Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved.
She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are. Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 06/06/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340752463
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by wendyrey
Well I've got 60 pages in and retired defeated with boredom and better things to read. I think I will have another go in a few weeks to try for 200 pages.A dreadfully dull family saga type book.
Review by amanaceerdh
the most charming book i have ever read. i wanted to move to england and live with the heroine of the novel and drink tea and garden all day!!!! the perfect family saga. lots of good characters. read this when you have alot of time to sit and enjoy!!!!
Review by Irene82
Loved the book! I read it last summer during my summer holidays in Holland! I liked the way she presents the characters! Definitely my favorite books from her!
Review by lesleymc
Phew...just finished reading this mammoth book, 600+ pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the story but it took a few (long) chapters to get into it but when I did it was engrossing. I have read as big if not bigger books but this one would have benefitted from being shorter. The characters were believable, some likable, some not so much but all evoked an emotion of some sort - product of good writing skills. When I was reading it at the back of my mind was Angela Landsbury (in the movie) I believe meeting one of the characters (no elaboration here as I don't want to spoil the book), this didn't gel with the novel. I hate it when moviemakers think they can improve on a successful story. Would like to see the movie with Venessa Redgrave, I understand this is more true to the novel. I would have awarded 5 stars, the story was excellent, the descriptions were very well written and beautifully descriptive but some were just too long therefore I have awarded 4 1/2 stars (can't add 1/2 star to rating). However I would still recommend this as a very good read. I am looking forward to hearing what my fellow bookclubbers make of this one.