Wild Mountain Thyme- Rosamond Pilcher
I loved Rosamond Pilcher from the moment I met her when I read The Shell Seekers. She and Maeve Binchy- who I believe has a very similar style- write novels of love and life in England and Scotland. When one reads them, one can almost smell the heather and hear the delightful British accents all round.
In Wild Mountain Thyme, Victoria Bradshaw in confronted by Oliver Dobbs, a former love who left her when the prospects of well-off in-laws who could support his being a writer crossed his path. He returns to her life bearing his two-year old son, Thomas, that he has kidnapped from the grandparents who were raising him. Victoria never stopped loving Oliver- even though their relationship was always one-sided, so she agrees to help him care for the little boy. Together the two of them travel to Benchoile, Scotland to have a holiday and take Thomas away for a while. While in Scotland, Victoria comes to love Thomas and the family at Benchoile while all the while she is realizing what kind of person Oliver really is.
I love Rosamond Pilcher! Have I said that already? I can read her novels and feel myself swept away to England and Scotland in the lives of the very interesting people she writes of. Somehow I had missed this novel in my previous readings, but I am very thankful I found it in the library book sale! The story of Oliver and Victoria was very engaging and did not disappoint the Pilcher fan in me.