"An awesome pre-WWII coming of age saga you will not want to miss!"
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted August 7, 2017
Saga | Women's Fiction
Judith Dunbar is sad to be saying good bye to her best
friend Heather after the exciting end of winter term and
Christmas Party they just experienced in their
Porthkerris Council School. The future is a bit
uncertain for both of them, yet they vow to stay in
Despite her Aunt Biddy living in the coldest house in
Christendom, fourteen year old Judith has a most exciting
and wonderful Christmas with her aunt's family where she
is almost treated as a grown-up. The frigid winds of
Cornwall soon brought some changes to Judith's life that
would set her on a very different course than she ever
imagined. How will she fare in this changed new life?
With her magnificent writing style, the renowned and
highly regarded Rosamunde Pilcher instantly immerses you
into the life of a young girl living in the harshness and
beauty of Cornwall, England in 1935 in COMING HOME. The
novel is set in a time of great uncertainty for both
Judith and her country. This wonderful coming of age
story is massive and filled me with delight and nerve
racking anxiousness as I kept turning the pages to
find out what thoughts and experiences Judith and her
friends would experience as both her life and others had
dramatic turns of fortune after World War II was
declared. It is both easy to read and glorious in length
and so descriptive you can hear the sound of seawaves as
I have been a long time reader of Pilcher's books and I
fully appreciate the evocative way she is able to
balance the heartbreak and despair in life with the
unexpected kindness and delightful interactions between
family and friends. Many of these moments are so
poignant and rich in detail that they must be based on
Pilcher's own experiences or that of her close family and
friends. I also love the friendly and good natured
Judith as a protagonist as she is resilient and resolute
(Perseverance is her school's motto as it was in mine in
Canada); yet, she remains an ordinary person and not a
super-perfect heroine. COMING HOME is filled with many
secondary characters and they are so realistic in their
attitudes, mannerisms and dialogue you can instantly see
them in your mind.
Recently released in North America, COMING HOME was
previously published in England and a mini-series was also
made of it -- a treat for fans who love to read the book
and then see the story and the wonderful scenery in
COMING HOME is full of many coming home visits and it is
sure to be treated as a reading gem by Pilcher's many,
many fans. If you have not read Pilcher before, you are
sure to relish COMING HOME and will want to read her
Against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before
World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the
turbulent war years, this involving story tells of an
extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips
with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term,
In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding
school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her
father in Singapore. At Saint Ursula's, her friendship with
Loveday Carey-Lewis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap
world of the British aristocracy, teaching her about values,
friendship, and wealth. But it will be the drama of war, as
it wrenches Judith from those she cares about most, that
will teach her about courage...and about love.
Teeming with marvelous, memorable characters in a novel that
is a true masterpiece, Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher is a
book to be savored, reread, and cherished forever.
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