Shell Seekers

Painted in WaterlogueWhile waiting for another book I’m on the waiting list for, I have re-read The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher.

Many years have gone by since I read it the first time. Remembered that I loved it, but not the story itself. Oddly enough, I could recall the street name in London — Oakley Street, and the main character’s name; Penelope, but that was all. It’s partly contemporary, but spans over a long time, starting before the outbreak of WWII, and takes place both in Cornwall and London.

Painted in WaterlogueTo say that the book is about a painting — The Shell Seekers — would be a huge understatement, even though it is always lingering there in the background.  It’s a novel that touches your heart on so many levels … about how deeply hurtful human greed can get. How grown-up children will have to learn to live with regrets of their insensitivity, when it’s too late for making nice. Only too common that we take our parents for granted and act as if they were going to live forever.

All the characters in this book were very credible to me, and it feels like I miss some of them, now when I’m finished with it. My favourite character was [of course] Penelope, a strong but kind woman who endured a lot of adversities, due to one, fateful mistake/unfortunate decision. She never strays away from her sincerely kind and down-to-earth personality, and bears her sorrow stoically, without ever telling anyone.

Painted in WaterloguePenelope isn’t my only favourite character … her daughter Olivia also. I feel for her, she’s very driven and may come to regret that later in life.

Without revealing too much of the story; if I could have changed anything at all in this, I would have liked Olivia to have been Richard’s daughter. If you read it, you can always bear that in mind towards the end. That’s the only thing I would possibly change.

I would recommend this book to anyone who takes a liking to those human interest stories, you will neither regret nor forget it, ever.

Not only have I been reading … but also played with my new toy, the Waterlogue app, as you can see in the images here above [they’re all clickable for better viewing]. It’s a delight to see my own photos ‘grow’ into a watercolour painting before my eyes on the iPhone/iPad.

32 thoughts on “Shell Seekers

  1. barb19

    Sounds like my kind of book, I will look out for it, thanks for the great review.
    Your water colours are looking pretty good!

  2. Janine

    Oooohhh! I love that app. I thought those were real watercolor paintings. I’ll have to read the Shell Seekers – it sounds very good

    1. colderweather

      I love that book even more now, second time! It’s definitely one of my all time favourites.

      This is one of the nicest apps I’ve come across 🙂

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    You’ve offered some tantalising tidbits to pique our interest in the “Shell Seekers”; so thank you! I’m looking forward to learning more: )
    Loving the Waterlogued photos (your ducks, as always, are stealing my heart; ) and kudos especially to the developers with their wonderful word play in naming this app – it just works on SO many levels: )

    1. colderweather

      I’ve read all of her books and loved them, but The Shell Seekers has always stood out. It’s very warm, and you can relate to almost all of them.

      Yeah, it’s a very clever name they came up with for the app 🙂 Last night, I brought up a photo and let G. watch, as it ‘grew’ on the iPad … he was in amazement.

      It was funny too, that it came along just as I’d made my own, sorry attempt at watercolour painting… Digital is more ‘my thing’, I guess.

      1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

        Hey, when you already have such skill with the camera, then why not? Your results have been amazing!: )

  4. roughseasinthemed

    I am getting so jealous of your watercolour pix! They are looking very good, have you thought of putting the original pix and the wc together for comparison?

    1. colderweather

      Hello in Gib, and thanks. As I was selecting them last night, for this post, I was actually thinking about that … comparison, and I will do that later with a few.

  5. Annette Ursin Holmboe

    Impressing pictures! I know the author of that book but have never heard about the novel. I am busy with reading already- but if I some day feel I have to read a novel by her, it could be this one.

  6. daydreamer2011

    Oh wow!! Just LOVE them pictures!! It’s a pity there are not any similar effects on for example PSP!

    1. colderweather

      Now I don’t have Photoshop or PSP, but I remember a very good plugin [for both], that you could do very similar things with … I have no idea now what it was called. It was a very big plugin … lots of functions. Julieann had it too… all kinds of painting functions..

      1. daydreamer2011

        Hmmm I am pretty sure I had it too but I totally forgot the name of it too lol

        I still have my PSP 8 disc – that I kindly got from an American friend as he had two of them!!

        But I wanted something newer so I actually ended up buying a newer PSP last year… I like it!

        1. colderweather

          You could hit a button in that plugin with RANDOM on it, and it kept spinning until you stopped it.. it was very cool.

          Well … I had something too, but it wasn’t for Mac..

          1. daydreamer2011

            I remember it…. just annoying that I can’t remember the NAME of it lol

  7. anaqualady

    Sounds like a very good book. I will try and find it. I like stories that expand over a long length of time.
    My new great granddaughters name is Penelope.


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