The Shell Seekers

Pilcher, Rosamunde

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Shell Seekers
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 answer...and it lies in her heart.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1997, c1987
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks ed
ISBN: 9780312961329
Branch Call Number: FICTION PILCHER 1997
Characteristics: 582 p. ;,17 cm


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As this absorbing saga of a modern English family opens, 64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and ... Read More »

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Jun 02, 2014
  • lyn_bouma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Vivid details...good story...moving ending

A touching story. The main character reminded me of my mother who lived her life for her children. She had her own definition for luxury and happiness. I miss her so much.

Apr 12, 2013
  • Kate72 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

boring story about insufferable people

May 14, 2012
  • skylars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great story about a woman that tells of her life from WWII through the 80's. She has three adult children, that many of us can relate to I'm sure. I loved the part that took us back to her life during the war when she met the love of her life.

Mar 03, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books

Aug 25, 2010
  • Ebbie1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Pilcher also wrote under the name of Jane Fraser

Jun 23, 2010
  • DL7173 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found some sentences and parts rather cutesy/predictable
but otherwise an enjoyable tale

Nov 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good but very long.


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As Penelope Keeling's three adult children struggle to sell their grandfather's oil painting, their family's unusual history unfolds.


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