September

September Viral Kindle I happily discovered Rosamunde Pilcher less than two years ago when I read The Shell Seekers I adored that book I immediately added nearly all of her novels to my list o

September Viral Kindle I happily ‘discovered’ Rosamunde Pilcher less than two years ago when I read The Shell Seekers. I adored that book! I immediately added nearly all of her novels to my list of must-read books. Coming Home was my next encounter with her work and I was equally enthralled. At that point I laid aside my prior misconception that Pilcher wrote only ‘chick-lit’, a genre towards which I am not personally drawn. There was so much depth to her characters and the writing was so intelligent and tasteful that I had to reevaluate my preconceived notions. This book, however, fell short of the mark and landed more in the territory I had been trying to bypass. Now, that’s not to say it was a horrible book; in fact, I loved the first half of the book to pieces. Pilcher draws you into a story by the skillful introduction of her characters. This particular book, however, did throw quite a few names out that initially confused me. I eventually became familiar with each as individuals and managed to keep everyone straight. I delight in her ‘older’, more experienced with life characters the most – this is where she excels, I think. These are, for the most part, older women that have the benefit of time and wisdom on their side. Violet Aird reminded me of my favorite character, Penelope Keeling, from The Shell Seekers. I would have been quite happy if Ms. Pilcher could have focused on Violet a bit more in this novel, but that wasn’t quite her intent. What did manage to aggravate me in September were the somewhat unbelievable actions of more than one character. Following an effective sketching of the characters, I thought I mostly had a handle on each of them. But then the story took a turn and some characters behaved in a manner that I just didn’t understand given what I had been told about them thus far. We started to venture into the dreaded waters of melodrama at the expense of what had been competently written characterizations. I never wanted to set this book down; never considered abandoning it. Despite my complaints above, I was still invested in the story enough to want to turn to the next page and see how this would all play out. There was a mystery surrounding the return of one character that had exited the scene twenty years ago. She had left Scotland to marry young and move to California, never returning even for her parents’ funerals. Why did she leave? What made her decide to finally return after all those years? An invitation to a twenty-first birthday party couldn’t be enough motivation to make a reappearance, could it? I simply needed some answers!! Of course, Pilcher never fails to captivate with her splendid descriptions of setting. Here we spend most of our time in the beautiful country of Scotland, with a couple of detours to places like London and the picturesque island of Majorca. Her language always makes me yearn to visit these places one day. It is worth it for that element alone, but you may need a bit more to inspire you to read this one. I would say, grab one of the other two I mentioned in my review if you really want to immerse yourself in a wonderful story. This one, I would not highly recommend, but if you are already a Pilcher fan, then you may want to consider it as well. I plan to continue my quest to read more of this author’s writing, hoping that this is perhaps, for lack of a better word, the ‘worst’ of her novels. They can’t all be five star books!"The past was always golden because one recalled only the good times. But what about the darker side of memory? Happenings better left where they were, shut away, like sad mementoes stuffed in a trunk, the lid closed down, the key turned in the lock. Besides, the past was people, not places. Places without people were like railway stations where no trains ran.". As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time, while the decision to send her little grandson away to school iAs spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time, while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart Far from them all is Pandora, the glamorous, exciting girl who ran away twenty years before All will converge on Scotland this September.. Bestseller Books September I have varied thoughts about “September”......my first book by Rosamunde Pilcher.There is nothing particularly extraordinary about the plot: A big party - dance - is going to take place in September for Katy on her 21st birthday. Most of the action - or lack of action - takes place in Croy, Scotland....with visits to London. For me - what kept me reading - with invested interest - was that I was reading this book with a group of wonderful women. We’ve been discussing this novel in a group thread daily ( the month of Feb). We’re having a blast of fun with this book - but it’s because we’re making it happen!!! Otherwise — without the ladies with me — I might have given up. Since our group is discussing the specifics- more gritty details there, I’ll share a few random thoughts and feelings here. Rosamund Pilcher has a huge fan of readers. Women love her books. Personally - I’m not jumping to read another book by her next week - I appreciate the type of writer she is. I ‘did’ enjoy this novel - but not without a little kicking and screaming from my inner voice.My inner voice speaking: [WHEN NOT READING THIS BOOK]…”Oh, must I really get back to it?” .......”It’s slow ....and I forget the names of all the characters”. My OTHER VOICE SAYS: [ WHEN READING IT]..... “Yippy me....I ‘don’t’ have dementia after all - I have finally gotten the characters straight”. “I’m engaged with the characters - this town - the local drama - and I’m having fun connecting with my reading group - picking apart the ‘happenings’ with the other ladies. This book is actually pretty darn good. Gotta get with the slow-burn- and be in the mood for it. Several characters in “September” have a name starting with the letter ‘V’. It drove me a little batty for awhile. Three other main characters have names that begin with the letter A. A couple of other characters with names beginning with the letter I. After reading 18% on my kindle — then putting the book down for a day or two —to read another book, I found myself IN TROUBLE. I frickin had to start over. I was moving in the wrong direction for a long book - with other books to read to boot. Are you feeling my pain? Lol There are a lot of characters in this little village of Croy to remember....with not much going on other than THEIR LIVES and us knowing their business....From their walking, gardening, cooking, eating, sleeping, talking to one another, describing one another, shopping, worrying, arguing a little, describing their homes, furniture, wallpaper, pets, references to the famous grouse, the weather, the surroundings, the clothes, people’s bodies and appearance, people’s choices, the children, marriages, general community history - memories- and gossip chatter - and of course INVITATIONS are BEING MAILED OUT.THE PARTY IS SEPTEMBER 16th....I’ll share no more: God forbid I should give away the juicy details Haha!ITS ALL DETAILS..... so grab a cuppa tea - a few biscuits- a cozy blanket - a comfy chair — and enjoy a COZY COUNTRYSIDE NOVEL!!!A little sample writing: note....I could have picked anything.... this is just one of dozens: “As Isobel, worn out with the daily demands of her busy life, retreated from time to time to the linen room, so her husband found solace in his workshop.This was the basement of Croy, an area of stone-flagged passages and dimly lighted cellars. The old boiler lived down here, a brooding, smelly monster that looked large enough to drive a liner, and demanded constant and regular attention and enormous quantities of coke. As well; one or two other rooms were still employed —to store unused china, unwanted items of furniture, the coal and the logs and a much-diminished wine cellar. But mostly, the basement stood deserted, hung with cobwebs and invaded each year by families of field mice”.Whew!!! I can’t NOT rate this book anything less than 4 stars. The author worked too hard, and so did I. Yet......something WAS very satisfying to my SOUL....I’m guessing for the author too!

  1. 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 her first short story when she was 18 From 1943 through 1946, Pilcher served with the Women s Naval Service On 7 December 1946, she married Graham Hope Pilcher, a war hero and jute industry executive who died in March 2009 They moved to Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today with a dog in Perthshire They had two daughters and two sons, and fourteen grandchildren Her son, Robin Pilcher, is also a novelist.In 1949, her first book, a romance novel, was published by Mills Boon, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser She published a further ten novels under that name In 1955, she also began writing under her married name Rosamunde Pilcher, by 1965 she her own name to all of her novels In 1996, her novel Coming Home won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by Romantic Novelists Association She retired from writing in 2000 Two years later, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE.

351 Reply to “September”

  1. I happily discovered Rosamunde Pilcher less than two years ago when I read The Shell Seekers I adored that book I immediately added nearly all of her novels to my list of must read books Coming Home was my next encounter with her work and I was equally enthralled At that point I laid aside my prior misconception that Pilcher wrote only chick lit , a genre towards which I am not personally drawn There was so much depth to her characters and the writing was so intelligent and tasteful that I had t [...]


  2. I have varied thoughts about September first book by Rosamunde Pilcher.There is nothing particularly extraordinary about the plot A big party dance is going to take place in September for Katy on her 21st birthday Most of the action or lack of action takes place in Croy, Scotland.with visits to London For me what kept me reading with invested interest was that I was reading this book with a group of wonderful women We ve been discussing this novel in a group thread daily the month of Feb We re h [...]


  3. I enjoyed The Shell Seekers so much I jumped to read another on of her books Pilcher s novels are full of description and character and the countryside of Scotland At first I was not sure about her, as I was pretty sure she was on my mom s nightstand back in the day but she s got It Instead of a quick spicy snack, her books are a long comforting meal best eaten slowly and with a nice glass of wine.


  4. Another satisfying Rosamunde Pilcher novel I am so glad my mum told me all about her, now I seek at least one to read over the summer break it s just that kind of wholesome soulful reading September was a touch long, but still with that feeling of warmth, of coming home This is the way I feel when I read Maeve Binchy, also I like feeling this way This is so sweet, I feel we don t think of the simple stuff any He had his supper and his bath, and was now in bed reading his library book, which was [...]


  5. I like Rosamunde Pilcher Her novels manage to give home making the importance and satisfaction it deserves I always want to tidy up my home and put out some fresh flowers after finishing one of her books She has strong, older female characters who seem so real This is a great read for what else, September


  6. 2.5 stars, rounded down.I have always thought of Rosamunde Pilcher as one step up from chick lit, but I must say September pretty much falls directly in that category for me It has that warm, Pilcher feel and the complicated twists and turns, and glamorous characters and settings, but it lacks meaning and cohesiveness and in the end seems much ado about nothing.I read it back in the early 90s when it was released, and I remembered absolutely nothing about it That was strange in itself, because I [...]


  7. I finished this book last week again for maybe the 10th time Everytime I read it, I love it and It s a book that pulls you into the beautiful world of Scotland and weaves you through the lives of well rounded, fascinating characters.


  8. What better saying to mention to an author than that of she has a way with words Certainly this is ever so true with Ms Pilcher as she carefully and what seems effortlessly draws the reader into her characters and her setting In this beautifully told tale, we meet wonderful characters, the Airds, the the Ishaks, The Lord and Lady Balmerino, and so many others d then there is Scotland, presented to us in all its glory, a beautiful, gorgeous land so striking a picture with its traditions, kindness [...]



  9. Moartea nu nseamn nimic Nu conteaz N am f cut dec t s m strecor n camera cealalt Totul r m ne exact a a cum a fost Eu sunt eu i tu e ti tu, iar via a de demult, tr it mpreun i pe care am iubit o din toate puterile e neatins , neschimbat ntre noi doi continu s existe ceea ce a existat ntotdeauna Spune mi pe nume, ca i p n acum Vorbe te cu sinceritate despre mine, ca i p n acum Nu i schimba tonul vocii Nu arbora un aer for at, solemn sau trist ncearc s r zi, a a cum r deam mpreun de glumele care n [...]


  10. Rosamunde Pilcher writes very readable stories I enjoy all of her books, but some than others Please note that I have rated this book compared to the author s other novels It was good, but she has written better.I had no idea that the Noel in this book was the same Noel from The Shell Seekers To tell you the truth, I didn t recognize him at all and was pretty surprised when it finally dawned on me of the way into the book It presented a bit of a dilemma for me since I HATED Noel in The Shell Se [...]


  11. A huge saga that looks at the lives of two main families and their friends over a 4 month period A large cast of characters that resulted in me having to write the names on a list A slow moving story it never boring covers a few different countries a few dramas and a huge secret revealed As per usual with a Pilcher novel every aspect of human lives feuds, love, illness and friendship, was an easy read.


  12. I gave this 5 stars not because it feeds my soul, but for the lovely journey sated feeling I had by the end I wanted to continue visiting with these people I saw that this book was on a list of most comforting books I can wholeheartedly agree with that It s like putting on warm socks curling up in front of a fire with good friends and hot chocolate or tea, if you like Lush descriptions of rural Scotland and peopled with a variety of interesting characters One moseys through this novel, not reali [...]


  13. I had a really hard time getting through this book I thought that there was too many characters that were hard to keep track of I had a hard time keeping all of the relationships straight It was very descriptive to the point of being to descriptive I started skipping over a lot of the description I really enjoyed the last 100 pages, but for the 600 before that I thought numerous times about quitting.


  14. I vividly remember the first time I read this book I was just starting graduate school, and I had arrived in Houston, Texas, exhausted and strung out from a long summer of working nights and having too many romances I had about a week before school started, and as I didn t know anyone, I spent most of the time comfort reading the type of novel I knew that I would not be assigned in my English literature course I remember lying on my quilt, being semi cooled by the blast of an old fashioned air c [...]


  15. Well, I guess the honeymoon is over I love Rosamunde Pilcher, really, I do The lady is an amazing author So, what happened here I really wanted to love this This had so much potential The scenic landscape of Scotland alone could almost take me happily through half a book This starts off okay, but I feel like this just went flat Oh, I still sing the praises of Rosamunde Pilcher and I still have so many of her novels yet to enjoy This great lady has written two of my favorite novels of all time, T [...]



  16. What a lovely, languid, comfortable book I adore these books by Pilcher, where you sink into comfortable surroundings and spend time pottering about with people Not very much too grand or dramatic happens for much of the story You just read it as if you were vacationing in these people s steadfast, amiable lives When the end comes and you think back you realise that a lot did happen, that buried in the little things are great truths and changes somewhat like life itself There are a few less than [...]


  17. It took me some time to get into the book, which is quite long Had to keep track of a lot of characters all in different places and make sense of their relationships Once that was acquired, it became one of those great Rosamunde Pilcher novels With, in fact, some characters that were also in The Shellseekers I wish I had Pilcher to read, besides her short stories, which I will probably never read as I am not a short story lover.A good read all in all.


  18. September is a novel set in Scotland about several characters who are invited to a dance party for a young lady turning twenty one Katy Steynton, the honoree, plays a very minor role in the novel in fact the reader hardly meets her until close to the end of the book However there are several characters invited to the dance who come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and who make choices that affect not only themselves but their loved ones.Edmund and Virginia Aird must decide whe [...]


  19. Rosamunde Pilcher is a delightful writer, a WONDERFUL story teller and the queen of descriptive writing The book is perfectly detailed just enough that it doesn t become daunting This is a family saga that follows the lives of 2 families the Aird s and the Balmerino s So many beautifully developed characters that became a part of my life Perfect read for Autumn


  20. Rosamunde Pilcher is one of those authors I return to, again and again September is one of my favorites Set in Scotland, it follows the lives of two families, the Airds and the Balmerinos Pilcher s characters are likeable For the most part, her women are strong here it s Isobel and Violet Pilcher characters grow with you, there is a depth to them that is often found lacking in popular novels As the summer wanes, the countryside prepares for a ball The prodigal daughter returns home A young boy d [...]


  21. I thought I knew what this book was about Once again, Rosamunde Pilcher completely wrapped me up in her beautifully written book I cannot wait to get my hands on


  22. First book this year to make me ugly cryd I loved it Pilcher knows how to write about complicated and flawed characters that you love so much She s even better at complicated family dynamics This book was lovely.


  23. Although these days Pilcher s work would be categorized as women s fiction, there s no getting around the fact that she writes an excellent story Her characters come alive in a seamless plot involving two Scottish families in the months leading up to a great party, and she creates a world that the reader inhabits without interruption This particular book did not move me in the way The Shell Seekers did when I read it years ago with tissue in hand at the end of the book , but it s a fine read nev [...]



  24. Rosamund Pilcher paints such vivid word pictures in September you can smell peat smoke from the the village chimneys Made to feel like part of the family, the reader is pulled right in to a long overdue reunion where inevitably people s flaws are revealed Like a hearty Scottish meal, this book satisfies, making you glad you lingered at the table, then stayed for a night cap in this case, whiskey and soda.


  25. Rosamunde Pilcher has been a favorite of mine for years I always get completely and totally wrapped up in her novels with the exception of maybe one or two of her oldest ones September is my favorite of hers Every character was one that I felt I knew by the end of the book and I ve enjoyed it the handful of times I ve re read it over the years She s a comfort writer for me I read her books when I want to get fully wrapped up in something that makes me feel good throughout.


  26. Reading a Rosamund Pilcher novel is akin to curling up in a blissfully saggy huge arm chair beside a roaring fire Comfort at its best Not my absolute favourite of hers Coming Home is unbeatable but still a rollocking good read A story of love Family and friends.Life and death Lives intertwined overlapping and, of course, dogs, land rovers, heather and huge country houses.


  27. Very warm and cosy as per usual with Pilcher I did find this one to have full, rich details, but the general plot didn t move me as much as The Shell Seekers Still, one of those books I ll definitely want to come back to when I m less wrapped up in work.


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