Screen shot from the DVD, Rosamunde Pilcher’s “Coming Home”.

There are only a handful of  books and movies that I’ve enjoyed so much I continue to read or watch them again.  At the top of that list is Rosamunde Pilcher’s 1995 #1 bestselling romance novel, “Coming Home” (which also was made into a two-volume DVD by Acorn Media).  Set in England, the story opens in 1935 and follows the tale of Judith Dunbar, left behind at an English boarding school by her mother and sister, who leave to join her father, posted over seas.

While at boarding school, Judith befriends wealthy, capricious Loveday Carey-Lewis, and is swept into the world of aristocratic England and the family’s seaside estate in Cornwall, Nancherrow.  It is a story about love, friendship, courage, and great wealth, all set against a richly detailed backdrop of the English well-to-do during the late 1930s.  All in all, it’s a luxurious collection of classic, traditional architecture, fashion, and culture.

I have read the book twice.  The DVD I discovered years ago while browsing the shelves of my local library, fell in love with, and went on to buy, too. Although it’s not quite the same as the book, I loved every luscious minute of it.  (During the years that Judith Dunbar is in boarding school, the part is played by a very young Keira Knightley.) I think I’ve seen it at least five times, and then I watched it yet again, recently.  It is two DVDs–202 minutes total–and each time, I have marathon-viewed the entire series on a lazy afternoon, curled up on my sofa with a pot of steaming tea and some delicious, sweet, baked treat.

If you have read the book or watched the two-part series, let me know what you think of it in the comment section below.  I’d love to know your thoughts on it! ~Janis Lyn Johnson

At, the book and audio cassette are available now; the DVD will ship when available. (It’s currently out of stock, but you can pre-order it now, and when it becomes available it will ship to you.)  As of this date, two copies of the DVD are available at  The photographs below are screenshots taken from the DVD.



(ABOVE AND BELOW) Keira Knightley plays the title role of Judith Dunbar during her school years.


Love the cute, canvas crossbody bag (ABOVE) and clawfoot tub (BELOW)!

All above photographs via the DVD “Coming Home”. (BELOW) The book and the DVD.



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