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Flowers In The Rain: & Other Stories

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,194 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Rosamunde Pilcher...

She makes you laugh...
She makes you cry...
She takes you to a world of hope and romance...
And into the lives of people you'll never forget.
She's Rosamunde Pilcher,
America's most beloved storyteller...
And this is her gift to you.
Paperback, 355 pages
Published July 15th 1992 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1991)
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Nov 28, 2009 Jessika rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessika by: Mimi
Rosamunde Pilcher has just become one of my new favorite authors. This is the first book of hers I've read, and not to use a cliche (I'm going to anyway), but her writing is so comfortable. It's cozy, like curling up in my favorite big comfy chair with a steaming cup of tea. She paints perfect pictures for her readers so they can envision the scenery she describes. She writes about everything that is familiar and welcoming about the different seasons and settings. "A Walk in the Snow" and "Skate ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love her . I always feel like I have had a cup of tea and heard a good story from an old friend.
Jul 20, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this collection of short stories several times. I would love to live in one of Rosamunde Pilcher's Scottish or Cornish villages. The stories explore universal themes like love and marriage, friendship, birth, death, and dreams coming true. She writes about all types of characters, children, young women, bachelors, newlyweds, older gentlemen and mothers and fathers. All of the characters are likeable and full of life. My favorite story is "The Blackberry Day." Claudia, who has been enta ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Janis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosamunde Pilcher's books just plain make me feel good. Perhaps they're sentimental, even sappy, but I feel like being a better person when I read them.
This collection of short stories may not have been as good as some of her novels, but a number of the stories brought a tear to my eye. Guess I'm just a sentimental fool.
Apr 30, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of short stories, many of which Rosamunde wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine in the 1950's. They take you back to a time where true love could be found in a look or holding of hands.

This is so Brittish in writing that a cuppa tea and a biscuit should accompany the reader to a pretty garden to read.

Abosolutely loved it refreshing for a change.
Oct 20, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1992, January 1

oddly, the only story I remember is not listed as being previously published, but I'm almost positive I read it in Good Housekeeping years ago.
May 07, 2008 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-fiction
Sweet, romantic short stories. Pilcher is a good writer and and can really draw you into her storylines in a short amount of time. Nice read on a lazy day.
Annie Kate
Jan 09, 2016 Annie Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After rereading this book for the umpteenth time, I realized that if I ever write fiction, I want to write like this.
Apr 26, 2011 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable series of short stories. One theme that runs through them - the women tend to marry men who are at least 15 years older than themselves. Curious.
Feb 11, 2009 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I am just not that in to short stories. Cute, but too short for any real development
Jan 18, 2017 Merry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
A collection of short stories by Rosamunde Pilcher, this book was fun to read in that it was like getting an executive summary of what could potentially have each been a full length novel. Written in the cozy style of Picher, each story predictably had a happy ending. I read this after finishing a psychological thriller, so it was perfect timing. If you're looking for a break from heavier drama type books, this one fits the bill.
Nice book with nice endings to each story. Great for holiday reading.
Ramona Lazar
Dec 12, 2016 Ramona Lazar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read lately.
I was so upset to think that I had come to the end of these short stories by our beloved, Rosamunde Pilcher. They were fantastic!!! Some of them were even equal to "Shell Seekers" which I truly loved. I wish this were my own personal book instead of the library's book and I have to return it. I would like to be able to reread a story at random when I want to.

Perhaps my favorite was "Endings and Beginnings". This was the story of Aunt Mabel in her castle. Mabel and her late-in-life husband had n
Oct 17, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes short stories
Recommended to Mary by: My friend Noeleen
In this second collection of short stories written after 1985's The Blue Bedroom and Other Stories, Rosamunde Pilcher writes all about love and the pinings of the heart. From the familial style to the bittersweet pang of first love, these sixteen stories showcase all the joys and sorrows experienced by a variety of lively and unique characters. Whether it's a mother's love for her son expressed as she talks to him on the morning of his wedding, or a son's enduring love for his widowed mother and ...more
Oct 23, 2007 Mrs. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
MSJA Book Club selection, October 2007. I've read this collection of short stories several times. Her stories explore universal themes like love and marriage, friendship, birth, death, and dreams coming true. All of her characters, children, young women, bachelors, newlyweds, older gentlemen and mothers and fathers, are so engaging and lifelike, you feel as if you want to befriend each and every resident of her Scottish and Cornish villages. One of my favorite stories is "The Blackberry Day." Cl ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Hazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows my reviews or my reading habits will know that I hate short stories. I picked this book up when I was clearing my shelves in the study to redecorate and thought I would give it a try. I am trying to clear out some books to donate to a charity booksale at my husbands work and I thought this would be a quick read, mainly as I foresaw myself giving up after a couple of the tales.

At last a collection of short stories that were enjoyable. Each of them were complete stories and did no
1st book selection to read in my new Reading Scotland Challenge for 2013 !

Like to join us ? Welcome! From now to Nov 30th 2013...

Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories- by seasoned Scottish author Rosamunde Pilcher doesn't disappoint!
Compilation of Short stories, some previously published in women’s magazines as noted.
Well rounded representation of contemporary shorts situated in Scotland during various seasons including Christmas and winter. Several I found to be quite poignant and will look
Apr 03, 2014 Terry rated it liked it
These are the short stories that seem to be the trial developments for her characters and scenarios in Winter Solstice. Not that that is bad. It just is.

The stories are thought provoking and some even got me to shed a tear.

There is some blatant agism themes running in this book - wanting to pack it in because the 30th Anniversary of Marriage means your over the hill, not feeling able to tend to the garden (at the age of 40 and in good health with money - give me a break).

I think my favorite st
Laura Burdekin
Some of the short stories in this book were quite sweet and I really got into them, but inevitably they all ended far too abruptly for my liking. There was a lot of potential in most of the stories to develop the characters and the plot further, and make a really good read, but in the 15-20 pages that the author had allocated, this could not happen. As such many of the women in the stories came across as weak women who felt they could not live without a strong man in their lives. Now don't get m ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Sep 26, 2015 Lisbeth Solberg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisbeth by: Ann Robinson
Shelves: short-stories
Any of these stories alone would be satisfying, but together they begin to seem like the same story. The standout star of all of these is the English countryside, and sometimes the castle-like houses nestled therein, waiting for happy new residents to properly care for them and their rambling gardens. And I wish I could import some of that cool, rainy weather here to hot, dry California.

Of the lot, I liked best the one about the bright painting and its eccentric and previously unappreciated arti
Jan 21, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
I love Rosamunde Pilcher. Her sensible characters, friendly villages and Scottish landscapes make me smile. My favorite story in this collection is "Blackberry Day." Claudia returns north to nurse her broken heart and reconnects with a man from her past. I love the scenes on the train and when she and her old friend go hill-climbing. Pilcher does such a wonderful job of drawing her readers into her characters' world.
As a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher's other books, I was very disappointed by this. I felt as if the stories were very lifeless and repetitive; each one seemed the same, and the characters seemed reused in every story. There were a few memorable moments (I enjoyed Endings and Beginnings, Last Morning and The Red Dress especially) but overall this book just fell flat.
Uno di quei libri che potrei definire "little guilty pleasures". Letture senza pretese, per un momento di svago, come intermezzo tra altri titoli più impegnativi. Le storie di Rosamunde Pilcher potranno non essere eccezionali, ma mi piacciono molto le sue descrizioni della Gran Bretagna, mi vien voglia di mollare tutto e trasferirmi nella brughiera.
Dec 27, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My six year old pulled this off the shelf at the library for me, sure that I would love it. Its not something I would have chosen for myself but she was so excited I gave it a try.

They were nice, simple stories about love and relationships. A little benign for my taste but they were still a pretty good read. I may try one of her novels in the future.
Apr 23, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a gift from a dear friend who is downsizing and needed to get rid of books. LOTS of books! I hadn't read Pilcher in a long time. It was fun to read her work again, almost like a visit with a friend whom one sees infrequently. This is a story collection and will suit those who find themselves needing "comfort food" in their reading diet.
Lee Anne
Jan 13, 2013 Lee Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: girlie
Reading this one again in January 2013. (A note said I read it in 2008. Can't believe I've read this before? None is at all familiar.) Very nice, but not as moving as the collection in "The Blue Bedroom." The last 2 little stories were very touching: one about a mother & son, the other with a nice life lesson.
Nov 13, 2008 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: Judy Barnette
Like most of the books I read by Rosamunde Pilcher this compilation of short stories often ends with a sickeningly happy love story. However, the last story, "Skates" is the story of two sisters and the one I liked the most. Their relationship bares a slight similarity between the one my sister and I shared when we were younger.
Apr 05, 2013 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally find short stories to be trite, but was pleasantly surprised by the interest and depth that Pilcher brings to the genre. This would be a great book to read before traveling to the English countryside.
Stephanie "Jedigal"
It's been a long time. From memory, I wouldn't think of this as serious literature, but as pulp somewhat. However, I remember enjoying these stories, and having the feeling of being uplifted by them, feeling good and happy after having read them, which is certainly a plus.
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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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