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Snow In April

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,876 Ratings  ·  110 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, 245 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1972)
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Apr 23, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Not in the same league at all as her more famous book The Shell Seekers but still a delightfully entertaining story about families and romance. It is a light and easy read which I finished in just a couple of hours, but they were hours I enjoyed very much. Highly recommended for anyone who needs cheering up by a real happy ending.
May 09, 2014 Bonnie rated it liked it
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Caroline is due to marry within the next week to a man she’s unsure she loves but takes a spontaneous trip to Scotland with her younger brother after hearing word that their estranged older brother was living there. After an unfortunate accident in a blizzard leaves the two stranded, they meet a man named Oliver living nearby who takes them in.

I’ve heard lovely things about Rosamunde Pilcher’s books, most especially The Shell Seekers, but I made the decision to pick up S
Aug 22, 2010 JayeL rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Rosamunde Pilcher's books are primarily about relationships between people. It is clear that people are fallible and that their fallibility is not fatal. It is clear that people don't think about their lives until they are faced with the reality. The 'good guys' are not great heros. They are just people. Conversely, the 'bad guys' are not terrible, horrifying people. They are people trying to get what they want and making bad decisions. People, in Pilcher's books, are doing the best they can. Th ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
I love Rosamunde Pilcher-- my mom introduced her to me when I was younger and lived off happy love stories. I still enjoyed the novel-- just wouldn't rate it as a favorite. However, for what it is (a quick, easy feel good novel you read by a fire with a cup of tea) it delivers. It isn't as good as her other easy-reads, so comparing it to them I would give it three out of five stars. For example, I loved Wild Mountain Thyme and The Carrousel, but did not love this one. On a final note, if you fin ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I read this in 2006, according to my book journal, but I really can't remember it. My note about it says that it is an older (1971 or so) romantic story in which an engaged girl and her young brother drive from London to Scotland to see their older brother, but get stopped by a blizzard, and a better love prevails. (Not sure now what that means; guess she found someone new.) At any rate, I have always enjoyed this writer, but apparently I didn't think this was one of her better novels.
Feb 05, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-again
I was practically weaned on Rosamunde Pilcher, and I can't help loving her lovely little stories of English life. She's very much along the lines of Maeve Binchy, though she was writing mostly in the 70s. The short ones like these are just pleasant books you can read in a day and forget. The longer ones (The Shell Seekers is the one everybody knows) are absolutely wonderful. I'll probably read them all every seven years or so for the rest of my life.
I have always enjoyed Rosamunde Pilcher's novels and generally feel a sense of "loss" when I've finished her books and have to leave those characters behind. Snow in April did not grab me early on as many of her other novels have; the initial introduction of the characters seemed slow and almost boring, with a languid Caroline at a dinner party that seemed to never end. Eventually, in the center of the novel, things finally started to get a little interesting, and I loved the description of the ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
Everything by Rosamunde Pilcher is five stars for me. This book made me so happy!
Jan 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Had read it long ago and usually remember what i read, but really was like reading it for the first time. Just a nice, light read . Really i just enjoy all her books and reread them all . Also like her son, robin's books too.
Apr 18, 2015 katinameow rated it it was amazing
Why do I love this little book so? I can't pinpoint one item that stands out. In fact, what I notice are the small details. The cook, Mrs. Cooper's thick brogue and overuse of the word "wee" fill me with delight. My heart breaks for Lisa, the dog, waiting for her owner who will never come home. "It's a sad thing, a dog without a master. " (pg. 60) The description of the geraniums in pots which bring a hint of the Mediterranean to Caleb's and Iris' London cottage remind me of the potted geraniums ...more
Kuna mul on jumal-teab-kui kaua juba kuhi raamatuid pooleli ja Goodreadsi riiulid hõrenevad, mõtlesin, et tunnistan siiski ka seda, mida mitmed juba teavad, et poolkohustuslikus korras olen juba terve kevade hoopis armastusromaane lugenud. Mõne. Aga varsti saab sellest ilmselt palju rohkem kui kunagi varem. Ma punkte ei hakka enamasti andma, aga tunnistada seda ometi võin :)

Nii et jah, see kahtlemata annab värvingu mu kevadistele lugemistele.
Et vähemalt iga ülenädala ma PEAN midagi lugema ja se
Mary Ann
Sep 19, 2009 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
A lovely story. It makes you feel good curled up with it and a cup of tea kind of thing. What increases the enjoyment is the author's command of the language and writing talent. I am starting "Wild Mountain Thyme" next by her. A friend at the library has told me that her son, Robin Pilcher, is an even better writer than she is. So I'll read him next. I love stories set in England anyway, although this writer is Scottish.
Stacy Brady
Feb 24, 2016 Stacy Brady rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Mar 15, 2015 Bev rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, novel
While an enjoyable story, it was a rather odd choice for me. A 20 year old girl runs away from her London home with her 11 year old brother, they head for Scotland, run into a blizzard on a lonely road, the car crashes, they make their way to an isolated mansion where they learn that the telephones are out and the road to town is closed off. And nobody dies. Nobody gets murdered. It's just a nice love story with a hint of bodice ripping involved.

I had not read Pilcher before and found myself en
Karen Hufman
Apr 19, 2015 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it
I always like Rosamunde Pilcher, she's like comfy blanket you want to wrap yourself in. Caroline is a 20 year old, who is about to be married, yet feeling adrift. With a lot of changes going on in her family's life, she agrees to take her younger brother, Jody, to Scotland, to meet an older brother on a impromptu trip. She ends up meeting a stranger who may put her on the right path. It was typical Pilcher but because of the time it was written there was a lot of smoking in the story. I found th ...more
"Caroline Cliburn was to be married next Tuesday, and yet she suspected that gratitude was the wrong reason to become a bride. Perhaps that was why she and her younger brother Jody had taken the long drive north to Scotland in search of her missing brother Angus. As the landscape grew more stark and wintry with each passing mile, Caroline recognized the coldness inside her even more. But she never dreamed that a sudden spring blizzard would leave them stranded by the roadside. Or that snow in Ap ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Debb24601 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, swoony
Fair warning: Sometimes I like reading older books. This was written in 1972.

This was a great short read by one of my favourite UK authors. I tend to romanticize England and Scotland and Rosamunde Pilcher feeds that while knocking it down at the same time. This is one of her simpler stories, a quick read, and surprisingly swoony once Oliver comes into the picture. These characters kept me on my toes; I wasn't sure for most of the book exactly who I should be rooting for -- so I didn't root for
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was ok
I can't remember why it didn't grab me, but it seemed thin compared to my favorites: The Shell Seekers, September, and Coming Home.
May 01, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it
Caroline, who is about to get married, drives to Scotland with her younger brother to try and see their estranged older brother. She is stranded in a snowstorm and takes refuge. An enjoyable light read with very believable and sympathetic people...

I first read this book in 2000, then lent it to somebody and didn't see it again. So it went on my wishlist a few years later, and I was delighted to receive it for my recent birthday.

On re-reading, nine years after the first reading, I'd totally for
Mar 29, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scotland
Caroline Cliburn is to get married in a week and assumes that the upset stomach is pre-wedding jitters. Her eleven year old brother Jody confides in her that he had a letter from their older brother Angus who they've not seen for years. He was writing from a hotel in Scotland where he was working. Jody convinces Caroline to take a couple days and drive up to Scotland from London so they can both see Angus again. Of course, what is a simple plan is anything but simple and that upset stomach is.. ...more
May 17, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it
First sentence: Banked in scented steam, with her hair wound up in a bathcap, Caroline Cliburn lay supine in the bath and listened to the radio.

Favorite quote: Suddenly the adventure was an adventure no longer, but simply an act of the greatest possible folly.

This is one of her older books, but a charming read. It's fun to read something lighter in between heavier books.
Dec 30, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
2.5 stars for me. Pilcher's books are essentially sweet vignettes of english country life with plenty of twee romance and happily-ever-afterness. In this case I wasn't crazy about the pouty waif of a heroine, and I didn't find the romantic conclusion altogether plausible* but I was looking for a pleasant bedside table read and that was exactly what I got.

*angrily force-feeding a woman soup while she weeps isn't particularly romantic
Jan 13, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok
My least favorite Pilcher book so far. I didn't like any of the main characters (except maybe Jody) and why would Caroline fall in love with a guy who was always telling her to "shut up" and that he was going to beat her if she didn't eat her soup? This is a silly romance novel but a quick read.
Aug 07, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I read a book by this author. It made me remember how much I enjoy British terminology. Set in England and Scotland, this story involves a rare snowstorm in April which causes an unexpected encounter and turn of events for the characters. Delightful!
Alanna Khalil
Jan 16, 2015 Alanna Khalil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a nice little Pilcher read

A short book for Pilcher set in Scotland. A good read, but wish it could have been longer - more full of Pilcher detail and character development. Nevertheless a nice book in front of a fire one night.
Aug 01, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
I've come back to this book a couple of times over the past 20 years or so. This time, I just needed a quick palette cleanser after my last book, so I picked this one up, remembering it as sweet and charming and something I could get done in an evening.

Somehow with this reading,though, I lost a little of the charm of it. It's a thinner story than I wanted to remember, waif-like, like the heroine (who really is younger and more foolish than I wanted to believe).

I'm honestly feeling a little sad a
Feb 11, 2014 Kw rated it liked it
Not up to her usual incredible standards, but a fun read nonetheless. Just a bit too tidy or something. The pieces fit into place almost too neatly. Still, I will read anything I can find by this amazing author.
Jun 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: british-setting
3.5 stars

Probably not one of Pilcher's best stories, but I still liked it. I think to best enjoy this you have to read between the lines a little. Pretty much follows her "formula"
Andre Satie
Apr 09, 2014 Andre Satie rated it liked it
Not Rosamunde's best. The "bad girlfriend's" character needs to be developed in a less cliche's manner, and the story needs to be longer in order for the "good girlfriend's" story to develop.
Becky B
Jan 29, 2015 Becky B rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chick-lit lovers, Black & white movie fans, Scotland enthusiasts
Recommended to Becky by: Grandma in-law
This is a simple, clean (as in, could have been made into a screenplay in the 1940s with no editing)romantic fiction set in Scotland in the early-ish part of the 20th century. If you've seen any black and white movies from the 30s-40s, you've probably seen this plot line. Girl is engaged to be married to a guy (who the reader can see is obviously wrong for her). Girl gets stranded somewhere where she meets another guy (who is obviously SO much better for her),...and I'm sure you can guess how it ...more
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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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