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Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
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Nov 10, 2009

really liked it

Winter Solstice is truly a delightful story. It is one of those books that you just wished you had in hand when your outlook on the world is weary and dreary. For once in your lifetime, a book gives you a happily ever after ending. Oh, there is death, divorce, and the tawdry aspects of every day living, but the silver lining behind each little cloud almost makes you forget them.
Pilcher's tale could very well be entitled, a story of convenience. Why? You see after Elfrida's third love affair, the last one of which seemed to be the real thing, she decides to buy a dog which she names Horace and picks up stakes to head for Dipton in Hampshire. Once there, she buys a little cottage where she thinks she will spend the rest of her life, but conveniently ... Elfrida meets Oscar.
Oscar is a musician whose specialty is the organ. Elfrida, having been a singer and actress realizes that they have a common interest. Slowly, but surely, she is accepted by his family, but conveniently ...
Elfrida decides to make a visit to see her cousin Jeffrey and his family who live up by the North Sea. Conveniently, while she is away, Oscar's wife, Gloria, and his daughter, Francesca, are killed in a car accident. ( No sense of entanglement here!)
Upon, her return from Jeffrey's, Elfrida learns that Gloria's stepsons have inherited the house and Oscar must move, but conveniently... Oscar owns half a house in the north of Scotland.. Now they are both alone, but conveniently ... Elfrida is willing to go with him until he goes through his mourning process.
As I said, this is a happily ever after read. You will have to make the rest of the journey on your own. During your trip, you will meet who owns the other half of the house,plus Carrie, Dodie, and the wonderful Kennedy family.
In thinking about it, this book could rival, It's a Wonderful Life. Where is Jimmy Stewart? That's what I want to know.
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