32. The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher (1973)
Length: 249 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 16 April 2013
Finished: 17 April 2013
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 March 2013
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Rosamunde Pilcher as an author, having read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
Virginia Keile's secret dream had always been to have a second chance at loving the tall, handsome Cornish farmer she had met - and foolishly lost - the summer she was a debutante. Now, ten years later, Virginia is twenty-seven years old and life has taught her a great many lessons. She had married a titled bachelor chosen by her mother, lived in a lonely marriage until her husband's accidental death, and had nearly lost her two children to her former mother-in-law and a bossy Nanny.
All Virginia wants now is to to take her daughter and son, return to picturesque Cornwall and rent a seaside cottage to help them recover. But her true love was also there, waiting, hoping and praying that this time Virginia would be strong enough to seize happiness and fill an empty house with love.
I did enjoy reading this book, however, I am beginning to find that Rosamunde Pilcher is just reworking the same plots. It may just be because I've read two books by the same author back to back, but in my opinion, Rosamunde Pilcher's plots tend to run along this similar theme: 'girl meets boy, they fall hopelessly in love, girl cruelly loses boy, girl marries the 'proper gentleman', girl somehow moves to Scotland, lives in an unhappy marriage for a certain amount of time, husband propitiously passes away and girl returns to live happily ever after with her one true love.'
I give this book an A! I think I will certainly read more by Rosamunde Pilcher in the future, but maybe not for a while yet.
A! - (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight