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Coming Home

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,782 Ratings  ·  590 Reviews
For nearly five years, the bestselling author of such wonderful books as The Shell Seekers and Flowers in the Rain has been writing her biggest, most ambitious novel ever. This intensely personal story teems with marvelous, memorable characters, as it tells a story of coming of age, coming to terms with love and sadness, and, in every sense of the term, of Coming Home.
Paperback, 977 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 1st 1969)
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Jan 03, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
I really love Rosamunde Pilcher books. I hate how they look like sappy romance novels because somebody put dorky flowers and curlicues all over the cover, but rest assured, they're far from that genre. This is one of my particular favorites. It follows a girl (left in boarding school in England while her family goes to Singapore) before, during, and after WWII and goes back and forth between Cornwall, London, and various South Pacific locations. It's fairly epic in length--I think it clocks in a ...more
Feb 15, 2008 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves WWII era stories
I read this when I am craving comfort and familiarity. Rosamunde Pilcher's books are like a hot bubblebath. You sink into the story and resurface a few hours later feeling refreshed.
Jun 02, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
This is possibly my favorite book of all time. It follows 14-year old Judith in pre-WW II Britain for about 13 years -- through pre-war family disruptions, boarding school (where she meets a new friend with an interesting family and a wonderful country house), the war itself (as a WREN, which takes her to Ceylon), and back to post-war Britain to find missing family and sort out her life.

I loved every part of it -- the girl herself, her family and friends, the country house, the romances, the vi
Oct 03, 2012 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When looking at the cover of this novel I had no idea that I, being male, would ever enjoy this story. Boy was I wrong. I fell in love with the characters and the setting of this timeless piece of art. I sometimes consider myself a literary snob and was looking for something completely different to read. I now rank this book right up there as one of the most absorbing and emotional reads I have come across in a long while. For a previous reviewer who wrote this is poorly written, I would beg to ...more
Jan 01, 2008 angeljoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves descriptive British writing
Coming Home covers the young life of Judith Dunbar. The book follows her from entering boarding school at about 14. Her mother and father have gone overseas with her father's job. Then WWII hits. Judith is left on her own, yet along the way, via her best friend at school, there are people who enter her life and become her second family. Nothing is rushed in this book, which is as it should be. I enjoyed the descriptions of the countryside and homes. A lovely British read that has me wanting endl ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
For the first third of the book or so, I felt it was moving too slow and was getting bored. But then, I got adjusted to the pace and the style of things, and I started feeling relaxed and entranced by the good sense of the characters and the ever-present soothing cups of tea. The story takes a fourteen-year-old British girl through her years at boarding school and through the years of World War II. It was interesting to read about the experience of the Brits during the war and to think about how ...more
Janice Williams
Jan 03, 2012 Janice Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, world-war-ii
I was looking for something captivating and relaxing to read over the holidays and pulled Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home" (1995) off of our home library shelf. I'd bought it at the Athens County Library book sale for $3. What a find! This was a wonderful book by the author of "September" and "The Shell Seekers", two books which I also enjoyed.

Judith Dunbar attends boarding school in England while her parents and little sister are in Singapore. Her best friend, Loveday, comes from a wealthy fam
May 08, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, england, hist-fiction
This is probably my favorite Pilcher novel. It is a tender, gentle and very real story of a young girl coming of age during WWII. She lives with an aunt as her parents are out in the Far East. She becomes friends with a wonderful family whose lives and loves she grows to be an integral part of. Ultimately she must take on the responsibility of a young sister who survived the brutal invasion of the Japanese while their parents didn't. It is such a real life, with young people having to make grown ...more
Sep 09, 2007 Eileen rated it it was ok
Shelves: britlit, war
Ok, I have to do this. I find Coming Home trashy yet really compelling. I read it over and over when I'm sick, when I'm on a plane, when I feel terrible for whatever reason, and it's always escapist and comforting. Mostly it's that I'm compelled to read anything about WWII Britain; since this is so long and so much happens, I'm compelled to read it over and over again. At the same time I have some major problems with various business such as 1. ridiculous stereotypical characteristics/behavior, ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Claude rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-fiction, a, wwii, uk
Another unputdownable novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, about the coming of age of a young girl spanning the years of WWII.
Maybe the end was a tad too pat, but I won't complain. I just so enjoyed the book.
Jan 24, 2013 Dara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I give this 5 stars knowing that lots of people will have no patience for this book and that is just fine. But if you had to give me a list of things that make a book perfect for me this would be it. Long, British, 1940s, family saga etc. This gave me the same feeling I had reading L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott, it's so homey and familiar. It also has some really great details about life on the home front during World War II. Rationing, fuel shortages, blackouts etc. I could have kept re ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Pbwritr rated it really liked it
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Feb 08, 2011 Kewi rated it it was ok
Brideshead Lite... very light. I loved the Shell Seekers and liked September. This is a very weak production which rides on the popularity of those books - and I am really amazed that none of the reviews I've seen have commented on the class-consciousness and sexism which pervade the novel. Judith is a boring character who doesn't seem at all attached to any of the people who die tragically around her, some of whose deaths allow her to climb socially and improve her position, but not to actually ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A perfect big, fat book for sinking into during grey winter days. The first two hundred pages didn't have a lot of drama, but somehow they felt completely absorbing and enjoyable anyway, and then the last 600 pages were hugely dramatic and I couldn't stop reading! (I took 3 days to read the first 200 pages and 2 days to read the last 600 - which is definitely a sign.)

The final emotional scene at the end of the book felt just a tiny bit flat to me after waiting for it so long...but that's a very
Vinz Damayo
The story is among the classic world war 2 setting. But what sets this book apart from its counterparts (I've read Crossings/Danielle Steele etc) is the seemingly actual account of the events and characters that when you read Coming Home, you're like coming to London,Colombo, the Hotels, holidays and the vivid color of Pilcher's storytelling.

Reading it is a pleasure but addictive. I always get upset when I come to moments wherein I have to stop to sleep or work but inspired as well to be on the
Jan 06, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
This book was just too slow, with lengthy descriptions of flowers in gardens and furniture in rooms that didn't add to the story. While the main storyline of Judith is a beautiful love story, Pilcher has tried to squeeze too many characters into the book, and it just comes away feeling crowded. It was worth reading once, but I don't think I'd invest the time to read it again.
Jun 24, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Coming Home is a very specific beast, and that's four stars of a very specific sort. I don't consider them to be indicative of any great literary quality (consider, for example, the number of times the phrase "a moveable feast" is used - and that's a phrase too noticeable to be repeated often); instead, what characterizes Coming Home is a vaguely familiar sort of humanity.

I say "vaguely" because I can't quite name other titles that provide that same feel, though the novel does strike me as imme
Lizzie Dias
Feb 26, 2009 Lizzie Dias rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A delightful book. Unfortunately ended.
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Mar 15, 2013 Paola (A Novel Idea) rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 5/5

It is 1935, and thirteen year old Judith Dunbar is saying goodbye to her mother and baby sister for what will be seven long years apart. Her father has been given a new post in Singapore, but Judith won’t be joining her family there. Instead, she will be going to an English boarding school, oceans and continents apart from those she loves. At St. Ursula’s, the catalyst occurs which will change Judith’s life forever: she meets young Loveday Care
Aug 08, 2013 Carole rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book...from the beginning of page one to the end of page 991 & wish it could have gone on even longer. I wish the characters were real & that I knew them, that I could visit their homes, that I could share the beauty of the Cornish land and seascapes with them.

This is the 4th of Rosamunde Pilcher's novels that I've read and imo is far & away the best. I downloaded it ($7 and change) in April in anticipation of a July-August vacation & can't think of a more
Why is this book so long?? It really could use some editing. I stopped halfway through and read another book to take a break. The first half of the book was very slow for me. I loved the second half however. I do love this writer's style and the era in which the story takes place. I did get little annoyed at how the men in this story speak to the women but it is probably typical for the late 30s and early 40s. Still the women are strong in the 2 novels I have read by Pilcher. I discovered Pilche ...more
Maggie Devine
Sep 11, 2012 Maggie Devine rated it it was amazing
This book speaks to my soul. It is about family, friends, and finding a place where you belong. It is about life-changing moments, moving past tragedy, making the most of life in turbulent times, and more important, it is about living in the now and finding happiness with what you have. Set during World War II, one can't help but wonder how people coped with the losses they suffered on a daily basis, and this book is full of characters who are like the phoenix rising from the ashes of this war. ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 29, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Coming home by Rosamunde Pilcher
Have read some of the author's other works and have enjoyed them.
Book starts out with one life that starts out as a young teen and her world is turned upside down.
1935 and Judith Dunbar and her friend Heather Warren are attending school where Christmas parties are just ending and they are on their way home.
Judith will not be returning once school starts in the new year. She will be going to the strict St. Elizabeth where they have uniforms and she will be a board
Katherine Coble
Apr 15, 2014 Katherine Coble rated it it was amazing
I'm sad that it's over. I read 1000 pages and wanted to read more. If that doesn't tell you how flat out wonderful a book this is, nothing will convince you.
Amy Beth
May 05, 2014 Amy Beth rated it it was amazing
I read this book because my mother, who recently passed away, was a big fan of RP, and owned all of her books. I chose Coming Home to begin reading them because it sounded interesting, and because it was long .. which would, I thought, make me feel connected to my mother longer, and it did. This is an easy read, even though it is long. As I read it, I felt like I was channeling my mom, which was both comforting and enlightening. There is wisdom in this book. The kind that my mother imparted to m ...more
Emily-Jane Orford
May 04, 2012 Emily-Jane Orford rated it it was amazing
This is an epic story. At 977 pages of fine print, I suppose it should be an epic. It covers 10 years: from the mid-1930s leading up to World War II and the aftermath. Multiple character sketches and stories entertwine and well-described to enhance and strengthen the plot of the main character, Judith Dunbar. The agony of being left behind in England to attend boarding school while her mother and younger sister rejoin their father in the Far East. The torture of waiting for news that would never ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher follows Judith Dunbar for ten years before and during World War II in England. The book begins with fourteen year old Judith being left at Boarding school in Cornwall while her mother and sister join her father in Singapore. Judith soon makes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis and is swept into her family and their eccentric privileged life. Judith grows from a timid young girl to a woman and faces love and loss, joy and tragedy.

I've been in a mood lately where I
Nov 14, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, england, wwii
Judith Dunbar is 14 when she's enrolled in boarding school in England because her mother and younger sister are heading to Asia to join Judith's father. Judith is concerned about being alone but she becomes close friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis and is taken in by the family and spends much of her school breaks at their house. The Carey-Lewis family is economically ahead of Judith's family so she enters the world of the large house with butler, gardener, servants etc. After finishing high schoo ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book. I loved the main character Judith, although I never really got over feeling that a sense of loneliness and loss permeated her world no matter how close she became to the people she loved. Yet she still maintained her ability to love and be loved despite her loss and the distance she seemed to prefer to maintain in relationships after losing Edward. I've been thinking about the idea of loss in relationships a lot lately, and how perhaps I tend to lose out on a lot becaus ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Knitme23 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this book is not "amazing" in the high tomes of literature aspect. . . But it is amazing in that it is a Thumping Good Read, as the Common Reader used to say. It's huge, absorbing, and full of historical info that recreates a time period that fascinates me. Even though it's 728 pages (!!!), when I finished it (this is a reread; I've also watched the BBC movie), I thought, "I wish there was a sequel!"--that's saying something! Pilcher is at her best here as she creates characters that we ...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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“Alone. She realized how much she had missed the luxury of solitude, and knew that its occasional comfort would always be essential to her. The pleasure of being on one's own was not so much spiritual as sensuous, like wearing silk, or swimming without a bathing suit, or walking along a totally empty beach with the sun on your back. One was restored by solitude. Refreshed.” 11 likes
“She yawned and stretched, and settled back again on her pillows and thought how perfect it would be if sleep could not only restore one but iron out all anxieties in the same process, so that one could wake with a totally clear and untroubled mind, as smooth and empty as a beach, washed and ironed by the outgoing tide.” 9 likes
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