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Agatha’s all-time favorite book

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, 1995

Our mother bought this book in an airport ages ago and I picked the well-worn mass-market paperback off her shelf probably 10 years ago. I’ve reread it multiple times since (and I’m not generally a re-reader). Each time I finish the book, I’m fully satisfied by the story. It’s not challenging; it’s not deeply intellectual; there is no hidden meaning; but it has the glamor and travails of a by-gone era, family saga, sweeping romances (with a happy ending no less) and beautiful descriptions of Cornwall countryside and everyday life for the upper crust in pre-WWII England. What’s not to love about all of that?

In a nutshell, the book follows Cornwall native Judith Dunbar through the youth and beginnings of adulthood. She’s a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 1935 at the outset of the novel. She is sent to boarding school in Cornwall when her parents move to Singapore and becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces Judith to her family and their estate, Nancherrow, that sets the stage for the rest of her life.  Though there are moments of tragedy, Judith has the most lucky life – in connections, money and love.  I won’t give any more details other than to say it’s delicious.

Looks like some or all of the book is available for free on Google Books.

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