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Voices In Summer

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,670 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Celebrate life's journeys with the beloved author whose stories of life and love have touched the world.

As in her worldwide bestseller The Shell Seekers and September, it is the richness of emotional seasons that has made Rosamunde Pilcher's novels beloved the world over. Now she invites you into long summer days on the coast of Cornwall-and into the stormy heart of newlyw
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 23rd 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1984)
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Rosamunde Pilcher's shorter books are like curling up on the couch with your favorite blanket--A bit predictable maybe but you won't be disappointed, you know there will be a happy ending, and it won't take you forever to read it! They are just comfort-reads to me. I gave this 4 stars because of this!
Apr 16, 2010 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers; old ladies
Like Nicholas Sparks, Rosamunde Pilcher stories are all formed from a predetermined list of setting, character types, and events--not a bad thing, as both authors' success shows.

If you're still reading, here are the ingredients for any charming Rosamunde Pilcher story: 1)Cornwall or Scotland, sometimes both. 2)Female orphan at center of story, who has no money worries (and neither does anyone else). 3)Multiple generations, often bohemians among the younger folks. 4)An impromptu house party at t
Newlywed Laura Haverstock goes to Cornwall to convalesce after an operation. She stays with her new husband's relatives while he is away fishing in Scotland. Laura is Alec's second wife and has had trouble fitting in with his group of lifelong friends, feeling a little bit like the second Mrs. deWinter. As she regains her health she also strengthens her resolve to solve the problems in her marriage. As usual, Rosamunde Pilcher draws her readers into her beautiful settings and into the lives of h ...more
Donna Mcnab
By the time I finished reading this book for a second time, I felt like I had enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Cornwall. Rosamunde Pilcher had the ability, with all the details and great characters, of absorbing you right into the scene. I particularly loved her "bigger" novels, Shell Seekers, Winter Solstice, Coming Home and September, but the earlier "smaller" books are also a treat to read and withstand subsequent readings beautifully.
Jamie Casey
This book is about Laura and Alec, a married couple very different in backgrounds. Laura has some health problems and cannot go on an already planned trip with her husband. So her husband takes the trip and takes Laura to his brothers home in Tremeheree. Here Laura learns a great deal about herself and has the time of her life. She learns she is stronger than she ever thought and how very much family and friends mean to one another.

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Enjoyed and Rosamunde's books are easy to read with a lovely story line and message. I reread this book. First time I read was in April 1992. Reread in 2010. Enjoyed as much the second time.
Love Rosamunde Pilcher!
Every time I think I've read all there is to read from prolific writer Rosamude Pilcher, I stumble across another gem.

Set primarily in sun-soaked Cornwall, Voices in Summer is an easy, breezy, undemanding read. Short, by Pilcher's standards, this delightful story adheres to the author's reliable pattern; that of rich, multi-layered characters woven together with an interesting, but relatively unimportant plot. To me, its the characters who carry the weight of the tale in a Rosamude Pilcher book.
I admit that I read this book in less than 24 hours. I love Rosamunde Pilcher books! She is such a romantic!! There was a bit of letter writing with oddly matching letters accusing different people of being with other partners in this novel that brought to mind another of her books that I read some time ago. For a minute I even thought I was rereading the same book. That book was about a bereft, special woman. This was reminiscent of that story. This letter writer was someone not as easily suspe ...more
I think I read most of Pilcher’s books years ago, but this escaped my notice until now. It isn’t as good or substantial as her later, longer novels, but still a good read. Laura, who feels uncomfortable with her new husband’s former circle of friends, is glad to defer a fishing trip to Scotland which has been one of Alec’s traditions with these couples for years. However, her reason for not going is because she is recuperating from surgery, and needs a place to stay while Alec is gone. Alec driv ...more
Christine Blachford
I can’t imagine a situation where I would want to go on an extended trip to visit someone else’s family by myself, even if it is the in-laws. Laura travels to Cornwall to stay with her husband’s family, and she makes fast friends with everyone… until a letter arrives that accuses her of having an affair.

One of the problems I had with this book is that a lot of the characters are just too good to be true. All very polite, all opening doors for each other, pulling out chairs. Perhaps it’s just ind
A new bride, who is the 2nd wife of an older man, has surgery done and cannot travel with her husband on his vacation in Scotland. She goes to recuperate at the home of her husband's uncle in Cornwall. She has much time to think, and observe those around her. She comes to some new discoveries about herself and those around her. Pilcher's characters are always very English, very proper, and not ones to create waves.
This book almost earned 4 stars from me because it was such a lovely, enjoyable read. While it wasn't a page-turner, it was a nice book to relax with that provided a little break from a stressful day. I recommend this story to anyone who wants a chick-lit without the silliness.
Noelle M
Like the world's most famous television trivia question "Who killed JR?" we have here a "Who wrote the poison pen letters?" The story idea was clever, but I gather Ms. Pilcher never cracked a Strunk and White? I guess the American rules of writing style don't apply to the British? On a technical scale of 1 to 10, the writing itself needed a major editorial workover. I'd give it maybe a -5, but once I was able to stop seeing the problems the story was decent.

I think she was a good action plotter,
The most beautifully written book I have ever read however the story line was slightly slow. Had it been badly written it would have only got 3 stars but the quality of writing upped it to 4. Good summer book, would recommend as a holiday read.
Beautifully written by one of my favorite authors, but not quite as impressive as most of her novels, and pretty predictable. Still, worth reading for sure.
An easy, interesting read. Again, what Rosamunde Pilcher does so well is write characters that are believable. You get immersed in their world.
Michelle Beese
Rosamunde Pilcher is a great story teller and has a way of making her characters come alive. Delightful tale, and she kept me guessing for a while!
Carol C
Pilcher's books are usually easy, enjoyable reads. They take me to my happy place. This one was no exception.
A light and pleasant read. Not a favorite necessarily but enjoyable nonetheless.
Susan Hale
Good story about a newlywed in Cornwall. Gentle story of family and love.
Liked the way she handled older characters.
Laura Haverstock needs to have an operation and must bow out of trip her husband Alec has been planning for them to go to Scotland on his annual fishing trip with his long time friends. He makes arrangements for Laura to stay with his Uncle Gerald and Gerald's wife Eve in Cornwall at a home called Tremenheere. The adventure begins. I had read this one a few years back but could not remember what it was all about. I found that I actually appreciated the novel just as much the second time as the f ...more
Louise Mundt
Min mor er ivrig læser af Rosamunde Pilchers kærlighedshistorier, og jeg har derfor overtaget nogle bøger efter hende i tidens løb, hvis hun haft dubletter. Jeg ved ikke, hvorfor jeg bliver ved med at læse dem, for egentlig har jeg aldrig syntes, at Pilcher er en særlig god forfatter – den eneste forklaring må være, at man nogle gange har brug for uforpligtende underholdning.

Og netop derfor gik jeg i gang med “Første Sommer”…

På en forretningsrejse til Hong Kong, møder Alec Haverstock den unge Er
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Yang Shu-yuan
Die junge, frischverheiratete Laura Haverstock verbringt den Sommer bei Verwandten ihres Mannes Alec auf dem Lande. Doch die unbeschwerten Tage auf dem idyllisch gelegenen Landsitz Tremenhere in Cornwall finden ein jähes Ende: ein anonymer Brief taucht auf, der sie beschuldigt, ein Verhältnis zu haben. Während sie immer mehr in Panik gerät, erhält auch Alec Post. Wird er, der von seiner ersten Frau verlassen wurde, Lauras Beteuerungen glauben können?Rosamunde Pilcher, geboren 1924 in Lelant/Corn ...more
É um livro agradável de ler, sobre pessoas normais, com cenários bonitos e diversificados, com um bocadinho de suspense inesperado mais para o fim.

A dada altura duas personagens tecem comentários sobre outras duas obras literárias conhecidas: “Jane Eyre” e “Rebecca”. Eu estou familiarizada com a primeira obra porque vi uma mini-série, mas ainda tenho o Rebecca por ler! E parece-me que estas referências são grandes spoilers. Do Jane Eyre teriam sido para mim, se eu não conhecesse a história.
Paula Erickson
Beaches and Flowere

Lovely summer holiday spent I n Cornwall makes me want to check for stray sand and pressed flowers. Like all good calms spirits and heals relationships.
Liked the fact that Alec finally found someone to care about him.
Loved Eve and Gerald for having so many people around them. Both seem like such nice people.
I did not guess who it could be. I was surprised.
Thank you.
Joan M Erickson
Lovely Story

Another story conceived by this gifted author. I've read them all. This was the last one and was just as enjoyable as the first book.
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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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