The queen of comfort reads ... the literary version of wrapping up in a cosy blanket.
'Reading this anthology of short stories was like being wrapped in a cashmere shawl and travelling back to the recent past where people drank sherry before dinner and seemed to have more time. Highly recommended reading that will lift you during this difficult period we are experiencing. Find a saggy, chintz armchair, a log fire and a glass of sherry and indulge . . .'
An antidote to challenging times, this set of stories from a much-loved author has a comforting nostalgic feel - cosy and reassuring - with Rosamunde Pilcher's signature insight into domestic hopes and yearnings, taking us into a gentler world.
A PLACE LIKE HOME is a wonderful treat for fans of Rosamunde Pilcher's writing. Each story resonates with the echoes of a voice that is at once familiar and beloved. Reading this collection of love stories does indeed feel just like returning to a place like home.
As with every Rosamunde Pilcher story - long or short - I began to read and couldn't stop
How lyrical it is, yet how deeply the stories touched me. I've often found it difficult to concentrate on a long novel but these stories are perfect for the times, exquisite little gems of romantic escapism taking me completely away to another time and place.
I absolutely adored A PLACE LIKE HOME. It took me back to a different time and place of pure, simple delight. It's so deliciously retro and I mean that with oodles of compliments. You can feel the warmth of the Aga, the smell of a new bottle of scent, the fragrant sip of a glass of Sherry. It's such a balm. I feel so lucky to have this collection sitting on my shelf to dip in and out of. It's a keeper.
We need stories like these right now! I love the way Rosamunde Pilcher gets so cleverly to the heart of the matter in her stories; she is truly the Queen of Emotion. Reading her stories took me back in time to when I read the superb The Shell Seekers. She has always combined love and landscape in an inspirational way.
I loved every word. I honestly wasn't sure what decade I was reading in, and it didn't matter - the characters, their emotions, their hopes and loves felt completely timeless and so entirely compelling. Each story drew me immediately into its world: Scotland, the Mediterranean, a misty beach on horseback . . . I was immersed. I have to make a special mention of 'Skelmerton' - I felt like it could so easily have become an entire novel, yet worked so beautifully in this form - but there wasn't a single tale I didn't relish. And no surprise - it was Rosamunde Pilcher writing, after all. What an incredible storyteller.
Wonderfully comforting and uplifting. If you love Harriet Evans or Lucinda Riley's books, you're sure to love Rosamunde Pilcher too.
This collection of romantic short stories are the absolute sticky-toffee-pudding of the genre. A glowing preponderance of happy endings leaves you feeling like the blissful, newly proposed-to Sally who thinks she has sailed "into harbour after a long, lonely journey". Aah.
With her lyrical turns of phrase and uncanny eye for detail, Pilcher will whisk you away on a whistle-stop tour of glittering Mediterranean islands, brooding Scottish highlands and leafy Cotswold villages . . . Pilcher's prose is reassuringly gentle and unexpectedly profound.
Fans of Rosamunde Pilcher will love this collection of her most enduring short stories. Her characters are believable, memorable and unmistakeably British.
reading this book was like slipping into a warm bath - instant comfort, joy and relaxation. I promised myself I would read only one story, but one turned into two and before I knew it, I had devoured them all. Short stories require the particular, and very tricky, skills of delivering immediate immersion and reader connection and none of us should be surprised by Rosamunde's mastery of this - her evocative phrasing, finely-drawn characters and acute sense of place offer escape into a bygone world of quiet elegance and gentle romance. I didn't want to reach the last page, and when I did, stepping back into my own world felt strangely hard-edged and jarring.
A rare treat from one of the best storytellers of our time.
Of course, love wins out, most of the time, in these charming stories that are surprisingly comforting to read, like literary gravity blankets