handsome Cornish farmer she had met --- and foolishly lost --- the summer she was a debutante. Life had taught her a great deal in twenty-seven years --- about marrying a titled bachelor picked out by her mother, about a lonely marriage that ended in her husband's accidental death, about nearly l...more
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Dell (first published 1973)
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Diana Hockley

Rosamund Pilcher, in my less than humble opinion, is one of the very best writers of gentle fiction. Of course, I have read The Shell Seekers and loved it, but haven't read anything of hers for a few years. I came across this short novel - not a novella - in a hospital bookstall and of course pounced on it. I read it in around 3 hours while waiting around and travelling home on the train.

Written in 1973 and first published in 1990, Pilcher's style of writing will no doubt not be fast-paced enoug...more
Aubrey
This was a good, quick, clean romance. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is I felt that Pilcher didn't spend enough time establishing why the main characters connected in the first place. In order to have a good romance, an author has to establish the sparks between the characters. In addition, this book was really more of a journey of self-actualization than a romance. It was nice to read a story about a woman coming into her own, so to speak, but unfortunately it made the romance...more
Lorraine
A widow returns to Cornwall to recover from the 'flu. She feels that her mother-in-law and her children's Nanny are running her life, and decides to rent a rundown house and bring the children there for the month of August. She also meets a farmer that she had fallen in love with at 17, he lives close to her rented house and has still not married ten years later.

An early Rosamunde Pilcher, it is not as good as the later ones, but is still a good read.
Margarida
Gostei, embora depois de ter lido "Os Apanhadores de Conchas" não possa dizer que seja Rosamund Pilcher no seu melhor...
No entanto é um bonito romance de amor, mudança, segundas oportunidades... suave, ternurento... com belas descrições da Cornualha!
Sue
Twenty-seven yr old Virginia Keile has come to Porthkerris on vacation while her two children are in London with her mother in law and the Nanny. The last time Virginia was in Porthkerris was ten years before. During that visit, she met Eustace Phillips. Because her mother didn't approve, the relationship was never allowed to develop and she was whisked back to London for her coming out year. Rather than face the social scene, Virginia married Anthony Keile and moved to Scotland. Now Anthony is...more
Lorrie
Oct 02, 2011 Lorrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lorrie by: I read Pilcher books because of The Shell Seekers!
I bought this book at the used paperback bookstore. It's been sitting on my desk for a month or so. Today I have a sore throat and am a little under the weather so I thought I'd take it easy and read a new book. This book was excellent!! It was way too short! It was really good but there was not enough detail--it was way too short! That's why I just gave it a 4. I really enjoyed the love story, Porthkerris, Virginia, her children, and Eustice.

Pilcher mentions Porthkerris so often in her books t...more
JoAnne
Virginia is recovering from an illness. She is staying with friends in Cornwall. Her husband has recently passed away. Her children are with Nanny and her mother-in-law in London.
Virginia was in this house in Cornwall ten years ago, just before her 18th birthday. She met a man named Eustace and fell in love with him and his home. But her mother felt he was beneath her because he was a farmer. They left the area a few days later. Then Virginia met the man who would become her husband a couple of...more
Nicholas Trandahl
Well, this was unexpected. An English friend of mine mentioned in passing that her favorite book was 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher. My interest was piqued, but I decided that I would read a shorter novel by Pilcher to get a taste of her brand of fiction before getting too invested. And thus I bought 'The Empty House'. I wasn't expecting to fall in love with English Women's Literature/Romantic fiction from the 1970s (my own tastes a conglomerate of Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf),...more
Lauren
While I love this author's other books, this one was horribly annoying because of the extremely condescending and lecturing male love interest. After discovering our heroine back in town (after the resent death of her husband) he barrates her for her indecision on whether she should retain the family nanny, keeping her children with her (she's taking some time alone while the kids stay with grandma) and basically tells her to grow a backbone and take care of her children in the way she knows is...more
Parva 'chhanu'
A sweet story about love and life! This book is about getting a second chance.

It is known that every girl has to have one unhappy love affair before she finally meets the right man and settles down and gets married. Virginia, a 27-year-old widow and a single mother of two children goes to Cornwall to recover from flu but instead, encounters with a man she fell in love 10 years ago. At 17, she was too vulnerable to fight for her first love and in distress, chooses a wrong person to marry. It is a...more
Angie
Probably one of my favorite of the shorter Rosamunde Pilcher books...

Another reviewer called it a "gentle" story and I really like that description of her books in general. I am a fan of her writing.

I love the setting of Cornwall, and how she describes everything. I can picture it all in my head.
Yes, it's probably a stretch to think things could really happen like this. But, you WANT to believe it could!!

A must-read for Pilcher fans!!
Sally
I love Rosamunde Pilcher's settings. She has a relaxing style and her heroines are Mary Stewart-lite. BUT this 27-y-o woman with two children (whom she has never really looked after, since mother-in-law and nannie have taken charge) meets a man-she-met-once-as-a-teen. Three meetings later... they decide they're destined to be together. I can't imagine many young men would want to marry a woman-and-two that suddenly! It's really more of a 2 1/2.
MomToKippy
One of Pilcher's best novellas! There is so much atmosphere and a wonderful magical feeling in this story. It really sweeps you away to a wondrous place (unless you happen to live by the sea in Cornwall already) and her descriptive style really shines here. The story was sweet and charming and the characters endearing.
Anne
She is my favorite author.
Dorrie
I should have finished this book days ago, but quite frankly, I found it a little boring and I did not devour it like I do books that I love. It was a sweet enough love story, but it isn't a book that I would ever consider reading again. It just didn't do anything for me--didn't make me think or dream or speculate--like better books do. When I was away from it, I didn't long to be reading it, like I do with the books I love. The characters were okay--I didn't really feel any kinship with Virgini...more
Nyra
EL LIBRO
Sinopsis:
“Virginia soñaba con recuperar a su primer amor. La última vez que se había sentido libre y feliz fue durante un breve verano, diez años atrás, cuando era adolescente. Muchas cosas han pasado desde entonces en su vida: el casamiento con un millonario lord escocés, elegido para ella por su madre; la soledad de un matrimonio sin amor, que culminó con la muerte de su marido; la dura lucha por conservar a sus dos hijos.
Ahora Virginia está de vuelta en Conrwall, dueña de su vida po...more
Mary
Apr 18, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Virginia Keile's secret dream had always been to have a second chance at loving the tall, handsome Cornish farmer she had met - and foolishly lost - the summer she was a debutante. Now, ten years later, Virginia is twenty-seven years old and life has taught her a great many lessons. She had married a titled bachelor chosen by her mother, lived in a lonely marriage until her husband's accidental death, and had nearly lost her two children to her former mother-in-law and a bossy Nanny.

All Virginia...more
Dini Happy
Rosamunde ini mengingatkan saya pada Nh. Dini. Keduanya kuat dalam deskripsi, dan tulisan mereka begitu halus, bukan mendayu-dayu. Ada irama yang pelan, tidak menghentak, persis seperti mendengarkan lagu-lagu pengantar tidur yang menenangkan.
The empty house ini bercerita tentang Virginia, 27 tahun,janda dengan 2 orang anak.
Virginia berusaha untuk mandiri, tidak ada lagi orang-orang yang akan mempengaruhi keputusan-keputusannya seperti Ibu mertua yang kalem tapi sebenarnya tidak terbantahkan, Na...more
Werehare
2/10

Non so se sia stato scritto prima o dopo de "I cercatori di conchiglie", fatto sta che ne è una versione leggera: tutte le donne protagoniste della Pilcher paiono sposarsi a dodici anni scegliendo il proprio marito totalmente a caso, ma loro sono intelligenti e brillantissime eh! Tant'è vero che pioverà loro in braccio l'Uomo Della Loro Vita, bellissimo intelligentissimo e via discorrendo anche lui, che le amerà e saranno una coppia perfettissima forevah. Come contorno l'immancabile Porthker...more
Sue
Not exactly a memorable plotline, unlike some of Pilcher's other novels, but still very enjoyable. The story revolves around Virginia, recently widowed, who is taking a break with an old friend in Cornwall. All she wants is a quiet, simple existence with her children in a relaxed environment.

This book is a sort of growing-up for Virginia as she starts to take control of her life. There's also - perhaps inevitably - a very low-key romance, with flashbacks to the past, both in her late teens and...more
Marwan Asmar
A nice layback book that is full of surprises and anecdotes centering around a character that spills the beans, weaving a narrative that is complex in detail but interlocks together even though its essentially about Virginia going on holiday, suddenly finding she is in need of her children, and rekindling feelings of long lost love long been dissapited because of her mother that forced her marriage into the aristocracy regardless of love and emotions. She is lost and lonely, and finds out that h...more
Agatha
This is a much shorter one than some of Pilcher's other books, such as COMING HOME, SEPTEMBER, or WINTER SOLSTICE. Recommended if you just feel like a little Pilcher, not a lot. ;) It’s a pretty “universal” story; the only thing unique about it is the fun “British-ness” and “Pilcher-ness:” but it’s still fun and read-able. Virginia is a 27-year-old widow with children Cara (8) and Nicholas (6). She leaves her children with her bossy mother-in-law in London and goes to Cornwall to visit a friend,...more
Linnae
I know I know, I swore off Pilcher books after the last one, but once again I was drawn in by the promise of a sweet and cozy little romance. Amongst Pilcher women, Virginia is a gem. Timid at first, she nonetheless finds the courage to stand up to Mother-in-law, AND the formidable Nanny, and take her children away with her for the summer. She even manages to rent a beach house all by herself and with only a few false starts, figures out the shopping, cooking, and so forth. The romantic interest...more
Sonia Gensler
I love how setting is always a main character in Pilcher's books! (Hooray for Cornwall!) The romance wasn't sufficiently developed, and the hero was alarmingly paternalistic, but there still was much to love about this story.
Pauline
This is my first book by Rosamunde Pilcher and I didn,t know what to expect. Yes it was a ladies book but without the overly much sentiment of some love stories. It was a toasty warm,comfortable little novel with lovely word pictures of Cornwall thrown in. I happen to love Cornwall so it escapism for me.
The characters were inclined to be caricatures of the rich , the aristocratic play boy,the socially ambitious mother, the unfeeling mother in law.The farmer was tall ,rugged and tousled What else...more
C-shaw
Loaned to me by my preacher's wife, part of a hardback volume published by Wings Books (a Random House division) in 1999, one of three complete novels by Pilcher. _The Empty House_ is another novel set in Porthkerris, a very sweet love story.
Sandra
Comecei ontem, logo após as 12 badaladas, mas só consegui ultrapassar o primeiro capítulo. O sono venceu-me!

Hoje de manhã aproveitei para retomar a leitura e acabei-o.

Gostei bastante da escrita desta autora de quem já ouvi maravilhas.

Virginia é uma mulher perdida no mundo. Com dois filhos pequenos para criar, uma família manipuladora e uma tragédia recente, Virginia recolhe-se em Porthkerris, Cornualha.
Mas ao contrário de descanso e paz, Virginia terá de enfrentar os fantasmas do seu passado, o...more
Andre Satie
For Rosamunde Pilcher, this is pretty lightweight. Simple boy meets girl plot, set in the ubiquitous town of Porthkerris. Not her best.
Shellys♥ Journal
Virginia returns to Cornwall 10 years after her last visit to "vacation" following the death of her husband. As she makes decisions regarding where her life and her children's lives will go from here, she shares the story of her first love and her marriage.

A short and sweet story of loss, misunderstanding and rebuilding. I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the descriptions and details, the emotions and pain, and the realization of the truth. Virginia is catapulted into the past, a number of par...more
Terry
A story about finally growing up, making your own choices and a second chance at love.
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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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