The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers

Paperback - 2015
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"A huge warm saga . . . A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence." --Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review

For the first time ever in trade paperback, Rosamunde Pilcher's beloved, #1 New York Times bestselling novel--a captivating story of life and love.

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 heart.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9781250063786
Branch Call Number: FIC Pilch
Characteristics: 632 pages


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Jun 13, 2018

I wanted to read this book but the print is microscopic!! I don't always need large print but this print size and cheap paperback book binding hard to keep open is ridiculous! This is the only copy so there is no large print or hard cover copy!!

siammarino May 30, 2015

Loved this story of a strong English woman, Penelope Stern, and her relationships with the men and children in her life. Penelope is a woman to emulate!

Jun 02, 2014

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

Jan 06, 2014

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

boring story about insufferable people

skylars May 14, 2012

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.

dragonsnakes Mar 03, 2011

One of my favourite books

Aug 25, 2010

Pilcher also wrote under the name of Jane Fraser

Jun 23, 2010

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

Nov 05, 2007

Good but very long.


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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

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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