Spotlight/US Giveaway: The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

shell seekers Book Synopsis: An instant bestseller when it was first published in 1987, 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, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. It is filled with real people–mothers and daughters, husband and lovers–and inspired with real values.  Now for the first time in trade paperback, this magical novel—the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while—is the perfect summer 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. Author Info: ROSAMUNDE PILCHER has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short-story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel The Shell Seekers that captured the hearts of all who read it and won her international recognition as one of the most-loved storytellers of our time.  The Shell Seekers was followed by September and then by Coming Home and Winter Solstice, which also became worldwide bestsellers.  She lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

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My brief take:  (read in 2009)

The Shell Seekers is the sweeping tale of Penelope Stern Keeling and her family. It’s also the title of a painting by her father and given to her when she married. We learn Penelope’s story in flashback form – much of it taking place during WWII. A fair amount is also in the present (at the time the book was published – the mid 1980s). If you’re a fan of family sagas and haven’t yet read The Shell Seekers, you’re in for a treat.
The chapters are titled after important characters in the story. I thought the book was a fair reading experience until the chapter “Richard” – that’s when it became a wonderful story for me. I couldn’t put the book down from that point on. I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it.

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10 thoughts on “Spotlight/US Giveaway: The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

  1. I’m so glad they are releasing this book in trade size. Think that it will find many new readers. I think I might have read it in the ’80’s perhaps. Soon after it was published. Loved it. Probably time for a reread. 🙂


  2. I have read this book so many times I’ve had 2 copies fall apart on me. I do agree that the Richard chapter is one of the best. Though I did weep at the last chapter with Olivia’s discovery! I reread it not too long ago and wasn’t as captivated by it as I was in my early 20s but did still enjoy it.


    • I always worry a bit that I might not enjoy a book on reread. I’ve found that age gives new perspective 🙂


  3. It has been a long time since I read this one (and loved it!). I also have the movie in DVD format and watch it occasionally. Thanks for the reminder of this classic.


  4. Definitely time for a re-read. I’d almost forgotten about her until a co-worker loaned my Winter Solstice.


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