Coming Home

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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, coming home...

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 ...

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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, coming home...

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 is a book to be savored, reread, and cherished forever.

For nearly five years, the bestselling author of such wonderful books as The Shell Seekers and Flowers in the Rain has been writing her biggest, most ambitious novel ever. This intensely personal story teems with marvelous, memorable characters, as it tells a story of coming of age, coming to terms with love and sadness, and, in every sense of the term, of Coming Home. 728 pp.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rosamunde Pilcher's most satisfying story since The Shell Seekers."— Chicago Tribune

"Captivating...The best sort of book to come home to...Readers will undoubtedly hope Pilcher comes home to the typewriter again soon."— New York Daily News

"Pure, old-fashioned pleasure. I loved every minute of it."— Cosmopolitan

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set around the time of WW II, Pilcher's tale of youthful friendship and romance spent 16 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (Aug.)
Ilene Cooper
Pilcher's novel is big, both in size and scope. Yet its charm is in its details. The book's heroine is Judith Dunbar, who is a schoolgirl of 13 when the tale begins in 1935. Sent to boarding school in Cornwall because her parents are posted to Singapore, Judith becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces her to a family and an estate, Nancherrow, that is to influence her for the rest of her life. Pilcher does a marvelous job of describing life in England before World War II. Readers, especially Anglophiles, will adore the care Pilcher gives to setting her scenes, decorating them with everything from Cornish wildflowers to china dogs to particular tartan plaids. The same care is evident later in the tale, as Pilcher chronicles the changes brought by the war to the fabric of British life. There is, of course, more to the novel than a carefully rendered historical backdrop. There is a story, too, and a quite involving one even if its outlines are familiar from other melodramas set against the dramatic events of history. As Judith makes her way to adulthood in the midst of great wealth, great tragedy, and, naturally, romance, Pilcher effectively balances the demands of plot with the pleasures of revisiting a different place and time. Fans of the author's previous books, such as "September" 1990, will know what they're getting into and willingly plunge in headfirst. A Literary Guild main selection and an 850,000 first printing indicate supreme confidence on the publisher's part.
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The bestselling author of The Shell Seekers and September has enthralled readers around the globe with her blend of romance and historical drama. In this beautifully detailed and memorable story, the life and times of Judith Dunbar are chronicled from her pre-war boarding school days, where she makes friends with a wealthy girl and is introduced to a privileged world, to the turbulent WWII years. As it tells the story of Judith's coming of age, the changes brought to England by the war are intricately woven into the story. Full of the warmth and characterization Pilcher's readers have come to expect from the popular author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312958121
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 977
  • Sales rank: 126,548
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosamunde Pilcher is the author of such worldwide bestselling novels as The Shell Seekers, September, Winter Solstice, and Voices in Summer. The Shell Seekers was a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. She is also the author of The World of Rosamunde Pilcher. Pilcher is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). She lives with her husband Graham and their dog in Perthshire, Scotland.

Biography

Prior to the phenomenal success of The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short-story writer, but it was with this novel that she found herself embraced by readers around the globe. She is now internationally recognized as one of the most-loved storytellers of our time and has gone on to write the celebrated bestselling novels Coming Home and September. She lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jane Fraser
    2. Hometown:
      Invergowrie by Dundee, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 22, 1924
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lelant, Cornwall, England
    1. Education:
      St. Clare's Polwithen, Howell's School Llandaff, then Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    One of my top 10 books - unforgetable...

    This is my favorite Rosemunde Pilcher novel. It has everything!! Romance, tragedy, war, deception and beautiful descriptions of the English Coast. The characters are unforgetable. You'll love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Praise for Coming Home

    A touching coming of age story set against the backdrop of WWII. The story follows Judith Dunbar as she struggles through childhood and beyond in the grips of the war. She suffers loss and yet still learns to have hope and courage. The book is full of memorable characters and rich language that transports you back in time. This is the kind of story that remains with you long after the last page has been turned!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Rosamund Pilcher is always good.

    Her characters are so real, they seem like someone you know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    My favorite book.

    Rosamunde Pilcher is my all-time favorite fiction author. I have all of her books (hardback) and put Coming Home on my Nook so that I will always have my favorite to reread. I also recommend The Shell Seekers to everyone. And Winter Solstice is wonderful - such a satisfying ending!! Thank you, Rosamunde!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Great read

    This book wasso good I couldn't put it down. The characters so real, like friends I wondered how they were doing when I had to leave their world of WWII Cornwall England to attend to mine. Pilchner creates a world with words so vivid it is like a vcacation to another time and place

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    typical pilcher--in other words WONDERFUL

    typical pilcher--in other words WONDERFUL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Loved This Book!

    I loved the angle of this book which tells about what it was like in the South right after the Civil War. Ms. Pilcher brings to life what life was like after the war ended. The plantation owners were stuck with massive blocks of land, but no one to farm it. On the other hand, the former slaves were free, but had nowhere to go and no means of making a living. Both populations needed each other, but everything had changed. Unfortunately, no one knew how to treat each other. Naturally, the former slaves did not trust their former owners, nor did the former owners know how to interact with their former slaves. They both still needed each other, but a completely new system had to be worked out. A system structured to the benefit of both parties...not just the plantation owners.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Glad I read this

    I feel like I'm reading her books last to first but I love this author

    Read them all in any order they are worth the time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Highly Recommended!!!

    You slip into this book as you would slip into a warm flannel robe on a cold night. You become engulfed in the saga she weaves. I wish she would do a sequel, as you become part of the "family" and hate to see the end.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    This is one of my 2 FAVORITE books by Rosamunde Pilcher!  The ot

    This is one of my 2 FAVORITE books by Rosamunde Pilcher!  The other is Winter Solstice.  She writes beautiful, endearing characters and this story is so full of adventure, heartwarming events, romance, and even some heartbreak.  I have read it at least 3 times.  I will read it again at some point.  And I will not want to put it down, even though I know the story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    I re-read this book every year. One of my all-time favorites, es

    I re-read this book every year. One of my all-time favorites, especially after living in England for 4 years. Just beautiful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    You'll fall in love with the characters. So beautifully written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    I have to ration myself

    I like this book so much that I'm careful not to read it too often, because the worst thing that could happen would be for me to read it to the point where I'm tired of it.

    A novel in the purest sense of the word. Not a romance novel as such, but romance abounds. It's just a really good story with some of the best characters there are, starting with Judith, of course, but Diana Carey-Lewis is unique (as she would, of course, prefer), the headmistress, the barrister, even such small parts are just perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    England at its best

    This was as good as The Shell Seekers. I could not put this book down. If you are at all interested in the British way of life, then this book will really interest you. Don't miss reading this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Loved every word written in this book

    I read Coming Home for the first time about 8 years ago. I loved it then, but, I think I like it even more this time. The characters are so vivid. Pilcher weaves a story you can almost see. Her narrative is so descriptive, you can't help but feel as if you are in the Carey-Lewis house when Judith is there. I'll be reading this one forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    Terrific story!

    I first read this book back in 1995. I couldn't get enough of it....it's the first book that, while watching TV, I couldn't wait for the commercials so I could read another few paragraphs! A very well-written story of the life of Judith Dunbar, from her early teen years through her twenties. Pilcher's style, and attention to detail, is such that I felt I KNEW the characters in this book as if I grew up with them. A timeless tale; this is a curl-up-in-front-of-the-fire story that will leave you wishing it would never end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    I loved this book!

    I loved this book. A great story to take your mind off the world around you. If youl like a story with rich details and you like to feel like you are in the book- you'll love it. One of my top 10 books of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Pilcher's Best!

    I read this book when I was 17, on vacation in Switzerland. I was homesick and jet-lagged when my cousin decided the best way to get my mind off feeling terrible was to read a good book. From the very beginning, I couldn't put Coming Home down. As you read the book, you feel as though you are part of the story, and you celebrate Judith's triumphs, and suffer through her tradedies as if you were actually there. The wonderful detail that Pilcher gives is very strong and convincing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Not To Miss

    Coming Home is an excellent, excellent book that I recommend to everyone! Judith captures your heart right from the start...and her affair with Edward bought tears to my eyes. If you need a book for the holidays, make sure its this one!

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