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The Shell Seekers (1987)

by Rosamunde Pilcher

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Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers is "a huge warm saga...A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence" (Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review).

The Shell Seekers was adapted twice to film (1989 and 2006).

An instant bestseller when it was first published, The Shell Seekers is an enduring classic which has touched the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. A novel of connection, it is the story of one family‚??mothers and daughters, husbands and lovers‚??and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. This magical novel‚??the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while‚??is the perfect read, whether you are returning to it again, or opening the cover for the first time.
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
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Excellent author Goodreads ReviewThe Shell Seekers is a novel of connection: of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The Shell Seekers is filled with real people--mothers and daughters, husband and lovers--inspired with real values. The Shell Seekers centers on Penelope Keeling--a woman you'll always remember in world you'll never forget. The Shell Seekers is a magical novel, the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while.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. (less)
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I've been hearing about this book for a long time. I'm so glad I finally read. It was amazing. I was afraid after seeing the table of contents with a list of names that I would never remember all of the characters or be able to keep them straight. Not so. The author made sure that all of the characters were intertwined perfectly. It was a great book. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Jan 5, 2024 |
I loved this book. It's my second of Pilcher's books. I will read more. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jul 11, 2023 |
A joke at book club recently led me to re-read some of Pilcher's books. Just as when I first read them, I tackled Coming Home first and this one second. I think it's fair to say that The Shell Seekers is her most beloved work, and I did enjoy it, but not quite as much as Coming Home. There wasn't that feeling of being so strongly attached to as many (any?) of the characters in this one. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers is "a huge warm saga...A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence" (Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review).

The Shell Seekers was adapted twice to film (1989 and 2006).

An instant bestseller when it was first published, The Shell Seekers is an enduring classic which has touched the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. A novel of connection, it is the story of one family‚??mothers and daughters, husbands and lovers‚??and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. This magical novel‚??the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while‚??is the perfect read, whether you are returning to it again, or opening the cover for the first time.
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

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