March 9, 2016
The End of Summer
The End of Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher
1971 St. Martin's Paperbacks
Finished on September 11, 2015
Rating: 2/5 (Don't Recommend)
When you read a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher you enter a special world where emotions sing from the heart. A world that lovingly captures the ties that bind us to one another--the joys and sorrows, heartbreaks and misunderstandings, and glad, perfect moments when we are in true harmony. A world filled with evocative, engrossing, and above all, enjoyable portraits of peoples lives and loves, tenderly laid open for us...
After years in the United States, Jane returns to the tranquil Scottish estate, Elvie, where she spent a magical childhood. Memories of Elvie had always summoned the image of Sinclair, the rakish man Jane had once dreamed of marrying, but now that she is home, she finds Sinclair a different man. His charm has a purpose, and Jane can no longer trust him... or herself.
Rosamunde Pilcher has been one of my favorite authors since I first discovered her famous novel, The Shell Seekers, back in the early '90s. I've read several of her shorter novels, but none have provided me with anything close to the great enjoyment I've experienced in reading her longer sagas. I continue to read these novellas, however, ever hopeful that one will surprise me. Unfortunately, Endless Summer isn't the one. I was terribly disappointed in the story and probably shouldn't have wasted my time, as I was eager to finish and move on to something else.
If you haven't tried any of Rosamunde Pilcher's books, I strongly recommend The Shell Seekers, as well as September and Winter Solstice. Sadly, I can't recommend any of her short stories, including Endless Summer.