The phenomenal, heartwarming bestseller by the much-loved Rosamunde Pilcher.
Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are.
Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart.
On the heels of a hasty wartime marriage, Penelope Keeling is left to repent at leisure in the English seaside town of Porthkerris, where her artist father and her French mother are spending the duration of World War II. Safe in the embracing arms of that warm household, Penelope forgets her sour husband and takes a lover, and in that relationship, too, she weathers the war's privations and its hardest blows. In a beautifully detailed family saga that shifts effortlessly back and forth in time, Pilcher (Under Gemini) recounts Penelope's story and that of her three children. When their grandfather's work suddenly comes into vogue, Nancy, obsessed over status, and sleek Noel, adept at getting the most and giving the least, join in urging their mother to sell The Shell Seekers, a painting that gives her great joy. Only Olivia, a cool and collected magazine editor, refuses to be party to their barely concealed avarice. Pilcher's 13th book is a satisfying and savory family novel, in which rich layers of description and engagingly flawed characters more than make up for the occasional cliche. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; Troll Book Club main selection.
The Shell Seekers
I read occasionally and in the past have lacked concentration in the face of background noise.I was given the book Coming Home and loved every bit of it,I was surprised to realise I could block out my surroundings because the writing was so absorbing and well written. I shouldn't have been surprised as the writer is such a professsional.The Shell Seekers is even more readable and has given me many more hours of pleasure, it was no surprise that it was made into a film.
I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.
Rosamunde Pilcher has a way of making you feel like you are there with the characters in her story.
Her descriptions of places,the weather,food,drink etc are so beautifully written you can almost feel and see what is being described.
I have read and re-read many of Rosamunde Pilchers books and will probably,no doubt,read them all again.