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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
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Feb 29, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 1992

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 happens into Penelope's life and becomes inextricably linked and a better 'granddaughter' than her biological grandkids. One of my favorite lines is towards the end where it is said "Penelope may not believe in God, but I am quite sure that God believes in her..." This is a curl up in a chair with a mug of tea, blanket and wallow in the familiarity of it all kind of book.

I have read other Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and none of them had this same effect on me. There's just something about this story....
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Rosamunde Pilcher
“She believed, of course ... because without something to believe in, life would be intolerable.”
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

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Heather I love your review of this book, you put into words perfectly all I wanted to say about it :)

message 2: by Ann (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ann I totally agree!

Carmel Bennett Laura I love your review of this book. I couldn't agree more!

Joan I just started it, and, after reading some of the reviews, I'm glad it is an ugly / rainy/ windy weekend.

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