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Coming Home [Paperback]

Rosamunde Pilcher
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The Porthkerris Council School stood half-way up the step hill which climbed from the heart of the little town to the empty moors which lay beyond. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! June 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite book. I'm reading it again - again.
My favorite thing about this book is the way you get to feel so close to all of the characters. You follow the life of one girl through WWII. It might sound a little boring but, believe me, this girl's life is anything but ordinary. She is left in a British boarding school while her parents are living in Singapore. She is 14 and starting school in an unfamiliar place. Eventually she makes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis (silly name, I know) and this changes her life drastically.
As Judith grows she encounters loss, love, and a creepy old guy. It's a book about growing up and, of course, coming home.
Rosamunde Pilcher makes all of the characters seem so real. It is easy to picture them in your mind and even easier to feel for them. Judith is not the only character whose life you get caught up in. There are many characters who we can all relate to. Personally, I think I'm a bit like Loveday.
Anyway, this book is a definite must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Coming Home June 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite book ever. By the end of the book, I felt so close to Judith, the main character. Ms. Pilcher does such a beautiful job of following Judith's life, you feel as if you know her. Definitely Rosamunde Pilcher's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Read July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It isn't often that an author such as Rosamunde Pilcher comes around. She writes in the narrative voice that literally coaxes you to go to the couch and curl up with a pot of tea and her novel. COMING HOME was the first Pilcher book I read and afterward I was captured as one of her biggest fans. Pilcher has a way with each of her books to capture her readers from the first page to the last. In any Pilcher novel the reader finds themselves relating to the main characters by feeling their pain and their happiness.
In COMING HOME, this main character is Judith Dunbar who finds herself torn from her family due to World War II. Pilcher takes the reader to Cornwall and a festive amount of characters that Judith begins to know. They are an odd assortment: The best-friend the reader cannot do without, the romantic, the family atmosphere that Judith so craves---- and in end, the excitement involved with simply putting all these characters together in one story.
After reading COMING HOME I found myself in love with Judith and her best friend, Loveday Carrie-Lewis. The entire novel was simply enchanting. Readers of Pilcher's are looking for a book written with class, a good narrative voice, and a happy ending.
COMING HOME has all elements that a good book has---- well built characters, a big problem, a careful solution, romance, relationships that steadily build, and the change that all main characters' make from the first time you meet them, to the last. COMING HOME is a wonderfully classy read. All readers will find themselves in enthralled with Judith's life and all who are in it.
At the end of each Pilcher novel you sigh because it's over, and you're running to get another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Will Make New Friends Aug. 13 2001
By nath
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book by Pilcher I ever read. Strangely, I have very mixed feelings about this book. Pilcher fans will certainly love it. The author does a wonderful job to get you acquainted with her characters. By the end, I truly felt that I had personally met all the characters in this book. It felt as though I had made new friends. I will likely never forget Judith, the heroine, and all the many people she meets during those years described in the book. Pilcher's way of describing (often in excruciating detail) every scene, room, mood, the weather, clothes, food, etc. allowed me to actually be right there with her characters. In that sense, this novel will stay with me forever. On the other hand, Pilcher seems to struggle somewhat when attempting to describe her characters' feelings and thoughts. Often, I was unsure why a character behaved a certain way and why he or she felt a certain way about others. Pilcher does a great job describing the war years from the British perspective. I really felt like I was living these horrible war years with them. I often felt tempted to make myself a nice cup of tea because tea seems to be the British answer to everything (loss, grief, joy, relaxation, etc.). However, there were points in this novel where I played with the thought of abandoning it. Too little seemed to happen to justify the pages and pages of text. But this I could not do. I felt compelled to wait it out with Judith and the others and see what life (or Pilcher) had in store for them. That is why I was so disappointed in the end. It seemed as though Ms. Pilcher finally got bored with her characters and abruptly felt the need to just bring it all to a conclusion. After all the heartbreak, longing, joys, losses and disappointments, the end seemed irritatingly flat. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comfort Reading Feb. 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I listened to the audiotape of this wonderfully descriptive book and thoroughly enjoyed Lynn Redgrave's remarkable narration. She is so good at this! (the only disconcerting thing I found with the tape was the random bursts of overly dramatic music. They seemed so out of place--inserted with no apparent thought given to what was occurring in the narration).
That said, I thought this story was lovely, typical Pilcher fare. One can be pretty sure that all the loose ends will be tied up, that the lost will be found and the bad dealt with in a most genteel manner.
I always appreciate the period details in Pilcher's writing and this was no different. The reader always learns something when reading her books. She manages to entwine historical facts in with a family story in a seamless fashion.
This is the story of Judith Dunbar and in a secondary way, that of Loveday Carey-Lewis, including all of both families (dysfunctional, functional, and in-between!). Covering the years of 1935 (when both girls were 13) through the end of the Second World War, this book was large in scope and in its portrayal of its many interesting characters.
Pilcher does a great job of character development - the reader is quite easily able to identify with the characters who populate this book. The genteel British lifestyle, despite the looming war, is lovingly portrayed.
I agree with the reviewer who thought a sequel would be interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another Pilcher classic. i want to live in Cornwall!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosamunde Pilcher is and always will be an amazing author, you'll feel...
Book arrived sooner than expected, in fantastic condition and i highly recommend Coming Home to anyone who always loved Land's End the book of England all with characters so... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lorraine Renaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Home
There is nothingI dislike about this book it is a perfect novel. It is for me a coming of age novel. A girl pretty much left on her own. Parents abroad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sand flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Comming Home
This book I have read over 10 times and my original copy was becoming tattered. I ordered this one on line and though used it arrived in great shape - better than I had expected. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2011 by Maggie Devine
4.0 out of 5 stars Longer than it should have been.
I love Rosemunde Pilcher and her writing style. She's nothing short of fantastic. This book was an enjoyable read. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2006 by J. T. Sousa
3.0 out of 5 stars not the shell seekers
It's pretty difficult to rate any of Pilcher's books above the Shell Seekers. ... and this one does NOT make it.
Published on May 16 2004 by snowblaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to see it ended...
I became a fan with the "shell seekers" and read all her books ever since.
I relished every word of Coming home.... and I hope one day to visit Cornwall!!!
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by Daniela Korem
4.0 out of 5 stars The trip home was long but well-described
728 pages (hardback) of flowery descriptive prose that this aspiring poet loved and hated! I couldn't help thinking "where is that red pen? Read more
Published on Dec 23 2002 by Coleen Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Book Ever
This book is one of my all time favorites. It's an amazing story about a girl's coming of age during World War II. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by Molly I. Tinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Novel of Pilcher, Wonderfully Written!
I really got into the book after the first couple of chapters where Pilcher sets her tone of the story. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by J. Kirkman
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