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Sheer Abandon

Penny Vincenzi


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PUBLISHED: 13th August 2005
ISBN: 9780755320837
ANNOTATION:
An enthralling tale of wealth, ruin and secrets from the No. 1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.
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  • Paperback
    $17.80
PUBLISHED: 13th August 2005
ISBN: 9780755320837
ANNOTATION:
An enthralling tale of wealth, ruin and secrets from the No. 1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.

Annotation

An enthralling tale of wealth, ruin and secrets from the No. 1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.

Publisher Description

An abandoned baby girl, a secret, the story of survival - Penny Vincenzi's SHEER ABANDON is the story of one desperate act, and the consequences that follow... 'Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end' Daily Express Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Buchan, Jilly Cooper or Santa Montefiore

One night in 1986 an abandoned baby girl is found in a cupboard at Heathrow airport. A year earlier Martha, Clio and Jocasta had met by chance, at the start of a backpacking adventure: they travelled together briefly and then went their own ways, swearing to meet again when they return home. But it would be a long time until they met again: not until Kate, the foundling, is a teenager, and all three are leading successful lives. Martha is a single, highly paid lawyer, Clio a doctor, locked in an unhappy marriage, and Jocasta a reporter, in love with a charming commitment-phobe. Which of them is Kate's mother? Why was she desperate enough to do such a thing, and how did she survive it?

Author Biography

Penny Vincenzi began her career at Vogue and Tatler, laterworking as Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Woman's Own , before becoming a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan . She is the author of two humorous books and eleven previous novels. Penny Vincenzi is married with four daughters.

Review

Gloriously unputdownable - Woman & Home

Highly addictive - Daily Telegraph

A guaranteed bestseller. Travel, romance, mystery and politics in one novel - Grazia

A gloriously tempestuous and romantic mix; trembling lust and dark secrets - Daily Express

Kirkus US Review

Sixteen years after a trip to Thailand, youthful indiscretions dog four 30-something ex-backpackers, in this voluminous latest from Vincenzi (Almost a Crime, 2006, etc.).At Heathrow Airport, a teenaged, anonymous returnee from Thailand gives birth in a closet, then abandons her infant. Never fear - "Baby Bianca" becomes a London tabloid darling, and is adopted by a decent middle-class couple. Flashback to Heathrow the year before: Four rucksack-toting strangers - vicar's daughter Martha; pretty, chubby Clio; tycoon's daughter Jocasta; and her golden-boy brother Josh - meet while awaiting a flight to Bangkok. They vow to reunite, but lose touch after fanning out across Southeast Asia and Australia. Cut to 2000. Martha is a successful corporate lawyer. Jocasta relishes reporting for a London tabloid, the Sketch, and sex with her "commitment-phobe" boyfriend and fellow scribe Nick. Clio is a caring geriatrician defying NHS restraints (no fan of universal coverage, Vincenzi) to care for her elderly patients. Sterile, she dreads bursting her control-freak surgeon husband Jeremy's bubble of stay-at-home motherhood. Josh, married father of two, is still as randy as he was back in Thailand, where bronzed backpacking beauties were flinging themselves at him. When Baby Bianca, now Kate, surfaces (as a patient advocate for her grandmother), red herrings proliferate. Blond, striking Kate resembles Jocasta, who covers the NHS-bashing story and forms a bond with her. Kate models for a Sketch fashion spread and would-be birth mothers pester her. Meanwhile, her real mother begins to spiral downward, despite a rejuvenating affair with a younger man and a role as an MP candidate. Rebounding from Nick, Jocasta marries a wealthy retail magnate. Clio leaves Jeremy and finds her soul mate in Kate's publicist/manager Fergus. Then a jealous mentor spills the MP candidate's secret to Nick. Nick sits on the story until Kate and the candidate's conservative parents can be told, and the plot, flirting with implausibility all along, succumbs.More compact than five seasons of soap operas, but equally brain-curdling. (Kirkus Reviews)

Long Description

An abandoned baby girl, a secret, the story of survival - Penny Vincenzi's SHEER ABANDON is the story of one desperate act, and the consequences that follow... 'Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end' Daily Express Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Buchan, Jilly Cooper or Santa Montefiore One night in 1986 an abandoned baby girl is found in a cupboard at Heathrow airport. A year earlier Martha, Clio and Jocasta had met by chance, at the start of a backpacking adventure: they travelled together briefly and then went their own ways, swearing to meet again when they return home. But it would be a long time until they met again: not until Kate, the foundling, is a teenager, and all three are leading successful lives. Martha is a single, highly paid lawyer, Clio a doctor, locked in an unhappy marriage, and Jocasta a reporter, in love with a charming commitment-phobe. Which of them is Kate's mother? Why was she desperate enough to do such a thing, and how did she survive it?

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An enthralling tale of wealth, ruin and secrets from the No. 1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.

Description for Sales People

A Penny Vincenzi is: 'Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end' Daily Express ; 'Deliciously readable' Mail on Sunday ; 'The literary equivalent of a huge box of beautiful hand-made chocolate truffles - a total indulgence' Ideal Home

Product Details

Author
Penny Vincenzi
Pages
736
Publisher
Headline Publishing Group
Year
2005
ISBN-10
0755320832
ISBN-13
9780755320837
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Publication Date
2005-08-13
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade