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Winter Solstice/Pilcher, Rosam/Paper/0340769718/S054-A2
Hodder & Stoughton
When she leaves London for the pretty Hampshire village that she describes as "my geriatric bolt-hole", Elfrida Phipps quickly feels at home. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence.
But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquility. She takes refuge in a rambling house in Scotland, which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays. It sounds a recipe for disaster. But somehow the group becomes greater than the sum of its ill-assorted parts and Elfrida finds herself at the centre of a very magical Christmas.
'Much needed balm to soothe the troubled mind' - Sunday Express