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Her genius is to create characters you really care for (Daily Express)

The novel beguiles because of Pilcher's warmth, sincerity and easy, undemanding prose (The Sunday Times)

Pilcher's storytelling skills are serene and beguiling (The Times)

A wonderful, not-to-be-missed novel that is destined to provide many hours of pleasurable reading (Woman and Home)

Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle (Woman's Realm)

It is never too soon to discover Rosamunde Pilcher (Good Housekeeping)

''This is storytelling at its best . . . A long satisfying read which would enhance any holiday (Today)

A beautiful, haunting story . . . that will tug at your heartstrings (Prima)

A huge, warm, saga . . . A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence (Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD .

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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.

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  • Poche: 582 pages
  • Editeur : St. Martin's Press (1 juillet 1997)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0312961324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312961329
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,6 x 3,2 x 17,3 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par "graham155" le 26 juin 2002
Format: Poche
Un style frais, simple, délicat et poétique.
Le souci de la description détaillée.
Un cocktail parfait pour découvrir ou mieux connaître l'Angleterre et ses charmes.
Alors on se laisse emporter par l'écrivain et il ne faut surtout pas hésiter, car Winter Solstice est tout aussi merveilleux à lire.
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Relu sur mon Kindle près de 20 ans après la première lecture en version papier, et toujours la même émotion et le même plaisir a retrouver Pénélope et sa vie simple et pourtant si riche, une femme avec ses souvenirs et ses blessures. Je suis fan absolue de Rosamunde Pilcher dont j'ai lu tous les romans et c'est une joie et juste du bonheur de les relire sur ma liseuse.
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128 internautes sur 131 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Is more than 5 stars an option 1 septembre 2001
Par Denise Bentley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. Pilcher takes you in, warms your heart and then wraps you up in the tales of her story, which is spun so intricately with love. Her writing style leaves no corner of a setting or character uncovered. You can see the tilt of their head or an upturned smile, even the scent that they might be wearing or the sea breeze as the wind whips the hair against your face. She is a master.
Penelope is in the later years of her life. After time spent in the hospital she is facing her mortality, along with the present she is remembering her life, loves, and secrets. One of which she has carried quietly over the decades. She is taking a good hard look at her 3 grown children who have not all turned out like a mother might hope for. As they quibble over Penelope's assets she is disgusted by their behavior.
I became so entranced by this book that it was all I wanted to read. There are several surprises along the way and the book is filled with characters that are quite memorable. I have read and enjoyed many of Pilcher's works, one of my favorites being WINTER SOLSTICE, but I have to say this was indeed my favorite of all time. Kelsana 9/01/01
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Unforgettable Characters Make This One of My Top Five Books 20 janvier 2001
Par Antoinette Klein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I doubt that anyone who reads "The Shell Seekers" will ever forget Penelope Keeling and her three children---Nancy, Olivia, and Noel. Nor will they be likely to forget Sophie, Lawrence, Danus, Antoinia, Richard, and the other characters that move through this spell-binding, heart-enriching novel.
Mrs. Pilcher sets out to explore the disastrous effects that the prospect of an inheritance can have on a normal family. She also combines the lifestyle of upper-class Bohemians and the days before, during, and after World War II to tell a story that will be forever fresh.
From the beautiful beaches of Cornwall to the idyllic setting of Ibiza to the bustling life in London, Rosamunde Pilcher transports readers to a world as satisfying as a cup of tea with a plate of warm scones.
You will see Penelope grow up in the sheltering world of her artist father and young, French mother. You will share her first love with Ambrose, her true love with Richard, her most wonderful joys and her deepest heartbreaks. You will see her anguish with her three adult children as she struggles to give them independence and feels their venom. You will see her come to terms with her life and her beloved painting of "The Shell Seekers."
I first read this book several years ago and only yesterday finished a second reading of it. I found it even more warm and heartfelt than ever. I will make it a point to savor this most marvelous book every few years just for the pure joy it gives.
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Another perfect book to read on the beach ~~ 21 février 2001
Par rebelmomof2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Penelope Keeling is a character that you just cannot help but love ~~ hosting dinner parties for friends and family, wearing shabby clothes simply because clothes aren't that important to her and talking about wine, literature and art ~~ sounds perfect to me! I am not fond of Nancy and Noel ~~ two of her children who seems to expect too much from their mother, while Olivia is my favorite child ~~ she's so much like her mother except for being career-driven. She doesn't put many demands on her mother ~~ she's the daughter every mother wishes she has!
Pilcher writes convincingly of the human relationships between Penelope and her children as well as the other characters. She writes of ordinary lives transformed by love. Her descriptions of Cornwall are so vivid that you can almost see the breakers on the beach as well as smelling the salt in the air. It must be artists' paradise!
What captures my fancy is how Penelope is such a warm-hearted person who uses her inheritance to pay for a trip home. Too many people expect their parents to leave them money after they have gone, whereas Penelope spends her inheritance prudently and wisely. She has never followed the rules and she does it with so much grace and love ~~ it makes one want to be more like her instead of like two of her greedy children.
This book covers more emotions and depths of the human lives and these characters become as real as your family. It's a great summer read (or even a winter read ~~ with a pot of hot tea nearby and delicious scones!) and the characters will linger long after the last page is turned.
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Sweeping history 5 décembre 2011
Par A. Luciano - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Penelope, an older woman with three grown children, has just been released from the hospital after having a heart attack. It seems as though she won't live forever. Her kids, Nancy, Olivia, and Noel, seem to realize this and react in different ways. Nancy and Noel are desperate for their mother to sell the artwork of her father, whose paintings have recently become very valuable. They think of the ways in which the money would come in useful to them. Olivia, the middle child and her mother's favorite, is in denial about her mother's age and health, and is really too busy with her career to spend much extra time with her.

Penelope decides that she needs to make some decisions about how she wants the rest of her life to be, and what she wants to happen to her father's precious artwork.

I liked the way this book is so thorough with Penelope's history, going back in time to examine her parents' relationship as well as her own youth. I also liked how each chapter comes at the story from a different angle, through the inclusion of a specific character. There are some truly fascinating side stories in this novel.

I didn't find many of the characters likable or sympathetic, though. Penelope is often thoughtless and immature, and her interactions with Nancy as a baby made me sad for Nancy. Nancy and Noel are terrible people, not even veiling their greed when it comes to their mother's artwork and potential cash inflow. Olivia is cold and harsh. I would have liked to have seen more characters whose lives I really enjoyed.
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Abridged version 9 juillet 2008
Par Teresa A. Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I love reading this book as it really brings to my mind what I should consider important in life: family and friends.

I recently checked out the audio book from my local library and Lynn Redgrave does a wonderful job at reading the story and decided that I wanted my own copy.

The library's copy was unabriged where this particular copy is abridged and it tends to loose some of the story and the pieces of each character.
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