Robin Pilcher’s newest book takes us to Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival. Pilcher is the son of Rosamunde Pilcher, who wrote some of my favorite books including Coming Home and The Shell Seekers. Both authors use the British Isles as a background for weaving a strong sense of place and likable characters into enjoyable light fiction.
Robin Pilcher’s book reminds me of the recent Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy (also available in eAudio at overdrive.icpl.org). Both are a series of chapters that weave many characters and stories together … then everyone meets in one way or another in the last chapter. I enjoyed both books but have to admit I’d rather they not use this formula. Both authors are capable of weaving a wonderful story without chopping it up and jumping around so much. Fans of these authors will enjoy Starburst … but I’m hoping future books will be more like the earlier titles that weave a strong sense of place with good character development to make a more memorable story. ~~Enjoy~~