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Starting Over by Robin Pilcher
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Starting Over (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Robin Pilcher (Author)

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Since the split of her 18-year marriage, Liz Dewhurst has lived with her son, Alex, and her father on their family farm on the east coast of Fife. Liz's acrimoni ous divorce and the decline of the farming business has left the farm burdened with debt - Liz wants to keep the farm but her father feels it sensible to sell to a company who wants to make the land into a golf course. The arrival of Arthur, a professor, seems to bring more trouble but Liz's misgivings about taking in a lodger evaporate when she realises that not only does Arthur's presence help her lonely father but that she too, enjoys his company. Arthur, also divorced, is anxious to live life to the full, and asks Liz to accompany him on a trip to Spain. Liz refuses but then decides, why not? When Arthur breaks his ankle, she's joined by Will, Arthur's estranged son, and with Arthur being the patient from hell and Liz feeling that she shouldn't be there, the return journey to Scotland is not an easy one but on the way the unexpected happens...… (more)
Member:SueinCyprus
Title:Starting Over
Authors:Robin Pilcher (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2002), 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, Robin Pilcher, 2002: read, 2017: read, 2022: read

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Liz is a farmer who lives near St Andrews in Scotland. An American firm want to build a golf course on her land. Not the normal setting for a novel, but it's a great book of endings and beginnings, lovely characters, and very believable.

A little confusing in the early chapters as characters are introduced in quick succession, including an unexpected leap to Australia. But the storylines soon weave together in expert fashion.

I found a tad too much description about places, farming methods and golf courses, but it was easy to skim. It's the characters who matter, and they are three-dimensional and sympathetic. All in all, I enjoyed this very much. Re-read after fifteen years, by which time I had entirely forgotten the plot resolutions; when I re-read again just five years afterwards, I had forgotten it again.

Definitely recommended.

Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2022/11/starting-over-by-robin-pilcher.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Added above the title are the words, "rediscover the power of family, friends, and love...". Robin Pilcher shares his story with rich descriptions of his beloved Scotland and a warmth and thoughtfulness to each character he introduces into the storyline. The characters come alive to the extent that I wish I could go and spend some time with them. I would especially love to have some girl talk with Liz and Annabelle. For someone that loves golf, they might be thrilled to spend some time with Roberta or Alex.
For anyone that has been through the heartache of a broken heart whether through a cheating partner, a separation, divorce, or loss of a loved one in death, this is a story that could suggest stepping away from the close-up view of one’s own heartache perhaps with a small journey or perhaps with empathy as a listener about another’s world. Hopefully those first steps might encourage one’s own heart or inspire one’s own thoughts to consider forgiveness or at the least an understanding be their bridge to the next steps of their life journey where strength, love, courage and the hope of new days and new dreams begin.
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  FerneMysteryReader | Aug 6, 2014 |
This book was ok. I liked it because it has elements of [a:Rosamunde Pilcher|20849|Rosamunde Pilcher|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1244293675p2/20849.jpg]'s writing in it. The characters are similar, but the sentences are not as carefully constructed and the descriptions tended to make my mind wander. I liked the story and thought the ending was a good one - not a typical and expected fiction ending. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
A nice, easy read about a woman who finds her way back after experiencing several major life changes. ( )
  silva_44 | Jul 14, 2011 |
A quick read, a chick book. Good for escape. ( )
  SLuce | Jul 2, 2006 |
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Since the split of her 18-year marriage, Liz Dewhurst has lived with her son, Alex, and her father on their family farm on the east coast of Fife. Liz's acrimoni ous divorce and the decline of the farming business has left the farm burdened with debt - Liz wants to keep the farm but her father feels it sensible to sell to a company who wants to make the land into a golf course. The arrival of Arthur, a professor, seems to bring more trouble but Liz's misgivings about taking in a lodger evaporate when she realises that not only does Arthur's presence help her lonely father but that she too, enjoys his company. Arthur, also divorced, is anxious to live life to the full, and asks Liz to accompany him on a trip to Spain. Liz refuses but then decides, why not? When Arthur breaks his ankle, she's joined by Will, Arthur's estranged son, and with Arthur being the patient from hell and Liz feeling that she shouldn't be there, the return journey to Scotland is not an easy one but on the way the unexpected happens...

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