Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher is a cozy, heartwarming character driven story. It is about an unlikely cast of characters who are all at crossroads in their lives for many various reasons. They end up together at a victorian house in Scotland. While there is a plot to this story, it is slow moving. The book is more about the characters, their stories and their coming together in the days leading up to Christmas.
Rosamunde Pilcher has a beautiful way with the written word. She pulls you in with her beautifully written and descriptive prose, making the reader feel as if they are right there within the story. Although the plot isn’t very fast moving, I found the book easy to read and the flow of the writing kept me turning the pages.
I especially felt for Oscar who is facing a tragedy that is every spouse and parent’s worst nightmare. Throughout the book, we follow Oscar as he comes to terms with the new realities of his life. I really enjoyed where Oscar’s life goes throughout the book and especially what happens with Oscar in the last pages of the book.
I also felt for Lucy who is fourteen and ends up at the house in Scotland with her aunt. Lucy is feeling unwanted by her mother and grandmother, two people who should always be there for her. It broke my heart to see them not care about Lucy, especially over the Christmas holiday. Thankfully, Lucy was able to find love and loyalty while in Scotland. Lucy’s time in Scotland changes her life forever as well as the lives of some of the other characters in Winter Solstice.
This was my first time reading any of Rosamunde Pilcher’s work, but it definitely will not be the last time. I really enjoyed her beautifully descriptive writing style as well as her ability to develop an amazing cast of characters. Rosamunde Pilcher infuses just enough plot alongside of her characters to make a most enjoyable, cozy winter read.