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La maison abandonnée

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,318 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Virginia n'a jamais oublié l'homme qu'elle avait rencontré à la fin de son adolescence, au cours de vacances en Cornouailles... Stanley avait peint la vie de couleurs magiques et promis de l'appeler avant son retour à Londres. Mais elle était repartie déçue et blessée par son silence. Dix ans plus tard, jeune veuve et mère de deux enfants, elle revient en Cornouailles et, ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published by Presses de la Cité (first published 1971)
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure-reading
A sweet, short, but very satisfying Pilcher novella. Her gorgeous descriptive powers at their best, she takes us once more to Cornwall and the sea. She makes me want a small cottage and a large country kitchen and a garden full of wildflowers. And, of course, a rugged handsome fellow to sweep me off my feet.
One of Pilcher's best novellas! There is so much atmosphere and a wonderful magical feeling in this story. It really sweeps you away to a wondrous place (unless you happen to live by the sea in Cornwall already) and her descriptive style really shines here. The story was sweet and charming and the characters endearing.
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
οχι απο τα καλυτερα της ....παρολα αυτα με ηρεμησε και ξαναγυρισε η ορεξη για διαβασμα
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosamunde Pilcher always makes me want to crawl into the pages of her books and live there. She is just the best. No one writes books like this anymore.
There are beginnings of the books when I know that I found another favorite author. I felt such in love with e.g. Georgette Heyer and Elizabeth Taylor. I am pretty sure that Rosamunde Pilcher will be my next precious writer (I must read another one book to be sure).

She stared at him, accepting for the first time the fact that personal tragedy is just that. Personal. Your own existence could fall to pieces but that did not mean that the rest of the world necessarily knew about it, or even bothere
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good, quick, clean romance. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is I felt that Pilcher didn't spend enough time establishing why the main characters connected in the first place. In order to have a good romance, an author has to establish the sparks between the characters. In addition, this book was really more of a journey of self-actualization than a romance. It was nice to read a story about a woman coming into her own, so to speak, but unfortunately it made the romance ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read this decades ago, I remembered all of it. It's the perfect length for this story.

It's more than just the usual current modern "coming of age" woman's tale (as if having sex and being adult in work or school decisions even approaches true adulthood LOL!) but much more. It's a full coming into her own will and identity as a self-directed person. And its context is also perfection for the majority of women's lives during the first 3/4ths of the last century. And not just in England, eit
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Sep 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2009
A widow returns to Cornwall to recover from the 'flu. She feels that her mother-in-law and her children's Nanny are running her life, and decides to rent a rundown house and bring the children there for the month of August. She also meets a farmer that she had fallen in love with at 17, he lives close to her rented house and has still not married ten years later.

An early Rosamunde Pilcher, it is not as good as the later ones, but is still a good read.
Χρήστος Αναστασόπουλος
Αν και θα ήθελα λίγο περισσότερο -όπως σε όλα τα βιβλία της άλλωστε, γιατί δεν τα χορταίνω ποτέ- μου πρόσφερε ακόμα ένα σίγουρο ταξίδι! Δεν περίμενα τίποτα λιγότερο από μια εξαιρετική συγγραφέα!!! Έπιασα τον εαυτό μου –μετά την ολοκλήρωση του βιβλίου– να αναζητώ πτήσεις και καταλύματα για Κορνουάλλη, με αποτέλεσμα να βρω ένα υπέροχο διαμερισματάκι με 32 ευρώ την ημέρα...
Chris Gager
I wonder how many times G'reads will say I've read this book already - I keep screwing that up! At any rate, this will be my first Rosamunde Pilcher novel. I was determined to read something from a different perspective than "Dog Soldiers"(very male) and this is what I wound up with. Seems like it will be some kind of a love story, but that's ok and it seems to be pretty smoothly written. My book is a hardcover large print edition from 1973.

I almost finished last night, but had to hit the sack.
Diana Hockley
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rosamund Pilcher, in my less than humble opinion, is one of the very best writers of gentle fiction. Of course, I have read The Shell Seekers and loved it, but haven't read anything of hers for a few years. I came across this short novel - not a novella - in a hospital bookstall and of course pounced on it. I read it in around 3 hours while waiting around and travelling home on the train.

Written in 1973 and first published in 1990, Pilcher's style of writing will no doubt not be fast-paced enoug
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, england
Twenty-seven yr old Virginia Keile has come to Porthkerris on vacation while her two children are in London with her mother in law and the Nanny. The last time Virginia was in Porthkerris was ten years before. During that visit, she met Eustace Phillips. Because her mother didn't approve, the relationship was never allowed to develop and she was whisked back to London for her coming out year. Rather than face the social scene, Virginia married Anthony Keile and moved to Scotland. Now Anthony is ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a, romance, cosy-feel-good
Why was this so short? It finished just as it was getting really interesting! Actually, although it is a gentle, quick and easy read, this novella is beautifully and skilfully written; this is the Rosamunde Pilcher I have grown to love.

The romantic thread, and the plot as a whole, were extremely simple, but what made it so endearing were the descriptions. Yes, I know, one doesn't usually like a book full of descriptions, a weak plot and a heroine who does everything she's told to do, but this o
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly a memorable plotline, unlike some of Pilcher's other novels, but still very enjoyable. The story revolves around Virginia, recently widowed, who is taking a break with an old friend in Cornwall. All she wants is a quiet, simple existence with her children in a relaxed environment.

This book is a sort of growing-up for Virginia as she starts to take control of her life. There's also - perhaps inevitably - a very low-key romance, with flashbacks to the past, both in her late teens and
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorrie by: I read Pilcher books because of The Shell Seekers!
I bought this book at the used paperback bookstore. It's been sitting on my desk for a month or so. Today I have a sore throat and am a little under the weather so I thought I'd take it easy and read a new book. This book was excellent!! It was way too short! It was really good but there was not enough detail--it was way too short! That's why I just gave it a 4. I really enjoyed the love story, Porthkerris, Virginia, her children, and Eustice.

Pilcher mentions Porthkerris so often in her books t
Gostei, embora depois de ter lido "Os Apanhadores de Conchas" não possa dizer que seja Rosamund Pilcher no seu melhor...
No entanto é um bonito romance de amor, mudança, segundas oportunidades... suave, ternurento... com belas descrições da Cornualha!
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, a, cozy, uk
Much too short for my taste. Just when I was really enjoying it, it was over.
Parva Chhantyal
A sweet story about love and life! This book is about getting a second chance.

It is known that every girl has to have one unhappy love affair before she finally meets the right man and settles down and gets married. Virginia, a 27-year-old widow and a single mother of two children goes to Cornwall to recover from flu but instead, encounters with a man she fell in love 10 years ago. At 17, she was too vulnerable to fight for her first love and in distress, chooses a wrong person to marry. It is a
Nicholas Trandahl
Well, this was unexpected. An English friend of mine mentioned in passing that her favorite book was 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher. My interest was piqued, but I decided that I would read a shorter novel by Pilcher to get a taste of her brand of fiction before getting too invested. And thus I bought 'The Empty House'. I wasn't expecting to fall in love with English Women's Literature/Romantic fiction from the 1970s (my own tastes a conglomerate of Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf), ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I love this author's other books, this one was horribly annoying because of the extremely condescending and lecturing male love interest. After discovering our heroine back in town (after the resent death of her husband) he barrates her for her indecision on whether she should retain the family nanny, keeping her children with her (she's taking some time alone while the kids stay with grandma) and basically tells her to grow a backbone and take care of her children in the way she knows is ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Rosamunde Pilcher's settings. She has a relaxing style and her heroines are Mary Stewart-lite. BUT this 27-y-o woman with two children (whom she has never really looked after, since mother-in-law and nannie have taken charge) meets a man-she-met-once-as-a-teen. Three meetings later... they decide they're destined to be together. I can't imagine many young men would want to marry a woman-and-two that suddenly! It's really more of a 2 1/2.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-setting
Probably one of my favorite of the shorter Rosamunde Pilcher books...

Another reviewer called it a "gentle" story and I really like that description of her books in general. I am a fan of her writing.

I love the setting of Cornwall, and how she describes everything. I can picture it all in my head.
Yes, it's probably a stretch to think things could really happen like this. But, you WANT to believe it could!!

A must-read for Pilcher fans!!
She is my favorite author.
Pamela Pamelita
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
υπέροχη ποιητική και ρομαντική Ρόζαμουντ Θεωρώ ότι γράφει εξαιρετικά.!!!!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a short and sweet romance story about a 27 year old woman becoming aware of who she wants to be, taking charge of her life, and owning a sense of independence for the first time. I wanted the book to be longer - it ended abruptly, and I really wanted to know what happens next for the lovers. Pilcher has the gift of descriptive writing that places you in the moment along with the characters. There are lots of sensory images that enhance the plot.

Virginia Keile has returned to Cornwall n
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A couple of chapters into this one it began to dawn on me that I'd read it before, probably four or five years ago. I couldn't remember the ending and it's short so I read it through again. It's about a young mother who is trying to adjust to life with her two children after the accidental death of her husband. She rents a run-down cottage by the sea near an old family friend in Scotland. Also nearby is a farm run by a man she once came close to having a romance with. What happens from there is ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Rosamunde Pilcher's writings and this short but sweet novel was no exception. Anything set in Cornwall is truly stunning in my view and I love how Pilcher paints the setting, the scenery and the locals. This book has you questioning motherhood, widowhood, family, loyalty and more but at the same time whilst doing all this it's cozy, inviting and warm.

She stared at him, accepting for the first time the fact that personal tragedy is just that. Personal. Your own existence could fall
Ellen Rennels
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I really like almost anything by Rosamunde Pilcher, I am totally biased and expected to enjoy it. It didn't disappoint though certainly more chicklit than serious novel. It is short and sweet, beautifully written, a gentle lovely story. It is a love story with all the usual aspects but told in the usual British civilized manner. There is family drama, some plot trails that move too quickly to be believed, and others that are realistic enough. All in all, a lovely escape from reality, less ...more
Michelle Restall
I wasn't ready for it to end!

Amazing story from an extraordinary author, I'm gutted the book ended. In fact how dare it end! I kept trying to turn the page on my kindle, to realise it was pointless, it had finished! Follow up please!
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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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