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Snow In April

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,336 ratings  ·  99 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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Bonnie
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
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JayeL
Aug 22, 2010 JayeL rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
Rachel
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.
Julie
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.
katinameow
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
Mary Ann
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.
Bev
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
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Karen Hufman
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
Kate
"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
Debb24601
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
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Kaethe
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.
Emily
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
Sue
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
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Sue
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
Kathryn
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.
Mary
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
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.
Sarah
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
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Kw
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.
Angie
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
Paula Dembeck
After traveling to Scotland hoping to make contact with her brother Angus, Catherine is hurrying home to London to marry the man chosen for her. On the way, she crashes her car into a snow bank and is rescued by a gentleman from a large estate who has just buried his younger brother. They spend time together and learn they are both about to make terrible mistakes in their lives.

This is a rather simple predictable story. There are no complex characters here. Caroline’s is a real disappointment--i
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Constance MsRilken Av
Firstly, when I bought this book I had no idea when that it was published in 1972! I mean I read some weird stuff but I didnt give much thought to it and now I feel really stupid.

Anyway, back to the book.The characters kept me on my toes; I wasn't sure for most of the book exactly who I should be rooting for. It was breathtakingly romantic, I can admit that, although I found the ending a little forced. It gave me the idea that the two main characters were happy, they became friends and they like

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Christine
I usually love Rosamund Pilcher and I really wanted to love this book, but there was just something about it. Near the end, when everything just seemed to be thrown together just didn't seem very realistic to me. I don't know, maybe this book just needed to be about another 50 pages longer.
Marci
can you imagine going all the way to scotland in the hopes of locating a brother only to get trapped during a snow storm in a house isolated from everythiing but occupied by a man with a past full of tragity? The result is of course involvement.
Abigail
Poorly written, even for romance candy. The characters were flat, the plot was stake, weak, and implausible.
Peg
<3 <3 Just when I think I've read all of hers, another title appears. :)
April
Nov 12, 2014 April rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: wtf
This is a pathetic and sad little story full of ridiculous characters.
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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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