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As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time, while the decision to send her little grandson away to school iAs spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst into life, a dance is planned for September. The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most in her long life. The oldest, strongest and wisest of them all, she sees Alexa, her vulnerable granddaughter, find love for the first time, while the decision to send her little grandson away to school is driving parents Edmund and Virginia even further apart. Far from them all is Pandora, the glamorous, exciting girl who ran away twenty years before. All will converge on Scotland this September....

Title : September
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ISBN : 9780340752456
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 613 Pages
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September Reviews

  • Candi
    2018-11-22 20:44

    I happily ‘discovered’ Rosamunde Pilcher less than two years ago when I read The Shell Seekers. I adored that book! I immediately added nearly all of her novels to my list of must-read books. Coming Home was my next encounter with her work and I was equally enthralled. At that point I laid aside my prior misconception that Pilcher wrote only ‘chick-lit’, a genre towards which I am not personally drawn. There was so much depth to her characters and the writing was so intelligent and tasteful that I had to reevaluate my preconceived notions. This book, however, fell short of the mark and landed more in the territory I had been trying to bypass. Now, that’s not to say it was a horrible book; in fact, I loved the first half of the book to pieces. Pilcher draws you into a story by the skillful introduction of her characters. This particular book, however, did throw quite a few names out that initially confused me. I eventually became familiar with each as individuals and managed to keep everyone straight. I delight in her ‘older’, more experienced with life characters the most – this is where she excels, I think. These are, for the most part, older women that have the benefit of time and wisdom on their side. Violet Aird reminded me of my favorite character, Penelope Keeling, from The Shell Seekers. I would have been quite happy if Ms. Pilcher could have focused on Violet a bit more in this novel, but that wasn’t quite her intent. What did manage to aggravate me in September were the somewhat unbelievable actions of more than one character. Following an effective sketching of the characters, I thought I mostly had a handle on each of them. But then the story took a turn and some characters behaved in a manner that I just didn’t understand given what I had been told about them thus far. We started to venture into the dreaded waters of melodrama at the expense of what had been competently written characterizations. I never wanted to set this book down; never considered abandoning it. Despite my complaints above, I was still invested in the story enough to want to turn to the next page and see how this would all play out. There was a mystery surrounding the return of one character that had exited the scene twenty years ago. She had left Scotland to marry young and move to California, never returning even for her parents’ funerals. Why did she leave? What made her decide to finally return after all those years? An invitation to a twenty-first birthday party couldn’t be enough motivation to make a reappearance, could it? I simply needed some answers!! Of course, Pilcher never fails to captivate with her splendid descriptions of setting. Here we spend most of our time in the beautiful country of Scotland, with a couple of detours to places like London and the picturesque island of Majorca. Her language always makes me yearn to visit these places one day. It is worth it for that element alone, but you may need a bit more to inspire you to read this one. I would say, grab one of the other two I mentioned in my review if you really want to immerse yourself in a wonderful story. This one, I would not highly recommend, but if you are already a Pilcher fan, then you may want to consider it as well. I plan to continue my quest to read more of this author’s writing, hoping that this is perhaps, for lack of a better word, the ‘worst’ of her novels. They can’t all be five star books!"The past was always golden because one recalled only the good times. But what about the darker side of memory? Happenings better left where they were, shut away, like sad mementoes stuffed in a trunk, the lid closed down, the key turned in the lock. Besides, the past was people, not places. Places without people were like railway stations where no trains ran."

  • Elyse
    2018-11-22 23:34

    I have varied thoughts about “September”......my first book by Rosamunde Pilcher.There is nothing particularly extraordinary about the plot: A big party - dance - is going to take place in September for Katy on her 21st birthday. Most of the action - or lack of action - takes place in Croy, Scotland....with visits to London. For me - what kept me reading - with invested interest - was that I was reading this book with a group of wonderful women. We’ve been discussing this novel in a group thread daily ( the month of Feb). We’re having a blast of fun with this book - but it’s because we’re making it happen!!! Otherwise — without the ladies with me — I might have given up. Since our group is discussing the specifics- more gritty details there, I’ll share a few random thoughts and feelings here. Rosamund Pilcher has a huge fan of readers. Women love her books. Personally - I’m not jumping to read another book by her next week - I appreciate the type of writer she is. I ‘did’ enjoy this novel - but not without a little kicking and screaming from my inner voice.My inner voice speaking: [WHEN NOT READING THIS BOOK]…”Oh, must I really get back to it?” .......”It’s slow ....and I forget the names of all the characters”. My OTHER VOICE SAYS: [ WHEN READING IT]..... “Yippy me....I ‘don’t’ have dementia after all - I have finally gotten the characters straight”. “I’m engaged with the characters - this town - the local drama - and I’m having fun connecting with my reading group - picking apart the ‘happenings’ with the other ladies. This book is actually pretty darn good. Gotta get with the slow-burn- and be in the mood for it. Several characters in “September” have a name starting with the letter ‘V’. It drove me a little batty for awhile. Three other main characters have names that begin with the letter A. A couple of other characters with names beginning with the letter I. After reading 18% on my kindle — then putting the book down for a day or two —to read another book, I found myself IN TROUBLE. I frickin had to start over. I was moving in the wrong direction for a long book - with other books to read to boot. Are you feeling my pain? Lol There are a lot of characters in this little village of Croy to remember....with not much going on other than THEIR LIVES and us knowing their business....From their walking, gardening, cooking, eating, sleeping, talking to one another, describing one another, shopping, worrying, arguing a little, describing their homes, furniture, wallpaper, pets, references to the famous grouse, the weather, the surroundings, the clothes, people’s bodies and appearance, people’s choices, the children, marriages, general community history - memories- and gossip chatter - and of course INVITATIONS are BEING MAILED OUT.THE PARTY IS SEPTEMBER 16th....I’ll share no more: God forbid I should give away the juicy details Haha!ITS ALL DETAILS..... so grab a cuppa tea - a few biscuits- a cozy blanket - a comfy chair — and enjoy a COZY COUNTRYSIDE NOVEL!!!A little sample writing: note....I could have picked anything.... this is just one of dozens: “As Isobel, worn out with the daily demands of her busy life, retreated from time to time to the linen room, so her husband found solace in his workshop.This was the basement of Croy, an area of stone-flagged passages and dimly lighted cellars. The old boiler lived down here, a brooding, smelly monster that looked large enough to drive a liner, and demanded constant and regular attention and enormous quantities of coke. As well; one or two other rooms were still employed —to store unused china, unwanted items of furniture, the coal and the logs and a much-diminished wine cellar. But mostly, the basement stood deserted, hung with cobwebs and invaded each year by families of field mice”.Whew!!! I can’t NOT rate this book anything less than 4 stars. The author worked too hard, and so did I. Yet......something WAS very satisfying to my SOUL....I’m guessing for the author too!

  • chris
    2018-11-17 16:49

    I enjoyed The Shell Seekers so much I jumped to read another on of her books. Pilcher's novels are full of description and character and the countryside of Scotland. At first I was not sure about her, as I was pretty sure she was on my mom's nightstand back in the day... but she's got It. Instead of a quick spicy snack, her books are a long comforting meal best eaten slowly and with a nice glass of wine. :)

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-25 23:40

    Another satisfying Rosamunde Pilcher novel. I am so glad my mum told me all about her, now I seek at least one to read over the summer break - it's just that kind of wholesome soulful reading. September was a touch long, but still with that feeling of warmth, of coming home. This is the way I feel when I read Maeve Binchy, also. I like feeling this way. This is so sweet, I feel we don't think of the simple stuff anymore. He had his supper and his bath, and was now in bed reading his library book, which was by Enid Blyton and called The Famous Five. He heard the clock in the hall strike eight o'clock, followed by the sound of Vi's footsteps treading heavily up the staircase, which meant she was coming to say goodnight to him.Strong female characters that are not necessarily gorgeous, but still beautiful in their own way. These women run farms and households, help their friends and think nothing of driving 10 miles up the road to lend out their tablecloths and vases. These women help their friends and seem to have an inexhaustible supply of friendship and tea. "She wasn't in the least fashionable or chic, but she held herself so proudly, and that endowed her with a great elegance. She gave off an enormous charge of... enjoyment."September is the best time of year, and an entire family are coming home, first loves and long absences are being discovered in Scotland. The thought of boarding school to an only son who’ll dreadfully miss his mum. The surrounds are beautiful and scenery inviting. The characters are very likable and Scotland may not be sunshiny all the time, but it seems that most people are happy. "And you are her son. Imagine it. How strange life can be. At seventy-eight, you’d think that you’d stop being surprised, and something like this happens, and it’s as though the world has just begun.” The words of Vi, the capable and satisfied matriarch who is always helping her clan. Words spoken to a character related to the family in The Shell Seekers. A re-read, possibly? I think I'd like to re-visit that cast of characters.

  • Audrey
    2018-11-24 18:37

    I like Rosamunde Pilcher. Her novels manage to give home-making the importance and satisfaction it deserves. I always want to tidy up my home and put out some fresh flowers after finishing one of her books. She has strong, older female characters who seem so real. This is a great read for . . . what else, September! :)

  • Sara
    2018-11-26 20:40

    2.5 stars, rounded down.I have always thought of Rosamunde Pilcher as one step up from chick-lit, but I must say September pretty much falls directly in that category for me. It has that warm, Pilcher feel and the complicated twists and turns, and glamorous characters and settings, but it lacks meaning and cohesiveness and in the end seems much ado about nothing.I read it back in the early 90s when it was released, and I remembered absolutely nothing about it. That was strange in itself, because I could certainly outline the plots of most of Pilcher’s other books despite the time lapse. I think there was a reason. I imagine it left me confused and cold the first time around as well.I did enjoy the first half of the book and felt the requisite curiosity about how these relationships were going to develop. About half way in, several characters began to do things that didn’t feel consistent with what we had been told about them. In one particular relationship, I kept shaking my head saying that is ludicrous. I find it hard to truly enjoy a book that feels contrived or where people react to situations in ways that just don’t seem plausible. That is how this one left me feeling.So, if you want to read a lovely, warm Pilcher that hangs together and makes sense, please read Coming Home. September seems like a very heavy time investment for very little return.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-15 20:04

    I finished this book last week again for maybe the 10th time. Everytime I read it, I love it more and more. It's a book that pulls you into the beautiful world of Scotland and weaves you through the lives of well-rounded, fascinating characters.

  • Marialyce
    2018-11-16 18:37

    What better saying to mention to an author than that of she has a way with words? Certainly this is ever so true with Ms Pilcher as she carefully and what seems effortlessly draws the reader into her characters and her setting. In this beautifully told tale, we meet wonderful characters, the Airds, the the Ishaks, The Lord and Lady Balmerino, and so many others. ...and then there is Scotland, presented to us in all its glory, a beautiful, gorgeous land so striking a picture with its traditions, kindness, and togetherness of history and lineage. This novel was ever so beautifully done. It was cozy and warm and filled this reader with the sense that one really was able to know the characters. They became real and were people one longed to know as friends and neighbors. How nice to be able to read a novel where family and friends were the focus and life was dependent on the goodness and acceptance of others.

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    2018-11-15 00:01

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  • Maria Roxana
    2018-11-26 18:45

    ”Moartea nu înseamnă nimic. Nu contează. N-am făcut decât să mă strecor în camera cealaltă. Totul rămâne exact aşa cum a fost. Eu sunt eu şi tu eşti tu, iar viaţa de demult, trăită împreună şi pe care am iubit-o din toate puterile e neatinsă, neschimbată. Între noi doi continuă să existe ceea ce a existat întotdeauna. Spune-mi pe nume, ca şi până acum. Vorbeşte cu sinceritate despre mine, ca şi până acum. Nu-ţi schimba tonul vocii. Nu arbora un aer forţat, solemn sau trist. Încearcă să râzi, aşa cum râdeam împreună de glumele care ni se păreau la fel de bune. Glumeşte, zâmbeşte, gândeşte-te la mine, roagă-te pentru mine. Fie ca numele meu să fie rostit în familie, la fel ca şi până acum. Fără efort, fără nicio umbră de îndoială. Sensul vieţii este etern. Acelaşi, mereu. Există o continuitate absolută, care nu poate fi frântă. Ce este oare moartea, decât un accident neglijabil? De ce să fiu uitată, numai pentru că am dispărut? Sunt aici, în aşteptarea ta, într-un interval, undeva, foarte aproape, după colţ. Totul e bine.”Septembrie, Rosamunde Pilcher.

  • Mo
    2018-12-08 23:35

    Rosamunde Pilcher writes very “readable” stories. I enjoy all of her books, but some more than others. Please note that I have rated this book compared to the author’s other novels. It was good, but she has written better.I had no idea that the Noel in this book was the same Noel from “The Shell Seekers”. To tell you the truth, I didn’t recognize him at all and was pretty surprised when it finally dawned on me ¾ of the way into the book. It presented a bit of a dilemma for me since I HATED Noel in “The Shell Seekers”, and had liked him in this book – right up until I realized who he was. Then I didn’t quite know how to feel about him.I had no problem with knowing how to feel about Pandora. I thought she was a selfish bitch, and I thoroughly despised her. I doubt the author intended this character to be viewed so unsympathetically, but I had zero tolerance for her and did not find her to be the charming and whimsical character as portrayed. In this case actions speak louder than words.Edmund was portrayed as the bad guy, and him I liked quite a bit. Go figure!NOTE:Here we go again! I can’t let go of one of my personal peeves. 2 of the main characters are named:Mrs. Violet Aird (frequently referred to as “Vi”)Mrs. Virginia AirdWhy? What purpose does it serve other than to confuse the reader? I get that they are mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, so there is no way around them both being Mrs. Aird. But couldn’t the author have named one of these characters Mary? Or Anne? Or Beatrice? Or ANYTHING other than these 2 first names that each began with “Vi”… with one of them having a nickname that could have applied to either? There were enough characters to keep track of without adding to the confusion.

  • Sally906
    2018-12-03 16:50

    A huge saga that looks at the lives of two main families and their friends over a 4 month period. A large cast of characters that resulted in me having to write the names on a list. A slow moving story - it never boring - covers a few different countries - a few dramas - and a huge secret revealed. As per usual with a Pilcher novel every aspect of human lives - feuds, love, illness and friendship, was an easy read.

  • Chris
    2018-11-16 23:50

    I gave this 5 stars not because it feeds my soul, but for the lovely journey & sated feeling I had by the end. I wanted to continue "visiting" with these people. I saw that this book was on a list of "most comforting books." I can wholeheartedly agree with that! It's like putting on warm socks & curling up in front of a fire with good friends and hot chocolate (or tea, if you like). Lush descriptions of rural Scotland and peopled with a variety of interesting characters. One moseys through this novel, not realizing that there is a tension building, which requires resolution, until it is fully upon you. And before I hear criticism, I don't mean there isn't some predictability, set it aside & enjoy.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-08 22:44

    I had a really hard time getting through this book. I thought that there was too many characters that were hard to keep track of. I had a hard time keeping all of the relationships straight. It was very descriptive--to the point of being to descriptive. I started skipping over a lot of the description. I really enjoyed the last 100 pages, but for the 600 before that I thought numerous times about quitting.

  • Beth Bonini
    2018-11-19 23:44

    I vividly remember the first time I read this book: I was just starting graduate school, and I had arrived in Houston, Texas, exhausted and strung out from a long summer of working nights and having too many romances. I had about a week before school started, and as I didn't know anyone, I spent most of the time comfort reading the type of novel I knew that I would not be assigned in my English literature course. I remember lying on my quilt, being semi-cooled by the blast of an old-fashioned air conditioning unit, and reading myself into a sort of stupor. There was no hint of autumn in the late summer Houston air, but I got a nice romantic dose of it in this book. Pilcher is a great storyteller, and she writes books which are very 'moreish'. She is very adept at writing vivid characters of all ages and balancing several interrelated story-lines. I suspect that most of the appeal of her books is down to the atmosphere, though. Although this book has some early scenes in London and Majorca, the majority of it takes place in Strathcroy, Scotland. Highlands country. The Balmerinos and the Airds are the main landowning families in the area, and this novel is very much about their small and intersecting clans. There are a number of conflicts and dramas upsetting the peace; interestingly, the only one I recalled was the one between Virginia and her much older husband Edmund Aird. Edmund wants to send their 8 year old son Henry away to boarding school, while Virginia is very much against this plan. Another major story-line revolves around the 'glamorous' character of Pandora Balmerino, who is a sort of prodigal daughter. Having run away from home at age 18, Pandora decides (mysteriously and quixotically) to return to her childhood home of Balnaid for a dance. Violet Aird is the matriarch of the clan, and very much in the style of Penelope Keeling (the beloved heroine of The Shell Seekers). Fans of The Shell Seekers will enjoy the return of Noel Keeling, Penelope's spoiled youngest child, who becomes the love interest of Alexa Aird.I will admit to this: I read this book in a mood of needing a nice, absorbing comfort read and it fit the bill. I consumed it almost as avidly as I did 25 years ago. However, several aspects of the plot and characterisation rankled this time. There are way too many women being wonderfully domestic and putting up with annoyingly dictatorial men. Aspects of the plot, like the Northern Ireland storyline involving Archie Balmerino date it some extent, but the female characters date it more worryingly, at least from my point of view. 3.5 stars

  • Lori
    2018-11-24 23:37

    Well, I guess the honeymoon is over. I love Rosamunde Pilcher, really, I do. The lady is an amazing author. So, what happened here? I really wanted to love this. This had so much potential. The scenic landscape of Scotland alone could almost take me happily through half a book. This starts off okay, but I feel like this just went flat. Oh, I still sing the praises of Rosamunde Pilcher and I still have so many of her novels yet to enjoy. This great lady has written two of my favorite novels of all time, The Shell Seekers and Coming Home. Yet, I came away from this offering feeling as though the bloom of romance had faded and I was left with an empty ache inside. Two and a half stars rounded up to three.

  • Πάνος Τουρλής
    2018-12-06 20:59

    Προσοχή, περιέχει SPOILERS.Η γυναίκα απλώς ΓΡΑΦΕΙ, ΚΕΝΤΑΕΙ, όπως θέλετε πείτε το. Είναι απίστευτο το πώς το βιβλίο της Πίλτσερ δεν καταντά άρλεκιν παρόλο που έχει ερωτικές αντιζηλίες κι ερωτικές σκηνές, ούτε Λένα Μαντά παρόλο που είναι γεμάτο γυναίκες. Είναι μοναδική, για μένα από τις καλύτερες γυναικείες γραφές που έχω διαβάσει. Παλιά είχα διαβάσει το Ψάχνοντας για κοχύλια και μου είχε μείνει μια θετικότατη εικόνα. Μακάρι να το ξαναβρώ και να το διαβάσω πάλι. Ως προς το Σεπτέμβρη παρακολουθούμε δυο φιλικές οικογένειες σε ένα χωριό της Σκοτίας που ετοιμάζονται για τον Σεπτεμβριάτικο χορό. Υπάρχει ένα τραγούδι που λέεει Απο το Μάη ως το Δεκέμβρη είναι πολλές οι μέρες αλλά λιγοστεύουν όταν φτάνει ο Σεπτέμβρης. Πανέμορφο και λυρικότατο. Θέλω να πάω κι εγώ στο χωριό αυτό της Σκωτίας, να μυρίσω τα λουλούδια, να γευτώ τις τοπικές νοστιμιές, να ζήσω τον μικρόκοσμο. Αρχιτεκτονική, νοοτροπία, ατσάλινοι και αδύναμοι χαρακτήρες, μελαγχολία φθινοπώρου και ελπίδα για νέες αποφάσεις, δεν ξέρω για τι να πρωτομιλήσω. Όλοι οι χαρακτήρες ζουν κι ανασαίνουν δίπλα σου, σκύβουν πάνω από τις σελίδες μαζί σου και σε συντροφεύουν στο ξεφύλλισμα. Από παντού ξεχύνεται ο Σεπτέμβρης και η μελαγχολία που τον συνοδεύει ενόψει του μακριού, ατέλειωτου χειμώνα, ειδικά στη Σκοτία, όπου τα σπίτια αλλά και γενικά τα χωριά είναι απομακρυσμένα και οι καιρικές συνθήκες δύσκολες. Οπότε το Σεπτέμβρη έχουμε ξεφάντωμα, πάρτυ και γνωριμίες. Θα σταθώ στην Παντόρα, μία από τις ηρωίδες του βιβλίου, την πιο τραγική. Ενώ παρακολουθούμε δύο οικογένειες, τις έχθρες, τα ερωτικά τρίγωνα και τα συναισθήματα χαράς και λύπης από την αρχή φωτίζεται ένα πρόσωπο, διακριτικά αλλά ουσιαστικά. Η Παντόρα. Που είχε ξελογιάσει έναν παντρεμένο κι εκείνος της είχε υποσχεθεί πράγματα αλλά αφοσιώθηκε στον γάμο του τελικά και την ξέχασε. Κι η Παντόρα παράτησε το χωριό της, τους δικούς της και τα όνειρά της για να φύγει με έναν πλούσιο Αμερικάνο. Μετά από 20 χρόνια την καλούν στο πάρτι του Σεπτέμβρη. Και δέχεται. Κι όλο το χωριό την περιμένει με φόβο, ανυπομονησία και περιέργεια. Κι όντως ξανασυναντιέται με όλους, ακόμη και με τον παλιό της έρωτα, που ξαναπαντρεύτηκε μετά το θάνατο της πρώτης συζύγου του. Κι όμως όπως αποδεικνύεται, η Πανδώρα δεν ήρθε για να χωρίσει, ούτε για να τιμωρήσει, ούτε για να εκδικηθεί. Έχοντας λίγο χρόνο ζωής λόγω καρκίνου, ήθελε να ξαναζήσει τον Σεπτέμβρη του χωριού της, να ζήσει τον δικό της τελευταίο Σεπτέμβρη. Γι' αυτό τα ξαναβρίσκει με τους ανθρώπους του παρελθόντος της, κλείνει τους λογαριασμούς της και αυτοκτονεί. Ένα καταπληκτικό γυναικείο βιβλίο, ένας ύμνος στη γυναικεία ψυχολογία, ένα βιβλίο που δείλιασα να τελειώσω για να μη με εγκαταλείψει νωρίς η μυρωδιά του φθινοπωρινού αποχαιρετισμού.

  • Katherine Coble
    2018-12-01 18:39

    What a lovely, languid, comfortable book! I adore these books by Pilcher, where you sink into comfortable surroundings and spend time pottering about with people. Not very much too grand or dramatic happens for much of the story. You just read it as if you were vacationing in these people's steadfast, amiable lives. When the end comes and you think back you realise that a lot did happen, that buried in the little things are great truths and changes... somewhat like life itself. There are a few less than stellar reviews which have dunned the story for a particular plot point. After reading the reviews I was dreading the event. But I must say it is very organic to the story. I found myself not agreeing with it but understanding it. This is, I imagined, better suited to readers wh have passed 40 in their own lives. That said, I think this is a wonderful book. Hands down.

  • Claude
    2018-11-22 22:45

    It took me some time to get into the book, which is quite long. Had to keep track of a lot of characters all in different places and make sense of their relationships. Once that was acquired, it became one of those great Rosamunde Pilcher novels. With, in fact, some characters that were also in The Shellseekers. I wish I had more Pilcher to read, besides her short stories, which I will probably never read as I am not a short story lover.A good read all in all.

  • Theresa
    2018-12-07 00:51

    “September” is a novel set in Scotland about several characters who are invited to a dance party for a young lady turning twenty-one. Katy Steynton, the honoree, plays a very minor role in the novel (in fact the reader hardly meets her until close to the end of the book). However there are several characters invited to the dance who come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and who make choices that affect not only themselves but their loved ones.Edmund and Virginia Aird must decide whether sending their young son Henri to boarding school is a tradition they want to keep. This decision has made inroads in their marriage and their struggles are painful and exasperating. Edmund’s daughter Alexa has found a boyfriend (who finds it all too easy to simply move in with her and no one, including her parents, seem to find this sudden disclosure at all unsettling). Noel, who happens to be Penelope Keeling’s son (remember the self-absorbed Noel from “The Shell Seekers”?), has to decide whether he is ready for a permanent relationship. Archie Balmorino is haunted with memories from his military service in Ireland and a prosthetic leg that gives him daily reminders, as if his nightmares were not enough. And there is Archie’s provocative, disturbing sister Pandora who has not been home for twenty or more years, who now impetuously decides that it is time to return to her childhood home and sad past.I doubt there are very many who are not familiar with Rosamunde Pilcher. I have read and enjoyed several of her books over the years. “September” is a book I chose to fulfill part of my “Read Scotland” reading for this year. I read Pilcher for the comfort of reading about cosy home atmospheres (I loved the character of Penelope Keeling in her “Shell Seekers” book), gardens, food, and everyday life in Scotland. However, like many other reviewers, I wish her characters were portrayed with more of a moral foundation and not so overtly promiscuous, or so ready to discard fidelity to their marriage vows. I didn’t really 'connect' with any of the characters in this one, but I did appreciate Violet Aird (Edmund’s mother), although at one point I wanted to yell at her “stop hesitating and tell Virginia to grow up!!!” Although I enjoy my share of various genres (mysteries and trying to solve them before the author does it for me. Non-fiction just for the pleasure of learning something new. Historical novels to immerse myself in another time period), I like to once in a while, read ‘escapist’ fiction; light, cosy, fireside books that I can lose myself in for just a few hours. When I finished reading "September", instead of the 'light and cosy' read I had expected, I found tragic lessons to be learned (the guilt incurred with adultery; hypocrisy; choices and their consequences; courage versus despair). I also regretted some of the situations the author chose to include (although I recognize that many would argue ‘but this is real life!’ For me, this is the tragedy because 'real life' often occurs as a result or consequence of personal choice.) However I also realized that rather than ‘escapist’ fiction, this novel does point out the complexity of human existence and the flawed choices we all tend to make. This is not a book of ‘hopeful endings’ but rather an expose of life in one small community in one period of time and learning to cope with the repercussions of interpersonal relationships. Although I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped, it does have value in giving the reader (at least, it did so for me), a desire for living life with integrity and dogged perseverance to meet with determination and fortitude whatever life brings.

  • Mamey
    2018-12-03 18:02

    Rosamunde Pilcher is a delightful writer, a WONDERFUL story-teller and the queen of descriptive writing. The book is perfectly detailed just enough that it doesn't become daunting. This is a family saga that follows the lives of 2 families; the Aird's and the Balmerino's. So many beautifully developed characters that became a part of my life. Perfect read for Autumn!

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2018-11-29 18:59

    Rosamunde Pilcher is one of those authors I return to, again and again. September is one of my favorites. Set in Scotland, it follows the lives of two families, the Airds and the Balmerinos. Pilcher's characters are likeable. For the most part, her women are strong: here it's Isobel and Violet. Pilcher characters grow with you, there is a depth to them that is often found lacking in popular novels. As the summer wanes, the countryside prepares for a ball. The prodigal daughter returns home. A young boy discovers his strength and his parents rediscover their love. An Army veteran comes to terms with his experiences and Violet Aird watches over them all.Pilcher's descriptions of Scotland are beautiful. You can feel the chill in the September air as Autumn begins to settle over the countryside. You wish you could be part of the balls and hunts and parties. This is a story of family and homecomings, friendship and betrayal, and love and forgiveness. It's a story that warms your heart and one that you can return to over and over again, like a favorite sweater or a good friend. While not a sequel to The Shell Seekers, it does continue the story of Noel Keeling, Penelope's son, as he is involved with Alexa Aird. I was so happy to see Noel redeem himself and grow up. A terrific read.

  • Robyn
    2018-12-09 22:37

    I thought I knew what this book was about...nope! Once again, Rosamunde Pilcher completely wrapped me up in her beautifully written book. I cannot wait to get my hands on more!!!

  • Becky Ford
    2018-11-16 00:41

    First book this year to make me ugly cry...and I loved it. Pilcher knows how to write about complicated and flawed characters that you love so much. She's even better at complicated family dynamics. This book was lovely.

  • gaudeo
    2018-11-11 18:41

    Although these days Pilcher's work would be categorized as "women's fiction," there's no getting around the fact that she writes an excellent story. Her characters come alive in a seamless plot involving two Scottish families in the months leading up to a great party, and she creates a world that the reader inhabits without interruption. This particular book did not move me in the way The Shell Seekers did when I read it years ago (with tissue in hand at the end of the book), but it's a fine read nevertheless.

  • George
    2018-11-27 23:53

    Πρώτο βιβλίο της Pilcher, που διάβασα. Το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα. Η συγγραφεάς κατορθώνει μέσα από τις αναλυτικές περιγράφες και τη σκιαγράφηση των αρκετών χαρακτήρων να κρατά ζωηρό το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη μέχρι το τέλος. Ο κάθε αναγνώστης σίγουρα θα ταυτιστεί έναν από τους πάνω από δέκα πρωταγωνιστές, καθώς αυτοί προσπαθούν να ανακαλύψουν τον ευατό τους πρώτα και στη συνέχεια να διατηρήσουν και να βελτιώσουν τις σχέσεις τους με τους άλλους. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο η συγγραφέας καταπιάνεται με αρκετά θέματα, φιλία, γάμος, οικογενειακή ευτυχία, αντίληψη της ζωής, ανατροφή παιδιών.

  • Laurie Buchanan
    2018-12-10 17:01

    Rosamund Pilcher paints such vivid word pictures in "September" you can smell peat smoke from the the village chimneys. Made to feel like part of the family, the reader is pulled right in to a long overdue reunion where inevitably people’s flaws are revealed. Like a hearty Scottish meal, this book satisfies, making you glad you lingered at the table, then stayed for a night cap—in this case, whiskey and soda.

  • Bee
    2018-12-09 16:37

    Rosamunde Pilcher has been a favorite of mine for years. I always get completely and totally wrapped up in her novels. (with the exception of maybe one or two of her oldest ones) 'September' is my favorite of hers. Every character was one that I felt I 'knew' by the end of the book and I've enjoyed it the handful of times I've re-read it over the years. She's a comfort writer for me -- I read her books when I want to get fully wrapped up in something that makes me feel good throughout.

  • Lydia Bailey
    2018-11-11 22:01

    Reading a Rosamund Pilcher novel is akin to curling up in a blissfully saggy & huge arm chair beside a roaring fire. Comfort at its best. Not my absolute favourite of hers ( Coming Home is unbeatable) but still a rollocking good read. A story of love. Family and friends.Life and death. Lives intertwined & overlapping and, of course, dogs, land rovers, heather and huge country houses.

  • Emma Rose Ribbons
    2018-12-01 19:49

    Very warm and cosy as per usual with Pilcher. I did find this one to have full, rich details, but the general plot didn't move me as much as The Shell Seekers. Still, one of those books I'll definitely want to come back to when I'm less wrapped up in work.