This is a strange time of year to be reading a wintery, Christmas book… but here is the backstory. I had a 2-hour drive to make this weekend, and wanted to try out an audiobook. I looked at a few books I’ve been wanting to read (Tana French’s In the Woods) and they were almost $30.00 which seems way too much to spend. So I thought of a book that isn’t a new release, an author I love, and someone with an english accent that would take me to the countryside… and I chose Rosamunde Pilcher! I absolutely loved her other novel, The Shell Seekers, and decided to give Winter Solstice a try.
Set in a quiet English village, Elphrida leaves her busy life in London to start anew. She befriends a local family and starts to get comfortable when a tragedy occurs. At the same time, her niece, Carrie, leaves her job and married lover in Switzerland and moves back home to London to find her own sister flying off to Florida and leaving her daughter in Carrie’s charge. The main characters all seem to end up at a charming Scottish cottage for Christmas, which is where the magic begins. Needless to say I am hooked! The story is so interesting, introducing various characters in the beginning and turmoil they all seem to be going through. Rosamunde is great at character development and adds twists and turns throughout. I am about halfway through and can’t wait to listen to more. A long walk is definitely going to be in my near future so I can keep listening and find out what happens.