11/11/1999

The Shell Seekers (by Rosamunde Pilcher)

'The Shell Seekers' is a warm family saga by Rosamunde Pilcher, and is the novel that made her famous.

The main focus of this story is Penelope, a sixty-something widower who has just discharged herself from hospital as the story opens, after a suspected mild heart attack.

Penelope's family is gradually introduced and woven together cleverly, with the past and the present intertwining. Each chapter leads neatly onto the next section, dealing with a different person.

There is a surprising climax; yet it is so peaceful (and with many preceding hints) that it is not shocking. The ending is neatly handled, and very satisfying.

Highly recommended.

Review copyright 1999 Sue's Book Reviews

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