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The End of Summer

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,221 ratings  ·  68 reviews
When you read a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher you enter a special world where emotions sing from the heart. A world that lovingly captures the ties that bind us to one another-the joys and sorrows, heartbreaks and misunderstandings, and glad, perfect moments when we are in true harmony. A world filled with evocative, engrossing, and above all, enjoyable portraits of people's ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1971)
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Marilyn
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.
JoAnne
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
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
Angie
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.
Relyn
Sep 25, 2008 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Kathy
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
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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
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Eileen Pucci
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.
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.
Mary
Apr 16, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

I enjoyed this boo
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Barbra
A nice story - Pilcher always creates such characters that you end up caring for. One of her small novels.

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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
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Kim
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
Jill Moffitt
This is an early Rosamund Pilcher novel copyright 1971. I love these books and try to make them last by only reading one chapter a day. There are books you want to get through quickly and there are ones that you want to last forever. The End of Summer is a family centered story with twists and turns like the Scottish Highlands. There is plenty of back ground of Scotland and the people's lives and customs ..some how the simple things and ways in life are often the answer to ones questions.
Dark-Draco
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
Rachel
Feb 02, 2015 Rachel added it
I started reading this book... and stopped when I saw that Sinclair is Jane's cousin..... didn't that bother anyone else??
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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
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Sue
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
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Kristine
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
Sefryana
Apa yang saya suka dari Rosamunde Pilcher? Ketenangannya. Dalam menulis, Pilcher tidak pernah terburu-buru. Sebagai pembaca, kita diajak untuk menikmati detailnya, bahkan saya merasa bisa mencium aroma yang dicium oleh tokohnya. Indah sekali.

Sayangnya, di novel ini, Pilcher (menurut saya) terburu-buru mematikan tokoh laki-laki. Saya berharap si tokoh perempuan menikah dengannya. Tetapi, saya mengerti frustrasi yang berlarut-larut dialami oleh kedua tokoh ini menjadi beban tersendiri jika dibawa
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Amy Geriak
Out of all the Pilcher books I've read, I think this one and The Day of the Storm are the only ones I'd really recommend -- at least to start, until you get sucked in to the whole escape into the Cornwall countryside I-don't-have-to-feel-guilty-because-it's-not-quite-a-romance-novel thing.

Because I read practically all of her books one summer -- well, the thin ones like this -- over ten years ago, most have blended together in my mind. I'll have to give them another look to see if they are worth
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Lorrie
This book was good but way too short. I would have liked more about Jane and David. Sinclair was such a disappointment, and it was surprising to hear Pilcher talk about bad genes transmitting through generations--such as Sinclair and his father, Aylwyn. I was also saddened by Tessa and the unborn child. I keep reading Pilcher books because I love smelling the peat fires, feeling the mist from the fog, and hearing the roar of the waves rolling in towards Elvie.
Marci
Returning to Scotland, estate, Jane remeets a man from her past.
Cara
oh...it was okay. I didn't really enjoy reading it...it really bothered me that she was in love with her first cousin. That was kind of yuck to me. Though I found the end satisfying enough that I didn't dislike it entirely. The author does make the home in Scotland feel magical and very home-like. That was good. I think she's a fine author...just the story itself that bothered me I guess.
Helen
Couldn't finish it.
Ann
It was a quick read, but nothing memorable. Jane and her artist father live in California. Her grandmother lives on an estate called Elvie in Scotland which she is pulled to return to. She learns the dark side of a close cousin and falls in love by the end.
Sonal Panse
Lovely descriptions of Scotland. Flat characters though, unfortunately. The narrator, Jane, just didn't have any color. Boring and wishy-washy - didn't have a job and didn't want to get one either - I mean, why bother, when there's the property to inherit from Gran and dear David to do the manly thing. Bejesus!
Jina Howell-Forbes
Love Rosamunde Pilcher's stories, with the rich character detail, and the lush nature pictures. Only drawback to this one was too many truly dislikable characters. I also disliked the part where she was living in California. That part was thankfully short, and most everything else happened in Scotland.
Ver2car
I liked the words that were British and I liked the description of places in Scotland. It was an easy short uncomplicated read. I wish she would not telegraph the endings though. But her stories seem to be more about being in a time and place rather than suspense or how will this end.
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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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