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Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
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Jan 23, 11

bookshelves: own
Read from January 20 to 23, 2011

Winter Solstice is a story of tragedy, of hearts that have been shattered and haven't mended, and of an unlikely gathering of people... who heal each other, who happen to be for one another the thing that this person or that person needs to move away from the grief that has created the circumstances which brought this motley crew together. The scenery, the setting, the plot, and the characterization are thoroughly, even lovingly, tended to, and Scotland is itself a character, as it is in most of Pilcher's books. Her love of the land and of the people in it are evidenced in Winter Solstice.

I would have given it five stars, except for the fact that, like Ayn Rand before her, Pilcher uses the deus ex machina of characters suddenly stumbling onto unexpected sources of wealth in order to solve their problems. As well, there were many extremely convenient occurrences that made parts of the plot possible and so these parts of the book seemed contrived.

All in all, a beautiful read, and yet another example of why Pilcher ranks amongst my favourite authors.

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