An Old Favorite: September by Rosamunde Pilcher


I have so many favorite books I’ve read over the years. Those are the books where I still remember the characters or the ideas promoted in the book or perhaps a certain way it made me feel. I saw one of My Favorite Reads at a recent Library Sale.

SeptemberSeptember by Rosamunde Pilcher, St. Martin’s Press, 1990

Synopsis from the book jacket:

As the novel opens, “invitations are being written for a party in September. September is an extraordinary month in Scotland, when a brief but glorious summer is ending and the long, gray winter has yet to begin. It is a time of almost frenzied rounds of parties and house guests and reels. September is a month when marriage is proposed and marriages break up, when even normally reticent Scots, Londoners, and Americans drink a little too much, dance a little too late into the night, when promises are made, hearts are broken, and long-buried family secrets can come to light.”

Why it’s one of my favorites:

I first read this book back in the 1990’s and I still remember the characters, especially the main character, Violet Aird. Violet is still the same, steady as she goes. She’s coming up to her 70th birthday and she’s the matriarch of her family. She is not a powerhouse matriarch but a quiet, gentle person who worries about her family. She knows it’s best not to force them into doing what she thinks is best for them. She may be a quiet person but she is not silent. Violet likes to guide with little nudgings. Her family and friends tell her not to worry. But Violet says that all mothers worry about their families. Of course we do. I always thought that I’d like to be like Violet Aird when I got to that age. Well, now that I’m getting close to that age, I still want to be like her.

September is the kind of book a person should spend time with and savor. At 536 pages you can’t race through it anyway. It’s definitely a book to settle in with. And now is the perfect time to read this kind of story: the hectic Summer pace is over and it’s not yet time to start in with all the holiday planning. Just the right time to settle in for a good book that feels like visiting with old friends. Try visiting with Violet Aird and her family, friends and neighbors.

To read about more bloggers who are featuring My Favorite Reads, visit Alyce at At Home With Books.

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11 Responses to An Old Favorite: September by Rosamunde Pilcher

  1. FleurFisher says:

    September is a lovely book indeed and you have made me want to dig my copy out again. thank you!

  2. Molly says:

    I love this meme and wish I could participate. My problem is that I remember the books that I have enjoyed in the past, but I do not remember enough of the details to write them 🙁

    September does indeed sound like the perfect book to read this month.

    Not sure when you leave for your trip, but I want to wish you safe travels – and hope you enjoy your trip to I Love a Mystery when you pass through Kansas City.

  3. Doesn’t it make you want to go to Scotland?!!! (It looks like you’re on the road again but Scotland doesn’t appear on your itinerary!) And how do you connect on the road?!!

  4. Alyce says:

    I’ve never read any Rosamunde Pilcher books, but now I know which one I will start with when I get the urge! My ancestors on my paternal grandparents side were from Scotland, so I’m sure this would be a fun read for me. 🙂

  5. Kathy says:

    I haven’t thought of Rosamunde Pilcher in years, but remember reading one or two of them and really enjoying them.

  6. Celia says:

    September sounds lovely! I’m not sure I’ve calmed down enough from the bustle of summer to have the patience to read it yet, but it seems delightful all the same.

    My pick this week is Diana Wynne Jones’ The Merlin Conspiracy.

  7. Belle says:

    I haven’t read Rosamunde Pilcher for quite a while now – I do remember the ones I read as being warm, comfortable kinds of books, the kind you settle in with, as you said.

  8. Staci says:

    I absolutely adored this one…one of my favorites by her!! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  9. stacybuckeye says:

    If it’s a favorite I’ll add it to my list 🙂

  10. kaye says:

    Oh, I loved this book. Anything by Rosamunde Pilcher is wonderful. The Shell Seekers is still one of my favorites along with Winter Solstice.

  11. Marian says:

    I just finished this book, and loved it. Found it on my bookshelf, where it had been waiting for 10 years after being selected from my mother’s collection. I “saw” it more clearly after I read “The Shell Seekers”, a wonderful discovery. I want to read “Coming Home” as well as other Rosamunde Pilcher books. Love her characters, and I like imagining the warm and welcoming homes she describes.

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