Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Today’s spotlight is on a recent download from a long favorite author.   The Empty House, by Rosamunde Pilcher, was first published in 1973, and then released as a Kindle version in 2013.





Intro:  It was three o’clock on a Monday afternoon in July, sunny and warm, the hay-scented air cooled by a sea breeze which blew in from the north.  From the top of the hill, where the road wound up and over the shoulder of Carn Edvor, the land sloped down to distant cliffs; farmland, ribboned with yellow gorse, broken by outcrops of granite, and patchworked into dozens of small fields.  Like a quilt, thought Virginia, and saw the pasture fields as scraps of green velvet, the greenish gold of new-cut hay as shining satin, the pinkish gold of standing corn as something soft and furry, to be stroked and touched.


Teaser:  As they spoke, Virginia looked about her, terrified that anything in this marvellous room should have been altered, that Eustace might have changed something, moved the furniture, painted the walls.  But it was just as she remembered. (p. 65).


Synopsis:  At twenty-seven, Virginia Keile had been through the most intense experiences life had to offer–a magical first love ending in heartbreak, a suitable marriage, motherhood, and widowhood. All she wanted now was to take her daughter and son to a seaside cottage in Cornwall and help them recover. But Virginia’s true love was there, waiting, hoping, praying that this time she would be strong enough to seize happiness, in The Empty House.

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 people’s lives and loves, tenderly laid open for us…


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I haven’t read anything by Pilcher in years…and this one is a book I missed along the way.


51 thoughts on “CURL UP WITH “THE EMPTY HOUSE”

  1. Literary Feline

    I like the writing, Laurel-Rain. I felt swept up in the scene described in the opening–the description and feeling. I have never read anything by this author, but I would like to.


    1. I once had several hardcover books from this author, and I even reread some of them. My purges took many of them away…and now I feel sad. LOL. But I enjoy her writing style and the characters. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.


  2. I have loved several of this author’s books for years and years. I remember when I first read The Shell Seekers and was just so caught up in the story. I have not read her shorter works, like this one, and need to do that. Thanks for sharing this one!!


  3. This is a new to me author and book combination, most likely because of the original publishing date, but I’d continue reading if I’d picked it up. It sounds like a really descriptive opening, and from all that you’ve shared I get the impression this is one of those books that plays on your emotions.


    1. The Shell Seekers seems to be the most popular one for those here who’ve read the author…I loved it! I have the movie, too. I may have to watch it AGAIN tonight…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.


    1. I miss rereading, which I used to do a lot! Having a large TBR and finding new authors every day is what happened to that lost art. Maybe I should take a month and just reread old favorites. Great idea, Susan.


  4. When I say your selection, I thought I had read another Rosamunde Pilcher novel. I did a quick look, but no. Guess I have just seen her name. The intro is wonderful. The referral to a quilt, how could I not be interested? I will go check this one out at the library, or maybe download to my kindle.


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