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Rosamunde Pilcher Top 5 Books

Updated on February 9, 2015

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Rosamunde Pilcher writes easy to read, sweet novels which are full of details of people and places. Mostly set in Cornwall or Scotland, you can almost feel the wind from the sea or touch the heather. Family and belonging is another central theme in her books. Here is a list of the books I consider to be her Top 5. You are more than welcome to have a look and then give us your view.

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Nr.1- The Shell Seekers - Pilcher Rosamunde

The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers

The whole story centers around Penelope Keeling and her family. She is now in her 60's and recovering from a heart-attack. This makes her look back on her long, rich life. The choices she's made, and the influence her artist father had on her. His paintings are now worth a lot. Should she sell the painting her beloved father gave her, the Shell Seekers? Penelope is a kind, loving person, but also unconventional.

The Shell Seekers is a wonderful family saga, spanning over three generations. It shows what an impact World War II had on ordinary people. It also shows how strong love really is, a returning theme in Rosamunde Pilcher's books.

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rosamunde pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Cornwall in 1924. In many of her books she returns here, in some way or another. Scotland has also been her home for some time, which shows in her books. She started writing romantic novels, women's fiction, in 1949 and continued until 2000. Dozens of books by Rosamunde Pilcher have been printed. Her son, Robin Pilcher, has followed in her foot-steps as an author.

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Nr 2- September - Pilcher

September: A Novel
September: A Novel

This book is set in Scotland. In a small village, everybody's life is interwoven somehow. Some bonds go back to years passed, while others are based on present family-ties and friendships. Everything comes to a peak in connection with the lavish party a family is throwing for their daughter. People from all over the world are invited, all in some way connected to the village. While this is not a continuation of the Shell Seekers, Noel, the son of Penelope, is part of this book too.


Nr. 3- Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice

The main character in this book is Elfrida Phipps. Very eccentric, retired from the stage, she buys a small cottage in a village. Here she meets both tragedy and love. Together with Oscar Blundell, she makes the long trip to Scotland. They spend the winter there, and friends and family are drawn their house. Everybody has some personal sorrow or problem, but all together they find comfort and healing.


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Nr 4- Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher

Coming Home
Coming Home

Even this book develops during the time of the Second World War. Starting in 1935 when Judith Dunbar is sent to boarding school in Cornwall. She becomes best friends with a girl whose family invites her into their home and hearts.The life of the privileged class both before and during the War is well described. When Judith's family goes missing in the War, they all stand by her side. As usual, Pilcher weaves the story with threads of love, both of the unhappy and enduring kind.


The books by Rosamunde Pilcher are quite predictable. Beautiful scenery, heroines finding love. This is part of the charm of her books. It's like a much loved blanket you wrap around you when it's cold. A feeling of home and security.

Nr 5- Wild Mountain Thyme - Pilcher Rosamunde

Wild Mountain Thyme
Wild Mountain Thyme

This book gravitates around an estate in Scotland. The story is stretching it a little, with Oliver Dobbs kidnapping his own son and running away. To help him he puts emotional pressure on an old girl-friend, Victoria Bradshaw. She's already suffered once with a broken heart because of him. This time, however, she is more mature and also surrounded by people who believe in her. Who could have thought that she would find true love in Scotland?


Rosamunde Pilcher Movies


Many are enjoying the films based on Rosamunde Pilcher's novels. Quite a few of them have been made in Germany, then dubbed to other languages. The films resemble the books in that they really show the beauty of the landscape. If you like the books, you will most likely enjoy the films too.


Christmas With Rosamunde Pilcher

Christmas With Rosamunde Pilcher
Christmas With Rosamunde Pilcher

The author here shares her Scottish Christmas traditions and memories.Beautiful pictures of Scotland mixed with special Christmas recipes.


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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Yes, I love her books! Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite authors. There are some books here that I haven't read yet so I'll check them out!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have not read any of her books, yet.

      Thank you for the review and introduction. :)

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      I am a fan of her books.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      I will get one of these books! They seem to be very romantic!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Yes! I have read her books and love them. One reason is that I recognize myself in her caracter! Very nice lens!