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The Shell Seekers By Rosamunde Pilcher The Shell Seekers The Shell Seekers is a novel of connection of one family and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations The Shell Seekers is filled with real people mothers and

  • Title: The Shell Seekers
  • Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • ISBN: 9780517222850
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Shell Seekers By Rosamunde Pilcher The Shell Seekers is a novel of connection of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations The Shell Seekers is filled with real people mothers and daughters, husband and lovers inspired with real values The Shell Seekers centers on Penelope Keeling a woman you ll always remember in world you ll never forget The SThe Shell Seekers is a novel of connection of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations The Shell Seekers is filled with real people mothers and daughters, husband and lovers inspired with real values The Shell Seekers centers on Penelope Keeling a woman you ll always remember in world you ll never forget The Shell Seekers is a magical novel, the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while.At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance When her grown children learn their grandfather s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answerd it lies in her heart.
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    1. Rachael on said:

      There s something about this book that always makes me resolve to move to Cornwall, bake lots of bread and have an enormous flower garden, and spend the rest of my days painting huge swathes of light on the beaches That aside, this is one book that I regularly read every six months and love each time I don t know how to describe it Just go read it.

    2. Candi on said:

      The most ordinary of prospects caused her to stop and stare The last of the leaves dropped from the trees, and the bare branches made lace against pale skies Sun after rain turned cobbled streets blue as fish scales, dazzling to the eye Autumn winds, whipping the bay to a scud of white caps, brought with them, not cold, but a surging sense of vitality Penelope Keeling knows how to live life to the fullest and I absolutely adore her She grasps those things that matter most in life the comfort of [...]

    3. Dem on said:

      3.5 StarsA beautifully written character driven novel about family and life, love and loss, greed and hope, a book that has the charm and eloquence of books from a bygone era, just a good old fashioned family saga, a story with real characters and places that are interesting and vivid.I had never read a book by this author before and as a couple of Goodread friends have really enjoyed her novels and the fact I saw it on the BBC list ofTop 100 booksI just had to try one and I was in not disappoin [...]

    4. Mathew on said:

      Rosamund Pilcher is consistently marketed via book jackets covered with flowers I m not sure why On the surface, Pilcher s stories are nostalgic and evocative of magical other places where good things always happen to good people but her novels and characters are consistently rich, complicated, and subtle I ve not read another author who could draw the infuriating imperfections and dysfunctions of family so accurately, or so compassionately It s easy to admire, then almost despise, and then love [...]

    5. Margitte on said:

      From the blurb Set in London and Cornwall from World War II to present 1983 , The Shell Seekers tells the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations The family centers around Penelope, and it is her love, courage, and sense of values that determine the course of all their lives Deftly shifting back and forth in time, each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family s history The unifying thread is an oil pa [...]

    6. Sara on said:

      I seldom find myself blubbering over a book any I used to do it when I was younger, but my insides seem to have toughened as I have aged My sentimental side is harder to access, and even when a book evokes strong feelings I do not really cry Well, Pilcher put the lie to that today I cried like I was 15 again, felt foolish doing it, and felt clean and empty afterward.OK, maybe I was just needing a good cry It happens But, there was something very touching in the way Pilcher presented this story a [...]

    7. Laura on said:

      This is one of my favorite books of all time, but I d be hard pressed to explain why The criticisms of this book are true enough semi cliched characters and all but I just love them I love Penelope and this book makes me want to garden and cook soup and let everyone be themselves even if they re stuffy and stodgy or not at all in fashion I love that her personal life is real, as in far from perfect her societally correct husband was miserable and her true love wasn t allowed I love that Antonia [...]

    8. Stephanie on said:

      You really can t judge a book by its cover.People have recommended Rosamunde Pilcher s books to me for years, and I refused to read them because all the covers looked like they had been marinated in mothballs But after spying The Shell Seekers on the BBC s The Big Read Top 100 Books, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try Annoyingly, several people had put it on reserve at the library before me, so by the time I received it, I wasn t nearly as enthusiastic as I had been when I had origin [...]

    9. Lucy on said:

      From its supermarket cover have you seen it It felt embarrassing to have such a romantically embossed book in my hands to its one dimensional characters, the entire book reminded me of a heavyweight beach read So.what should get a nice summer read review instead trips me up for weeks, unable to write anything about this book and a dozen others because I m forced to question my reasoning Why do I feel so bad about being critical of this book Mostly, I think it s because many friends and readers I [...]

    10. Joey Woolfardis on said:

      Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I m not a huge fan of genreless fiction, not in the least when it has a strong romance vibe, but I found The Shell Seekers to be a pleasant read It was not at all taxing and can be described as escapist literature, and requires not an awful lot of mental agility to get through, but that was part of its charm.The best thing about the book was how splendidly well it was written I wasn t hugely captivat [...]

    11. Abeer Hoque on said:

      I thought this book would be better for all its NYT Book Review and other praise, but it wasn t Ostensibly a sprawling family saga centring around matriarch Penelope, it s basically the same 2 or 3 characters with different names playing out over three generations If you re a good character, then you re independent, stubborn, glossy haired, tall, beautiful You love France, holiday in Spain, dream of Cornwall, and believe in children out of wedlock and monied bohemian lifestyles but not too monie [...]

    12. Jeanette on said:

      Yes, I have to add agreement She wrote with such compassion without a hint of the maudlin Her books were like rich soothing chocolate perfect for blooming a centered core of caring peaceful contemplation And they never enabled trouble or dysfunction, but seemed to disarm it at the source.The flowers on the bookcovers I understand Graphics of her gardens Her characters often centered themselves in gardening and her plant depth knowledge of form and placements was phenomenal.

    13. Susu on said:

      I read this years ago when I lived in Seattle I still remember it A plot that one remembers for 20 years speaks a lot for a novel.

    14. Ashley on said:

      She had loved them all, her children Loved each one the best, but for different reasons Love, she had found, had a strange way of multiplying Rosamunde Pilcher creates a full and mostly satisfying world here a family saga heaped with descriptions of lovely gardens, splendid meals, the exotic beauty of Ibiza, and the tranquil coast of Cornwall In her introduction, she writes that she intended The Shell Seekers to be A big fat novel for women Something, above all, that tapped into my life and the [...]

    15. Mo on said:

      I was at loose ends, not knowing what I felt like reading I had a CRAZY busy week coming up and I knew I didn t want to waste what little time I had with a mediocre book So I decided to scroll through my GR friend Sarah s shelves, and see what she had rated 5 stars My eye fell upon The Shell Seekers and I remembered that our mutual friend Claude also had given it 5 stars Then a lightbulb went off over my head They, along with another mutual friend Gita, had all recommended this book to me a whil [...]

    16. Emma Rose Ribbons on said:

      A wonderful, perfect reread My heart is full This is one of those few times when I feel like should have a regular star rating, and then a separate award for those Special Books Those that take over your mind and soul Those that somehow strike that perfect balance between cosy and haunting The Shell Seekers is one such book Rosamunde Pilcher is an author I ve always meant to read, she s often mentioned in the same breath as comforting authors I love Miss Read, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Georgette Hey [...]

    17. Jill on said:

      I read this because it is one of my moms favorite authors books and I wanted to be able to discuss it with her while she is still around It was very enjoyable and amusing book about a family and the issues one has to deal with as a parent ages The struggle between letting the parent be independent and still be safe is always a tough one The thing I took away from this book was the importance of letting a person be who they are no matter their age and limitations Penelope the matriarch of the fam [...]

    18. Oana on said:

      If, when deciding to pick up this 500 pages tome, you re expecting some kind of plot, this is surely not the book for you If you enjoy evocative dreamy novels and atmospheric writing about mundane beautiful things, then this is the perfect choice The Shell Seekers is exactly what the blurb tells you it is a novel of connection of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations The quintessential plotless novel It is about realistic characters who [...]

    19. ✨Susan✨ on said:

      I read this a million years ago I still remember it being so good.

    20. Lynne Wald on said:

      Rosmund Pilcher is someone I discovered on holiday in Cyprus I had finished reading all the books I had taken, and in the hotel there was a BIG book by here called Winter Solstice Because I had nothing else to do I started to read it the story is about a woman of 60, ex actress who is involved with a man, of a certain age, who has just lost his wealthy wife and only daughter The woman takes him under her wings, and he is kicked out of his house by the step sons the plot involves a house in Scotl [...]

    21. Irina on said:

      Ultrapassou as minhas expectativas O melhor Penelope das melhores personagens que j li O pior a edi ao ser antiga com uma tradu ao muito antiquada.

    22. Carmo on said:

      Adorei este livro Gosto sempre destas grandes hist rias que atravessam gera es Neste caso come ou no entardecer da vida da protagonista Pen lope A partir daqui o regresso ao passado e s suas origens, feito num relato emocionante que a autora tornou magnifico.Pen lope teve uma inf ncia feliz em Inglaterra, na companhia dos pais m e francesa e pai ingl s pintor e poderia ter tido uma vida comum como qualquer outra mulher, n o tivesse a vida reservado para ela algumas surpresas Atravessou o flagelo [...]

    23. Katherine on said:

      This lovely novel is so atmospheric you feel you re there you can almost smell the flowers, feel the tang of the sea and see light glint off the water My first reading of this book, so many years ago, instilled in me such an interest and a love for Cornwall that it remains today, while the well written characters seem to be real people than characters from a book An old favorite that is still a wonderful pleasure to revisit.4.5 stars instead of 5 simply because there are a few points in the sto [...]

    24. Marialyce on said:

      This novel was positively wonderful I enjoyed every single page of it.

    25. Megan Baxter on said:

      Another book that I really enjoyed because of the characters the main character, Penelope, in particular The story is another of those sprawling family stories in both time and space and characters , which in general, I enjoy very much, as long as they are skillfully told and executed Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    26. Lori on said:

      Rosamunde Pilcher weaves yet another heart stirring tale of life, love, and loss Sixty four year old Penelope Keeling reflects on her past after suffering a heart attack I laughed with her, and cried too Pilcher s extraordinary ability to bring her characters to life amazes me I became very engrossed in Penelope s story as her memories and secrets were brought to light A walk down memory lane revealed long forgotten bliss and sorrow so real my heart ached Penelope is a character so beautifully w [...]

    27. Richard on said:

      a novel set in England during WWII and into the supposed present This is one of Lynnette s favorite books so I wanted to read it to try to understand what she likes It is written with a definite woman s point of view in terms of language and emphasis I did like the book Pilcher is a very good writer with depth in her characterizations and descriptions of places and people The story is about an older woman, Penelope, who reflects back on her life She has three older children, two who are self cen [...]

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