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Shelves: historical-fiction , favorites , book-i-own , women-s-fiction "The most ordinary of prospects caused her to stop and stare. The last of the leaves dropped from the trees, and the bare branches made lace against pale skies. Sun after rain turned cobbled streets blue as fish scales, dazzling to the eye. Autumn winds, whipping the bay to a scud of white-caps, brought with them, not cold, but a surging sense of vitality" Penelope Keeling knows how to live life to the fullest and I absolutely adore her!
She grasps those things that matter most in life the "The most ordinary of prospects caused her to stop and stare. Autumn winds, whipping the bay to a scud of white-caps, brought with them, not cold, but a surging sense of vitality…" Penelope Keeling knows how to live life to the fullest and I absolutely adore her! She grasps those things that matter most in life — the comfort of a home, the security of a loving mother, the laughter of friends and family, the feel of soil and the beauty of the outdoors, the enticing smells of home-cooked meals, and the allure of a splendid painting.
When I come across a character in one of my books that touches me and makes me want to re-examine my own life, then I know I have found a gem. Unfortunately, I have been guilty of that offense in the past and no less so with this book. However, I decided to give this one a try when I discovered some trusted Goodreads friends were reading this. Well, thank goodness I did — such a true delight!
At the outset, we learn that Penelope is a sixty-four-year old widow that has had a surprise glimpse at her own mortality. We are introduced to her three adult children — Nancy, Olivia and Noel - as well as others that have touched her life at some point or another — her treasured mother and father, an ill-suited husband, a loyal friend, a devoted lover, a grieving young woman and a secretive yet trustworthy gardener.
Each character is drawn with such depth and clarity that I felt I really knew each and every one of them. The title of this novel, The Shell Seekers, derives from a painting given to Penelope by her father, the prominent artist Lawrence Stern.
What they desire reveals to us much about each of them, their innermost substance. As with real people, what we see is not all pretty. Pilcher has the gift of depicting riveting family dynamics. The only way to avoid them is to drive with the greatest care and have much consideration for others.
I loved every minute of this visit and will miss my time spent with Penelope. I am quite pleased that several more Rosamunde Pilcher novels now grace my bookshelf with their blossoming covers and their promise of comfort and pure reading satisfaction.
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