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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 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... Caroline travels to Scotland, hoping to make contact with a brother she hasn't seen for years, and return in time for her wedding to the man her strong-willed stepmother thought so suitable. Then a sudden snow strands her in an isolated house with a young man recovering from tragedy. Both are on the brink of terrible mistakes, but perhaps they can save each other.

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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 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... Caroline travels to Scotland, hoping to make contact with a brother she hasn't seen for years, and return in time for her wedding to the man her strong-willed stepmother thought so suitable. Then a sudden snow strands her in an isolated house with a young man recovering from tragedy. Both are on the brink of terrible mistakes, but perhaps they can save each other.

30 review for Snow in April

  1. 5 out of 5

    Έλσα

    Πρωτη επαφη με Πιλτσερ. Ωραια κ γρηγορη ιστορια! Απλη γραφη, χωρις πολλες περιγραφες, που κουραζουν τον αναγνωστη. Βεβαια στο τελος ηθελα κατι παραπανω. Δεν ξερω τι.. μαλλον διαφορετικη καταληξη ή μια ανατροπη. Τελειωσε πολυ συγκαταβατικα κ αποτομα. Παρ' ολα αυτα διαβαζεται ξεκουραστα!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Αν κάτι το διασώζει από το ένα αστέρι είναι ότι η γραφή δεν είναι ντιπ κατά ντιπ. Δεν μπορούμε να εξομοιώσουμε την Ρόζαμουντ με τις Χρυσαλλίδες και τα Κρεμμύδια του ενός αστεριού ελλείψει μηδέν ή μείον. Αλλά και αυτή το έχει παραξηλώσει. Τα ίδια και τα ίδια χωρίς καν να πλησιάζουν τις αρετές του "Ψάχνοντας για κοχύλια". Έχω διαβάσει πιο ενδιαφέροντα άρλεκιν και όχι τόσο προβλέψιμα. Διάβαζε η Αθηνά Τσάση, ταιριαστή φωνή στην ιστορία.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars Caroline is due to marry within the next week to a man she’s unsure she loves but takes a spontaneous trip to Scotland with her younger brother after hearing word that their estranged older brother was living there. After an unfortunate accident in a blizzard leaves the two stranded, they meet a man named Oliver living nearby who takes them in. I’ve heard lovely things about Rosamunde Pilcher’s books, most especially The Shell Seekers, but I made the decision to pick up S My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars Caroline is due to marry within the next week to a man she’s unsure she loves but takes a spontaneous trip to Scotland with her younger brother after hearing word that their estranged older brother was living there. After an unfortunate accident in a blizzard leaves the two stranded, they meet a man named Oliver living nearby who takes them in. I’ve heard lovely things about Rosamunde Pilcher’s books, most especially The Shell Seekers, but I made the decision to pick up Snow in April for one important reason: it satisfied the ‘April, May or June in Title’ square on my Bookish Bingo card. hahaha Okay, I’m sure that’s a horrible reason but this was still a light, fluffy read that I enjoyed for the most part. Snow in April was written in 1972 so switching from a modern mindset is necessary as most of the goings on are fairly ridiculous. It reminded me a lot of a soap opera with the constant dramatic shenanigans yet was lacking in the steamy goodness that you’d typically expect with a soap opera or a trashy romance novel. It had the feel of a guilty pleasure type novel just minus the whole point of those types of novels (don’t lie to yourself, the steamy scenes are the only reason we read trashy romances). The romance is very simple and develops QUICKLY even though Caroline is engaged to be married. But her husband? Is her step-mothers brother. Plus Caroline is 20 and he’s 33. Was that a thing in the 70′s or something because… no. So Caroline travels to Scotland, gets stranded and is cared for by the (supposed to be-I didn’t see it) swoony Oliver. At one point in her two day visit, she starts feeling sick and refuses to eat dinner, attributing her sickness to her impending nuptials and ‘nerves’. Oliver proceeds to force feed her spoonfuls of soup as Caroline literally sobs during the whole thing. That was such a wtf moment because, you know, she only just met this man who just barged into her bedroom and tried to choke her with soup. It was just laughable, not swoony. There’s also of course the requisite girl that’s interested in Oliver and she begins fearing that Caroline is getting in the way of her happily ever after (because she can totally tell he likes Caroline a lot… after 2 days) so she sets out to run her out of town. Snow in April is no literary masterpiece but it’s 245 pages (with extremely large font to boot) that managed to entertain me on a quiet Saturday night. There might not have been any swoony goodness but there is a happily ever after and those are enjoyable to read every once in a great while.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Not in the same league at all as her more famous book The Shell Seekers but still a delightfully entertaining story about families and romance. It is a light and easy read which I finished in just a couple of hours, but they were hours I enjoyed very much. Highly recommended for anyone who needs cheering up by a real happy ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    JayeL

    Rosamunde Pilcher's books are primarily about relationships between people. It is clear that people are fallible and that their fallibility is not fatal. It is clear that people don't think about their lives until they are faced with the reality. The 'good guys' are not great heros. They are just people. Conversely, the 'bad guys' are not terrible, horrifying people. They are people trying to get what they want and making bad decisions. People, in Pilcher's books, are doing the best they can. Th Rosamunde Pilcher's books are primarily about relationships between people. It is clear that people are fallible and that their fallibility is not fatal. It is clear that people don't think about their lives until they are faced with the reality. The 'good guys' are not great heros. They are just people. Conversely, the 'bad guys' are not terrible, horrifying people. They are people trying to get what they want and making bad decisions. People, in Pilcher's books, are doing the best they can. These qualities make her books seem really real to me. Snow in April is a 1972 book, so the smoking is still quite prominent, as it was in Another View. Another thing I like about Pilcher's books is the people have very civilized seeming lives. Snow in April opens with Caroline in the bath before she dresses to go down to dinner. It would be so lovely to be able to come home from work, have a bath, change and go downstairs for a drink followed by dinner. The delicious description of the bathroom makes me want to go there right now and take a bath. Pilcher is the writer who made me want to eat cassoulet. I don't even know what it is in reality, but her descriptions of the dish makes my mouth water. Very entertaining books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was practically weaned on Rosamunde Pilcher, and I can't help loving her lovely little stories of English life. She's very much along the lines of Maeve Binchy, though she was writing mostly in the 70s. The short ones like these are just pleasant books you can read in a day and forget. The longer ones (The Shell Seekers is the one everybody knows) are absolutely wonderful. I'll probably read them all every seven years or so for the rest of my life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I don't know why I love Rosamunde Pilcher so much! Her heroines are always young, put upon, and vulnerable. They are often engaged to the wrong man, as with this one. Her heroes are nice, strong, and sensible. The books are not really humorous or suspenseful. But these domestic family dramas(again, not really Dramas with a capitol D. more like Pickles as in Predicaments.) are charming, warm, and cozy. A very nice romance is always the centerpiece. And the endings are very satisfying. They are ju I don't know why I love Rosamunde Pilcher so much! Her heroines are always young, put upon, and vulnerable. They are often engaged to the wrong man, as with this one. Her heroes are nice, strong, and sensible. The books are not really humorous or suspenseful. But these domestic family dramas(again, not really Dramas with a capitol D. more like Pickles as in Predicaments.) are charming, warm, and cozy. A very nice romance is always the centerpiece. And the endings are very satisfying. They are just lovely. They create a world (usually in Scotland) that you just want to live in, and as long as the book lasts, you feel like you do. This is not my favorite but I still really liked it. The heroine, Caroline, was really stupid about her health, and made some really bad decisions, which the hero, Oliver, chewed her out for. Her stupidity is my main complaint. Everything else is why I love Rosamunde Pilcher. Before I move on to another audio book author, I must read another one. I just can't let that world go just yet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    De esos romances que se dan sin darse cuenta Lectura ligera, pero bonita. Y la autora sabe cómo transmitir los sentimientos de una forma sutil.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I have always enjoyed Rosamunde Pilcher's novels and generally feel a sense of "loss" when I've finished her books and have to leave those characters behind. Snow in April did not grab me early on as many of her other novels have; the initial introduction of the characters seemed slow and almost boring, with a languid Caroline at a dinner party that seemed to never end. Eventually, in the center of the novel, things finally started to get a little interesting, and I loved the description of the I have always enjoyed Rosamunde Pilcher's novels and generally feel a sense of "loss" when I've finished her books and have to leave those characters behind. Snow in April did not grab me early on as many of her other novels have; the initial introduction of the characters seemed slow and almost boring, with a languid Caroline at a dinner party that seemed to never end. Eventually, in the center of the novel, things finally started to get a little interesting, and I loved the description of the Scottish countryside and the estate where Caroline and Jody end up staying for a few days. But the ending? It came too fast. The book should have had a few more chapters to flesh out the storyline and allow the reader to get closer to the characters. Although not up to the caliber of many of Pilcher's other novels, I would still recommend Snow in April to anyone looking for a short, easy read set in England and Scotland.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I love Rosamunde Pilcher-- my mom introduced her to me when I was younger and lived off happy love stories. I still enjoyed the novel-- just wouldn't rate it as a favorite. However, for what it is (a quick, easy feel good novel you read by a fire with a cup of tea) it delivers. It isn't as good as her other easy-reads, so comparing it to them I would give it three out of five stars. For example, I loved Wild Mountain Thyme and The Carrousel, but did not love this one. On a final note, if you fin I love Rosamunde Pilcher-- my mom introduced her to me when I was younger and lived off happy love stories. I still enjoyed the novel-- just wouldn't rate it as a favorite. However, for what it is (a quick, easy feel good novel you read by a fire with a cup of tea) it delivers. It isn't as good as her other easy-reads, so comparing it to them I would give it three out of five stars. For example, I loved Wild Mountain Thyme and The Carrousel, but did not love this one. On a final note, if you find love stories that primarily deal with a heroine who "just can't do a darned thing by herself" and needs a rude, imposing male figure to sort out her life for her due to this chronic inability to think for herself (which comes inherently with the female sex, apparently) demeaning, then this isn't a good choice for you. It is a bit daunting-- definitely not a modern novel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn (in SC) C234D

    I read this in 2006, according to my book journal, but I really can't remember it. My note about it says that it is an older (1971 or so) romantic story in which an engaged girl and her young brother drive from London to Scotland to see their older brother, but get stopped by a blizzard, and a better love prevails. (Not sure now what that means; guess she found someone new.) At any rate, I have always enjoyed this writer, but apparently I didn't think this was one of her better novels.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Everything by Rosamunde Pilcher is five stars for me. This book made me so happy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marina Maidou

    Χιόνι τον Απρίλη - Ρόζαμουντ Πίλτσερ Μια ακόμα ιστορία από την πολυγραφότατη συγγραφέα του Ψάχνοντας για Κοχύλια, όπου μια νέα γυναίκα, παραμονές του γάμου της, βρίσκεται στην Σκοτία αναζητώντας έναν αδερφό, στην ουσία όμως αναζητώντας το νόημα της ζωής της. Τα τοπία της ανοιξιάτικης Σκοτίας που ξαφνικά καταλαμβάνονται από αιφνίδια χιονοθύελλα, περιγράφονται παραστατικά και συνδέονται άμεσα με την ψυχολογία της ίδιας της ηρωίδας μέχρι που καταλήγει απροσδόκητα στη λύση που ικανοποιεί σχεδόν όλους Χιόνι τον Απρίλη - Ρόζαμουντ Πίλτσερ Μια ακόμα ιστορία από την πολυγραφότατη συγγραφέα του Ψάχνοντας για Κοχύλια, όπου μια νέα γυναίκα, παραμονές του γάμου της, βρίσκεται στην Σκοτία αναζητώντας έναν αδερφό, στην ουσία όμως αναζητώντας το νόημα της ζωής της. Τα τοπία της ανοιξιάτικης Σκοτίας που ξαφνικά καταλαμβάνονται από αιφνίδια χιονοθύελλα, περιγράφονται παραστατικά και συνδέονται άμεσα με την ψυχολογία της ίδιας της ηρωίδας μέχρι που καταλήγει απροσδόκητα στη λύση που ικανοποιεί σχεδόν όλους. Ίσως, θα μπορούσε να έχει περισσότερη έκταση και ανάλυση των καταστάσεων που οδήγησαν την Καρολάιν στις αρχικές της επιλογές, επειδή η επιγραμματική σχεδόν απόδοσή τους (η μποέμικη ζωή μεγαλώνοντας στην Ελλάδα, η αντίθεση με την ελεγχόμενη ζωή στο Λονδίνο και η επανάσταση της Καρολάιν με την Δραματική Σχολή που καταπνίγηκε μετά στον προκείμενο γάμο), με ξένισε λίγο επειδή εδώ, αντίθετα από ό,τι π.χ. στον Γυρισμό, υπάρχει πιο πρωτότυπο και ενδιαφέρον υλικό.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emanuela

    Un romance carino che si fa leggere velocemente, ma che però non coinvolge eccessivamente, alcune scene sono molto rapide, poco dettagliate, soprattutto il finale, che mi è sembrato molto affrettato. Cosa invece che ho apprezzato sono le descrizioni di una Scozia che prima o poi dovrò visitare.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather Rae

    Silly. Great setting, some likeable characters, but the lead female and the romance were just plain silly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    katinameow

    Why do I love this little book so? I can't pinpoint one item that stands out. In fact, what I notice are the small details. The cook, Mrs. Cooper's thick brogue and overuse of the word "wee" fill me with delight. My heart breaks for Lisa, the dog, waiting for her owner who will never come home. "It's a sad thing, a dog without a master. " (pg. 60) The description of the geraniums in pots which bring a hint of the Mediterranean to Caleb's and Iris' London cottage remind me of the potted geraniums Why do I love this little book so? I can't pinpoint one item that stands out. In fact, what I notice are the small details. The cook, Mrs. Cooper's thick brogue and overuse of the word "wee" fill me with delight. My heart breaks for Lisa, the dog, waiting for her owner who will never come home. "It's a sad thing, a dog without a master. " (pg. 60) The description of the geraniums in pots which bring a hint of the Mediterranean to Caleb's and Iris' London cottage remind me of the potted geraniums on my porch for the same reason. Jody's fear of telephones and spiders, but not of getting a ride in a lorrie with a stranger harken back to a simpler tume, if that's what you can call the 1970s, when the book was written. This is a sweet and simple story of meek, indifferent Caroline and her old-style little brother Jody, who are both facing major transitions. Caroline is getting married, and Jody is moving to Canada with his step mom and her new husband. (Their father passed away, leaving them in their stepmother Diana's care. ) Jody receives a telegram from their long lost hippy brother Angus, and Caroline and Jody hatch a plan to go see Angus before their lives change forever. Unfortunately, some heavy snow stops them from getting there. Stranded and cold, the siblings find themselves at the doorstep of Oliver Cairney, who has just buried his brother and is settling his estate, including the tired but comforting Cairney House. The house is brought back to life, and with it, so are Caroline, Jody, and Oliver.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Caroline Cliburn is twenty years old and has recently become engaged. She travels from London to Scotland, hoping to finally make contact with her eldest brother Angus. The brother and sister haven't seen each other in several years, but Caroline and her younger brother Jody are both determined to find Angus and try to convince him to come back home. Then, Caroline plans to return home in time for her wedding to the man her strong-willed stepmother Diana thinks is so suitable for Caroline. Unfort Caroline Cliburn is twenty years old and has recently become engaged. She travels from London to Scotland, hoping to finally make contact with her eldest brother Angus. The brother and sister haven't seen each other in several years, but Caroline and her younger brother Jody are both determined to find Angus and try to convince him to come back home. Then, Caroline plans to return home in time for her wedding to the man her strong-willed stepmother Diana thinks is so suitable for Caroline. Unfortunately, a sudden blinding Scottish snowstorm strands the siblings at the house of a grieving young man named Oliver Cairney. Having recently lost his brother in a car accident, Oliver is still recovering from the tragedy and not really expecting visitors to his isolated family home. However, as the heavy blizzard-like conditions continue, Oliver realizes that Caroline and Jody need a place to stay. And, as the snow continues to fall over an extended period of time both Caroline and Oliver find themselves on the brink of making terrible mistakes; but perhaps these two wounded souls can save each other. First of all, let me say that in my opinion this was just so typically Rosamunde Pilcher - light, sweet and simple reading. I don't mean that as a detrimental statement, as I appreciated that the story was uncomplicated and truly heartwarming. I would give this book an A+!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Soniaibz

    Es una novela romántica que intenta tener los elementos de una novela romántica pero en un libro que tiene solo ciento y pico páginas. Asi que la cosa ha quedado fatal; la mitad es descripción, un cuarto introducción de los personajes y el otro cuarto (malamente y a todo correr) es la historia de amor, si se la puede llamar asi. Exagerando un poquitín en 20 páginas tenemos "Eres una cria insoportable. Espera que ya me caes mejor. Eres lo más importante en mi vida. Felices Forever". A ver, a ver. Es una novela romántica que intenta tener los elementos de una novela romántica pero en un libro que tiene solo ciento y pico páginas. Asi que la cosa ha quedado fatal; la mitad es descripción, un cuarto introducción de los personajes y el otro cuarto (malamente y a todo correr) es la historia de amor, si se la puede llamar asi. Exagerando un poquitín en 20 páginas tenemos "Eres una cria insoportable. Espera que ya me caes mejor. Eres lo más importante en mi vida. Felices Forever". A ver, a ver. ¡Que mal! Sabía que era una novela romántica pero de verdad que me esperaba algo un poco más sustancial. Es simplona. Es aburrida. No veo el amor por ningún sitio, en todo caso una relación paterno-filial y mucho, pero encima mal construida. El argumento en si no tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Y el final... precipitado es decir poco. Vamos, una maravilla de libro.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A lovely story. It makes you feel good curled up with it and a cup of tea kind of thing. What increases the enjoyment is the author's command of the language and writing talent. I am starting "Wild Mountain Thyme" next by her. A friend at the library has told me that her son, Robin Pilcher, is an even better writer than she is. So I'll read him next. I love stories set in England anyway, although this writer is Scottish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Had read it long ago and usually remember what i read, but really was like reading it for the first time. Just a nice, light read . Really i just enjoy all her books and reread them all . Also like her son, robin's books too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shemeika Stone

    The best thing about this book is the author. Thank goodness I got it from the library. Short story about an idiot and her brother and the journey they undertake to find another idiot. Ridiculous and romantic at the same time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vikki

    This was a delightful story. It took me two days to read this book. I was very glad to read it. It is the story of a girl who is about to be married. She goes to Scotland with her brother...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eleonora Salviato

    Premetto che non ho letto molti romanzi rosa, anzi forse questo è proprio il primo, sarà per questo che mi è piaciuto. Intanto io adoro Londra, l'Ighilterra, il Regno Unito, i bei paesaggi e le storie di fratelli. E devo dire che era proprio curiosa di sapere se alla fine Caroline e Jody avrebbero trovato il loro fratello maggiore e contena poi che l'abbiano trovato anche se sono rimaste delle questioni in sospeso ( che io non sopporto..). Comunque mi è davvero piaciuto anche il legame formatosi Premetto che non ho letto molti romanzi rosa, anzi forse questo è proprio il primo, sarà per questo che mi è piaciuto. Intanto io adoro Londra, l'Ighilterra, il Regno Unito, i bei paesaggi e le storie di fratelli. E devo dire che era proprio curiosa di sapere se alla fine Caroline e Jody avrebbero trovato il loro fratello maggiore e contena poi che l'abbiano trovato anche se sono rimaste delle questioni in sospeso ( che io non sopporto..). Comunque mi è davvero piaciuto anche il legame formatosi tra Caroline, Jody e Oliver e sono felice che vivranno tutti insieme felici e contenti.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    This is a quick read, not wholly substantial, but an easy, light romance with few surprises and characters. It was difficult to remember that Caroline was twenty, since her stubbornness and childish resolve made her seem so much younger. Not much depth or development was given to her fiance, Hugh, so Caroline's indifference to him left no emotional sympathy. I think this book would have been better had it been longer, and the characters better defined.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Cheyne

    This wonderful story by my favorite author shows how a decision and a blizzard can change a few people's lives. Caroline Cliburn is going to be married in less than a week. But she borrows a car and drives to Scotland in search of her missing brother. While stranded in a stranger's home Caroline realizes that gratitude is the wrong reason to become a bride. Perhaps she will discover real love as a result of her spontaneous travel adventure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It’s really a 2.5 stars. This must have been an early work as it was sketchy. A short insta romance. Not much rom but nice description of Scotland and trip from London by Caroline & her young brother. RP’s reputation assures me that she wrote better books later. Contrived tale.. but learned about curlews (birds) and swedes (rutabaga) and Mini Moke (dune buggy-type British vehicle).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    This book is reminiscent of the harlequin books from my wayward youth. The lady is a bit dim and the man knows all (although at least this male protagonist isn't cruel and hateful). The character of the younger brother is done well and it is set in Scotland, so it is not a total loss.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was disappointing because I usually love R. Pilcher's books. It started out well but somewhere in the middle it stopped making sense. The characters were not believable and the ending was abrupt.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Gold

    Must be one of Pilcher's earlier works before she matured into the storyteller she became with Winter Solstice, Carousel, and Shell Seekers. Characters and story were not well developed, but it was still fun to read. Short and simple plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nana

    Previous to Goodreads I kept a book log. I am updating ratings based on my log. My rating system is 1 - 10. I gave this book a 6.0.

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