06/05/2004

Coming Home (by Rosamunde Pilcher)


Saga novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, one of my all-time favourite writers.

Judith Dunbar goes to St Ursula's boarding school when her parents and little sister return to Colombo. She meets the rather flighty Loveday Carey-Lewis, and is invited to stay at her huge and friendly house for a weekend.

Judith is supposed to spend her holidays with her Aunt Louise, but tragedy strikes not long into the book. The Carey-Lewises take her to their hearts, and her life becomes bound up with them and their other guests.

Set in the late 1930s, in the shadow of World War II, it's a well-researched book, different from others by this author. A little slow to get started, but gripping by the end. Lovely characters and a satisfying conclusion. 'Growing Up in the War Years' is my longer review of this book, and 'Film review: Coming home' is my review of the three-hour TV drama version produced in 1998.

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