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Coming Home

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  9,430 ratings  ·  529 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.
Published July 1st 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 1st 1969)
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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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Janice Williams
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
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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
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
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
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
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
A delightful book. Unfortunately ended.
Paola (A Novel Idea)
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
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
Maggie Devine
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
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.
Amy Beth
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'd always got the impression that Pilcher wrote cheesy romance, but after being told by a friend that she reminded them of Jane Austen, I gave her a go. Here's what I thought.

While I can see why people make the Jane Austen comparison (everyday people, some romance, making ordinary things interesting), I think there are more differences than similarities. Pilcher isn't a concise writer (I always feel like there isn't a wasted word in JA), and her prose isn't nearly as witty or elegant. But JA i
One of my small guilty pleasures is an occasional Rosamunde Pilcher novel. They are fairly modern English novels about rather realistic women--but the characters are still are very sensible about having tea each afternoon--or any time they need to chat or solve a problem. This one is the story of a young girl growing to a woman during the years of the Second World War, as well as all her friends and family. That war was so very long for them and so awful in the way it took away lives and turned ...more
Tina Culbertson
Do you like big fat books, the sort that tell a family saga and have you so immersed you are sorry to see it all end? This is the book for you. It's set in the time period before, during and then after World War I. You'll read about Judith Dunbar who, at age 14, is left behind at a girl's school in Cornwall while her mother and little sister depart for Singapore to join her father.

This story takes you through Judith's younger years in England and her great friendship with the wealthy Carey-Lewis
The first thing I did when I picked up this book at a used book sale was throw away the dust jacket - too frilly and flowery, too women's magazine. Even so, Rosamunde Pilcher has become one of my favorite authors. She has a way of writing that makes you feel good about the world and the people in it - not that her characters don't have problems - but so much of today's fiction is ultimately depressing (murder, incest, child abduction, disintegrating families - all of which happens, but sometimes ...more
This story starts out in Cornwall, England just prior to WWII. Judith, a 14 y.o. girl, is enrolled in a boarding school when her mother and 4 y.o. sister return to Singapore to rejoin the father/husband who works there for the British government. At boarding school Judith's best friend, Loveday, is a student who boards during the week but goes home on weekends. Judith becomes like a member of Loveday's family. The book follows the lives of Judith and her family, and Loveday's family over the nex ...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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“Other people's houses were always fascinating. As soon as you went through the door for the first time, you got the feel of the atmosphere, and so discovered something about the personalities of the people who lived there.” 8 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.” 7 likes
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