As many of you know, I’m a rather eclectic reader, and I like to have three or four books, from different genre, going at the same time. I take my time through most non-fiction books, but given the right circumstances time-wise, I’ll plow right through a novel! There’s nothing like turning page after page of a good book! A lingering virus in January gave me plenty of time for some light reading, and I had two terrific books to fill that time.
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The Shell Seekers is the second Rosamunde Pilcher book I’ve read in the last few months. Ms. Pilcher’s writing style really appeals to me. In both The Shell Seekers and Winter Solstice, which I read previously, Ms. Pilcher titles most of the chapters in her books with the name of one of the story’s main characters. This enables her to give us a character’s history while still allowing the story to move forward. The way she develops her characters enables us to really get to know the people in the story, and to love or dislike them for all the right reasons.
At its heart, The Shell Seekers is a book about family relationships, the good, the bad and the not-so-pretty. As Penelope Keeling nears the end of her life, her three adult children have to deal not only with their mother’s declining health, but also with one another’s vastly different opinions on what is to be done with her most valued possession, a painting called The Shell Seekers, painted by Penelope’s late father. Penelope is spunky and knows her own mind, though, and she has a few secrets still to be told.
While there is nothing graphic, there is quite a bit of implied non-marital intimacy, so be forewarned.
The Shell Seekers drew me into the story from the start and held me captive until I turned the last page. Wonderful!
Though it is non-fiction, How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, by Melissa Hellstern, was delightful, and provided some great light reading. As I’ve enjoyed her movies over the years, Audrey Hepburn has always seemed strikingly beautiful and the epitome of graceful movement, so this book appealed to me right away. Though not a biography, or authorized in any way by her family, the book is filled with brief introductory information about various facets of Miss Hepburn’s life and then each topic is furthered with quotes from Audrey, or from those who were closest to her. The book is filled with oodles of fabulous photographs of Miss Hepburn taken throughout her life.
The chapter titles include Success, Love, Family, Style, Fame, Humanity and many more. Though not delving too deeply into any one aspect of her life, her story is told, mostly in her own words, from her childhood, through her teen years in Holland during the second world war, through her illustrious career and into her work with UNICEF in her later years. I learned a lot about Miss Hepburn, and was particularly impressed with why she cut her movie career short at the height of her popularity.
“I’m functioning as a woman should function and I don’t think I’m robbing anybody of anything…..but by working as a busy film actress I think I would be robbing my family, you know, my husband and children, of the attention they should get.”
How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life was a sweet book, filled with wonderful photos and the often humble, sometimes quite wise, words of Audrey Hepburn.
What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments. I’m always on the look out for new-to-me titles and authors.
Remember, I think it’s super important for you to be reading. You can click the links for the books I’m currently reading and for the books I’ve read so far this year, or they’re always available in the sidebar. Lists of books I’ve read in the past few years can also be found in the sidebar.