By Rosamunde Pilcher
On the finish of an extended and worthwhile existence, Penelope Keeling's prized ownership is The Shell Seekers, painted by way of her father, and symbolizing her unconventional lifestyles, from bohemian adolescence to wartime romance. whilst her grown teenagers research their grandfather's paintings is now worthy a fortune, every one has an concept as to what Penelope should still do. yet as she remembers the passions, tragedies, and secrets and techniques of her existence, she is aware there's just one answer...and it lies in her middle.
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You could come here," Penelope said, and then wished that she hadn't, in case she sounded wistful and lonely; in case it sounded as though she needed Olivia for company. "Well ... if you're really all right, I might put it off for a bit. I'm actually frightfully busy this weekend. " "No. I did think about it, and then I chickened out. You know how she fusses. " "How are you feeling? " "Perfectly all right. " "You won't do too much, will you? " "No, I won't. I promise. Anyway, everything's hard as iron.
But even Constable was preferable to this painting. She gazed at it, finding it hard to believe that any person should want such a horror hanging on the wall, let alone pay good money for it. If she had been lumbered with such an object, it would have ended its days either in some forgotten loft or on top of a bonfire. But it was not for any aesthetic reason that Nancy's atten-tion had been caught by The Water Carriers. The reason that she gazed at it with so much interest was the fact that it was by Lawrence Stern.
Her voice came out on a croak. She cleared her throat and tried again. " "Is that all? " Nancy gave a little laugh, trying to make a joke of it, for what else was there to do? "That's not very flattering, Mrs. " "It's your weight. That's what it is. Nothing so aging as letting your figure go. You ought to go on a diet . . it's bad for you, being overweight. " I hate you, Mrs. Croftway. I hate you. "There's ever such a good diet in Woman's Own this week. . You have a grapefruit one day, and a yoghurt the next.
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher