I recently went on vacation to Arizona for a much needed R&R break with my mom. We both went with the intent of reading many books while soaking up the sun and drinking lots of cold-pressed juice. A detox-book reading kinda vacation! The first book I chose was
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (side note – I love the name Rosamunde!). My mom is a member of a book club that has been going strong for 20+ years, and one of the members had mentioned this was her favorite over all of the years, so of course I had to read it! The title is deceiving; this book does not take place in a tropical beach setting. The Shell Seekers is the name of a painting that has been in an English family for generations, painted by the grandfather. Each chapter is from the point of view of a different family member, most of whom want to sell the painting so they can become wealthy. Much of the book takes place in the 40’s when the painter’s daughter is assisting in war efforts against the Nazis. I don’t want to go into too many details, but it was a historical romance which is my favorite genre, and I loved it. It was the perfect pool read and I didn’t want it to end. I would give this 8/10 stars, a little slow at times and easy read but strong story and a definite keeper.