Coming Home

Coming Home Born in Colombo Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father When her new friend Loveday Carey Lewis invites Judi

  • Title: Coming Home
  • Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
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  • Page: 491
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  • Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school, while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father.When her new friend Loveday Carey Lewis invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey Lewises beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.She falls in love too with the generous Carey LewiseBorn in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school, while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father.When her new friend Loveday Carey Lewis invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey Lewises beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.She falls in love too with the generous Carey Lewises themselves With their generosity and kindness, Judith grows from naive girl to confident young woman, basking in the warm affection of a surrogate family whose flame burns brightly But it is a flame soon to be extinguished in the gathering storm of war And Judith herself has far to travel before at last coming home.

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    About " Rosamunde Pilcher "

  • Rosamunde Pilcher

    Rosamunde Scott was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK, daughter of Helen and Charles Scott, a British commander Just before her birth her father was posted in Burma, her mother remained in England She attended St Clare s Polwithen and Howell s School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr Sanders Secretarial College She began writing when she was seven, and published her first short story when she was 18 From 1943 through 1946, Pilcher served with the Women s Naval Service On 7 December 1946, she married Graham Hope Pilcher, a war hero and jute industry executive who died in March 2009 They moved to Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today with a dog in Perthshire They had two daughters and two sons, and fourteen grandchildren Her son, Robin Pilcher, is also a novelist.In 1949, her first book, a romance novel, was published by Mills Boon, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser She published a further ten novels under that name In 1955, she also began writing under her married name Rosamunde Pilcher, by 1965 she her own name to all of her novels In 1996, her novel Coming Home won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by Romantic Novelists Association She retired from writing in 2000 Two years later, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE.

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  • I really love Rosamunde Pilcher books. I hate how they look like sappy romance novels because somebody put dorky flowers and curlicues all over the cover, but rest assured, they're far from that genre. This is one of my particular favorites. It follows a girl (left in boarding school in England while her family goes to Singapore) before, during, and after WWII and goes back and forth between Cornwall, London, and various South Pacific locations. It's fairly epic in length--I think it clocks in a [...]


  • "So, what did she want, above all else? Roots, perhaps. A home and a family and a place to go to that was forever. Belonging."I loved taking this wonderful journey with Judith Dunbar from the impressionable age of fourteen in 1935 straight through the years of World War II. Judith learns so much about what it means to have a place in the world, a home to return to, loved ones to reunite with and hold close to the heart. I couldn’t help sympathizing with this young lady when first introduced to [...]


  • I read this when I am craving comfort and familiarity. Rosamunde Pilcher's books are like a hot bubblebath. You sink into the story and resurface a few hours later feeling refreshed.


  • Did you ever read a 826 page novel and when you closed the back board onto the last page wish that there were another 826 pages to go? That is how I felt coming to the end of Coming Home. The title of this novel seems infinitely appropriate for me, because reading Pilcher again feels exactly like that--Coming Home. She makes her settings and her people so real and warm that you want to belong there and to remain listening to the sea and watching the waves crash on a Cornwall beach.It is 1935 and [...]


  • This is possibly my favorite book of all time. It follows 14-year old Judith in pre-WW II Britain for about 13 years -- through pre-war family disruptions, boarding school (where she meets a new friend with an interesting family and a wonderful country house), the war itself (as a WREN, which takes her to Ceylon), and back to post-war Britain to find missing family and sort out her life. I loved every part of it -- the girl herself, her family and friends, the country house, the romances, the vi [...]


  • 3.5 StarsComing Home follows the life of Judith Dunbar beginning in 1936, when she is a fourteen year old school girl. Born in Ceylon, Judith lives quietly with her mother Molly and her four year old sister Jess in a rented house in Cornwall, England. Now, Jess's father has written from Ceylon, telling his wife that he's been promoted, they'll be moving to Singapore and it's time she and Jess returned to him. Judith is left behind, at boarding school, and this is where her rather lonely life tak [...]


  • This was one of the first Rosamunde Pilcher novels that I read and I have read it multiple times over again, as I have done with many of her books. It is the story of war, friendship, loneliness and most of all it is a story of belonging and having a place to call home regardless of where that place actually is - a building, a town, a school it is your place, your home. Pilcher's books always look like romance novels, and some do have a touch of romance included, but they are so much more than t [...]


  • When looking at the cover of this novel I had no idea that I, being male, would ever enjoy this story. Boy was I wrong. I fell in love with the characters and the setting of this timeless piece of art. I sometimes consider myself a literary snob and was looking for something completely different to read. I now rank this book right up there as one of the most absorbing and emotional reads I have come across in a long while. For a previous reviewer who wrote this is poorly written, I would beg to [...]


  • I loved the opening of this book. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, but as the story progressed, I could see that any similarity to that classic is purely superficial. This novel is a coming of age story of Judith Dunbar, set in prewar, war and post 2WW Britain. At the star of this novel, I was rather fascinated by the relationship between Judith and her mother, who seems to be a push-over, but at the same time capable of some deep thoughts. I found it perplexing, how this woman whom both Judith (her [...]


  • Coming Home covers the young life of Judith Dunbar. The book follows her from entering boarding school at about 14. Her mother and father have gone overseas with her father's job. Then WWII hits. Judith is left on her own, yet along the way, via her best friend at school, there are people who enter her life and become her second family. Nothing is rushed in this book, which is as it should be. I enjoyed the descriptions of the countryside and homes. A lovely British read that has me wanting endl [...]


  • This is really, at heart, a beautiful family saga! I love the vitality and complexity of Pilcher's characters, especially Judith Dunbar, the heroine of this story. As WWII progresses from a threatening storm into reality, Judith and her family must face many hardships. Let me just say here, it has been quite a while since I've read a book filled with such wistful longing. Sigh. I am just getting acquainted with Rosamunde Pilcher's novels, but almost overnight I have become an ardent admirer of h [...]


  • I've read this about six times, once out loud to my twelve-year-old daughter. Rosamunde Pilcher is always magic and this novel is her magnum opus. The epitome of British family sagas, of wartime in England, of family and love and friendship and boarding schools and English country manors. Basically everything I love. And, also, the ultimate in tea party descriptions, and for British food in general. More about my tea party obsessions here: suannelaqueurwrites/litera


  • For the first third of the book or so, I felt it was moving too slow and was getting bored. But then, I got adjusted to the pace and the style of things, and I started feeling relaxed and entranced by the good sense of the characters and the ever-present soothing cups of tea. The story takes a fourteen-year-old British girl through her years at boarding school and through the years of World War II. It was interesting to read about the experience of the Brits during the war and to think about how [...]


  • I was looking for something captivating and relaxing to read over the holidays and pulled Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home" (1995) off of our home library shelf. I'd bought it at the Athens County Library book sale for $3. What a find! This was a wonderful book by the author of "September" and "The Shell Seekers", two books which I also enjoyed.Judith Dunbar attends boarding school in England while her parents and little sister are in Singapore. Her best friend, Loveday, comes from a wealthy fam [...]


  • This is probably my favorite Pilcher novel. It is a tender, gentle and very real story of a young girl coming of age during WWII. She lives with an aunt as her parents are out in the Far East. She becomes friends with a wonderful family whose lives and loves she grows to be an integral part of. Ultimately she must take on the responsibility of a young sister who survived the brutal invasion of the Japanese while their parents didn't. It is such a real life, with young people having to make grown [...]


  • Pilcher ha sido todo un descubrimiento para mí, he disfrutado mucho con esta lectura.Desde el principio te sientes enganchada a los personajes, a la historia y a los paisajes. ¡Qué manera de describir tiene esta autora! Es una delicia (¡ojo! a algunos lectores esto puede desesperarles). "El regreso" es a veces una novela dura, pues narra cómo la IIGM puso patas arriba la vida de Judith, de los Dunbar y los Carey-Lewis. Pero también llena de amor y cariño. Los Carey-Lewis son una familia m [...]


  • Ok, I have to do this. I find Coming Home trashy yet really compelling. I read it over and over when I'm sick, when I'm on a plane, when I feel terrible for whatever reason, and it's always escapist and comforting. Mostly it's that I'm compelled to read anything about WWII Britain; since this is so long and so much happens, I'm compelled to read it over and over again. At the same time I have some major problems with various business such as 1. ridiculous stereotypical characteristics/behavior, [...]


  • I give this 5 stars knowing that lots of people will have no patience for this book and that is just fine. But if you had to give me a list of things that make a book perfect for me this would be it. Long, British, 1940s, family saga etc. This gave me the same feeling I had reading L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott, it's so homey and familiar. It also has some really great details about life on the home front during World War II. Rationing, fuel shortages, blackouts etc. I could have kept re [...]


  • This book was just too slow, with lengthy descriptions of flowers in gardens and furniture in rooms that didn't add to the story. While the main storyline of Judith is a beautiful love story, Pilcher has tried to squeeze too many characters into the book, and it just comes away feeling crowded. It was worth reading once, but I don't think I'd invest the time to read it again.


  • Brideshead Lite very light. I loved the Shell Seekers and liked September. This is a very weak production which rides on the popularity of those books - and I am really amazed that none of the reviews I've seen have commented on the class-consciousness and sexism which pervade the novel. Judith is a boring character who doesn't seem at all attached to any of the people who die tragically around her, some of whose deaths allow her to climb socially and improve her position, but not to actually ma [...]


  • Why is this book so long?? It really could use some editing. I stopped halfway through and read another book to take a break. The first half of the book was very slow for me. I loved the second half however. I do love this writer's style and the era in which the story takes place. I did get little annoyed at how the men in this story speak to the women but it is probably typical for the late 30s and early 40s. Still the women are strong in the 2 novels I have read by Pilcher. I discovered Pilche [...]


  • Another unputdownable novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, about the coming of age of a young girl spanning the years of WWII. Maybe the end was a tad too pat, but I won't complain. I just so enjoyed the book.


  • A perfect big, fat book for sinking into during grey winter days. The first two hundred pages didn't have a lot of drama, but somehow they felt completely absorbing and enjoyable anyway, and then the last 600 pages were hugely dramatic and I couldn't stop reading! (I took 3 days to read the first 200 pages and 2 days to read the last 600 - which is definitely a sign.) The final emotional scene at the end of the book felt just a tiny bit flat to me after waiting for it so longbut that's a very sm [...]


  • Too long? Oh, I just never wanted this book to end! I listened to the audiobook (all 32 hours of it!), a little each day, and simply loved it! Like drinking hot cocoa in front of a log fire when it's really cold outside, it gave me such a soothing, comfortable feeling. Apparently this novel is often put in the Romantic Fiction library section, but it's certainly not cosy, lovey-dovey sentimentality. The social and historical details of the 1936-1945 years, skilfully woven into the plot, seem to [...]


  • The story is among the classic world war 2 setting. But what sets this book apart from its counterparts (I've read Crossings/Danielle Steele etc) is the seemingly actual account of the events and characters that when you read Coming Home, you're like coming to London,Colombo, the Hotels, holidays and the vivid color of Pilcher's storytelling. Reading it is a pleasure but addictive. I always get upset when I come to moments wherein I have to stop to sleep or work but inspired as well to be on the [...]


  • I'm sad that it's over. I read 1000 pages and wanted to read more. If that doesn't tell you how flat out wonderful a book this is, nothing will convince you.



  • Coming Home is a very specific beast, and that's four stars of a very specific sort. I don't consider them to be indicative of any great literary quality (consider, for example, the number of times the phrase "a moveable feast" is used - and that's a phrase too noticeable to be repeated often); instead, what characterizes Coming Home is a vaguely familiar sort of humanity. I say "vaguely" because I can't quite name other titles that provide that same feel, though the novel does strike me as imme [...]


  • An enormously long book! Nearly 1,000 pages. All about Judith Dunbar, left to go to boarding school in England while her mother and sister return to the Far East where her father has been for the past four years. Judith is taken in by the Carey-Lewis family when her Aunt Louise dies; four years later, when she's set to sail to Singapore to see her dad after 8 years and mom and sis after 4 years of separation, she decides not to--she'd rather stay with the friends she's made and suffer through th [...]


  • Oh my god. This took me a month because I kept rereading passages, slowing it down and really appreciating every word. I thought this author had peaked with The Shell Seekers (how can anything top that masterpiece?) but I was wrong. This is a magical book. I was completely wrapped up in the story and in the fate of each of these characters, they felt so incredibly real to me. What a spectacular read. It did include some of my favourite things on top of its being overall brilliant and gorgeously [...]


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