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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
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Apr 19, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 29 to April 18, 2012

The Shell Seekers tells of Penelope Keeling, a mother of three and the daughter of the famous Victorian painter, Lawrence Stern. When Penelope's father's paintings begin to gain in popularity and value, two of her children begin urging Penelope to sell her precious painting, The Shell Seekers. This causes Penelope to begin reflecting on her love and losses during World War II, the end of her father's painting career. During this time, Penelope also takes under her wing a young woman of her middle daughter's past and a young gardener helping her. It is through them that Penelope feels she can find a fresh start and see again what she had as a young woman during the war.

I truly love this book. I felt such tenderness towards Penelope as she navigates her two horrible children and finds support from her middle daughter, Olivia. I loved how Pilcher weaved present and past narratives together, allowing the two to give a complete picture of Penelope and her family. I found myself giggling, crying, and feeling angry. The end is very touching and satisfying, even though I didn't quite expect the resolution. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better read!
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03/29/2012 page 19
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04/01/2012 page 32
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04/17/2012 page 437
80.0% "I'll be curious to see how this all wraps up. Such a beautiful story thus far."
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message 1: by Debbe (last edited Apr 21, 2012 07:43AM) (new)

Debbe I am going to Cornwall in a few weeks and one of the draws is this book. I want to see it myself! We're going to Scotland too, and I wonder if we'll see any towel warmers. There was a made-for-TV movie with Angela Lansbury, which was decent. I love the memories, the food, the people around her table, and her garden! I'm thankful she had Olivia and the gardening couple! There is a sequel, September, that is pretty good too. Pilcher's son, Robin, wrote a book both my husband I enjoyed, A Risk Worth Taking. (I see this doesn't have the highest reviews on Amazon-oh well, not the first time we take the road less traveled.) Glad you enjoyed Shell Seekers too.


Talia Wow! A trip to Cornwall will be amazing! I look forward to hearing about the trip and seeing photos. I'll have to pick up September and A Risk Worth Taking.


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