Shell Seekers

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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.

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Overview

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.

Set in London and Cornwall between World War II and the present, this is the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heart-break that have held them together for three generations--a story of life, hope, children and death.

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"A HUGE, WARM SAGA...A deeply satisfying story written with love."— The New York Times Book Review

"BEAUTIFULLY DONE...A book about families...When the reader closes the book, it is with a sense of regret— regret that there is no more."— Boston Herald

"A LOVELY STORY, the best, really absorbing book I've read in a long time, the kind you hate to put down and especially hate to finish."— Atlanta Journal & Constitution

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The Shell Seekers, remarked a Publishers Weekly contributor, "is a satisfying and savory family novel . . . [with] rich layers of description and engagingly flawed characters." New York Times Book Review contributor Maeve Binchy commented that the flashbacks "are done with the ease and charm of a kindly friend showing you a photograph album: not a mammoth session to glaze the eyes, but a gentle journey telling you these longed-for facts about people you already know." She concluded: "It is a measure of this story's strength and success that a reader can be carried for more than 500 pages in total involvement with Penelope, her children, her past and the painting that hangs in her country cottage. The Shell Seekers is a deeply satisfying story, written with love and confidence."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312961329
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 582
  • Sales rank: 90,624
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosamunde Pilcher is the author of such worldwide bestselling novels as September, Coming Home, Winter Solstice, and Voices in Summer. The Shell Seekers was a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. She is also the author of The World of Rosamunde Pilcher. Pilcher is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). She lives with her husband Graham and their dog in Perthshire, Scotland.

Biography

Prior to the phenomenal success of The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short-story writer, but it was with this novel that she found herself embraced by readers around the globe. She is now internationally recognized as one of the most-loved storytellers of our time and has gone on to write the celebrated bestselling novels Coming Home and September. She lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jane Fraser
    2. Hometown:
      Invergowrie by Dundee, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 22, 1924
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lelant, Cornwall, England
    1. Education:
      St. Clare's Polwithen, Howell's School Llandaff, then Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Best I've ever read

    I had to write.....this is a book I read years ago and I still recommend it to every one I meet. It was one of those books that you get so caught up in it that at the end, you are truly sad that the book has reached it's end. Beautifully written, the readers can picure themselves in another place. The characters are real, the story line is believeable, unlike so many today, and the ending is perfect. A real keeper in your library.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    One of my all time favorites!

    Shell Seekers is one of my all time favorite books. I loved the story, characters and messages it presented. I found myself reading all of Rosamunde Pilcher's books afterwords but none of them were as fun as the Shell Seekers. I was thrilled when I found a good used hardcover through Barnes on-line that I purchased for my permanent library.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Shaped my teenage years, adult years.....

    I first read Rosamunde (yes, I refer to her by her first name!) during a surgery as a 16 year old high school student. What I thought was a 'mom' book, soon turned into my favorite book of all time. Fifteen years later, I am still hugely in debt to Rosamunde for sharing her skill and imagination with me throughout all of her books. (I own them all.) I re-read them often as the mood strikes and am always filled with a renewed sense of appreciation for her imagery and depth of character. I feel an absurd connection with Cornwall that I use as my 'imaginary vacation spot'. Her beautiful stories are appropriate for such a broad age-range. The Shell Seeker's is original in that it does not contain any sexual content that would be objectionable. Lovely first novel for anyone!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    Awesome!!

    Read this years ago as a college student. It is still one of my all time favorites! Great vacation book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    A classic

    *****

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Worth getting a copy of!

    I came across this book as I was in a second-hand bookshop (sadly I don't understand why some mainstream books are given priority instead of gems like this). Something about the synopsis caught my attention, and so I bought it. The characters were so real, it seemed like you met them for real. Penelope is a darling--a unconventional woman--but a darling, nevertheless. Olivia is a woman every woman wants to be--competent and confident. Antonia is a sweetie--you would wish her for a sister or girl friend. Danus is the perfect mysterious guy, but you would like to keep his acquaintance once you get to know everything him about him. Nancy and Noel have kept their role--you might hate them, but they also get the story rolling. I loved the flashbacks as well the story taking place forty years later--it would be so hard to put down! When I lost the hardbound format of this book, I was pretty much devastated and bought another. Reading it again and again never loses its flavour--I don't want to tell more and rob you of the pleasure of meeting the characters and be with them as the story rolls on!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Warm,Thoughtful Read

    I enjoyed reading this book because the characters and storyline were so close to happenings in real life; therefore, I found myself weighing the author's insight on happenings in my own life. It was good to read a book wherein personally held values were addressed so well.
    Pilcher accomplished a realistic story that lasted through 3 generations of family. Each of her characters offered his/her own "take" on the situations and values addressed. This affords the reader plenty of points of view to reckon with-much like reality. Personally, I'm sorry the main character never found a real, personal belief in a greater power. The love story was beautifully and realistically told. The toll that war takes on love, family, personal values, and a person's ability to establish/maintain a faith in God are all issues that are addressed. An enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Shell Seekers is one of the best from Rosumunde Pilcher

    This is one of my favorite books Mrs. Pilcher has written.
    Her descriptions, location, characters, invite you into the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    The absolute best of its genre - a treasure!

    A wonderfully engrossing story which takes us to beautifully detailed places and allows us to know deeply interesting people. This is the ONLY book of this type that I still repeatedly give as a gift. When I last went to buy it in a store, I was told it was out of print. If so, what a shame. Its both intelligent and touching. Still memorable and worthwhile after 20 yrs. Just a great story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    A classic family saga but a few too many disfuntional plots

    Clutteriing the flow and a curious unsatisfying ending did they make a movie? Written today would have included receipes. The best of her lot. This is a good woman 's book club read still and had a pretty cover. One or two steps above a cartand romance and longer than steele m.a.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    i first read this when my aunt introduced me to rosamunde pilche

    i first read this when my aunt introduced me to rosamunde pilcher's work-i still thank her for that!  i very cozy, homey english  read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Great Read!!!!

    Like the descriptions of each character...makes for much good read.

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    I cried l laughed l reread it about 50 times

    I cried l laughed l reread it about 50 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    It's about time!

    I am so glad that Rosamunde Pilcher's books are finally available on the Nook. I read "Shell Seekers" when it first came out and it has always been a favorite of mine. I just bought it for my Nook and reread it this summer. I am happy to say that the book was just as good as it was the first time I read it. Now I need to reread "Coming Home".

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Great Family Saga

    I have read this book about 4 or 5 times in the past 10 years. It is a wonderful, heart-warming story, with lovable characters. Gives great insight to how the events of World War 2 affected people who were not in the "thick of it," so to speak. I always picture Maureen O'Hara as Penelope, even though she is described as dark haired, dark eyed. Penelope has her spirit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    This is my all time favorite.  I own a hardback, which I purchas

    This is my all time favorite.  I own a hardback, which I purchased after a friend loaned me her paperback, and I read it every summer.  Never get tired of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Fabulous

    This is my first book by this author. I am an advid reader several books a week. I found it educational about life in england during the war. The family loved each other and loved life, hardtimes were just that. Penelope is so dear to my heart, this will always be my favorite book. You wont want the book to end. And yes i cried.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    A favorite.

    Thanks so much for offering Rosamunde Pilcher books in an e-book form. I love all of her longer length novels, but the short stories, not as much. I have the printed versions, but enjoy e-books better.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Great Read!

    Great book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Disappointing

    I don't understand the rave reviews. I found this book hard to get through and couldn't wait until it was over. Penelope raised a bunch of selfish whining children and was tired of reading about them and their selfish behavior. I thought the book skipped around too much and I was confused sometimes about what year it was etc. I have read much better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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