Books

A Question Of Trust

When a man is faced with a dilemma that threatens his principles, his reputation, his marriage and a child, what choices will he make?

‘Seductively readable’ The Times   Charismatic Tom Knelston is a man of principle and a man who wants it all – political career, family, and a country that gives everyone a fair chance. His wife Alice has always been there at his side. It seems they are the perfect match. But when Tom meets glamorous fashion model Diana Southcott, he finds her irresistible, and embarks on an affair that is dangerous to them both. And when he is faced with a dilemma that threatens his reputation, his family, and his marriage, what choices will he make?

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A Perfect Heritage

A family affair. In more ways than one.

The House of Farrell – home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company’s figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor – and holder of secrets – extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more …

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Love in the afternoon and other delights

From her sweeping novels to her searing journalism, Penny Vincenzi has been writing all her life, and this is a collection of her work brought together in a single edition for the first time. As well as ten stunning short stories, Penny also shares some of her thoughts on a huge range of subjects from love and relationships to work and families, and gives us a peek at the tantalising first chapter of her new novel – making LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND OTHER DELIGHTS a must-have for any Vincenzi fan.

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The Decision

Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby. But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion, it’s not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, …

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The Best of Times

A hot summer’s day, a crowded motorway, a split second that changed people’s lives forever. Gripping, heartbreaking, exciting and unputdownable, this new novel will be one of 2009’s biggest and most enjoyable novels – from the irresistible Penny Vincenzi.

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An Outrageous Affair

In wartime Suffolk, Caroline Hunterton fell in love. Now, decades on, that love becomes the only connection between a tragic Hollywood accident in the 1950s, and a terrible suicide twenty years later. Caroline has spent years trying to keep those secrets from her two daughters, Chloe and Fleur, who have been separated by the Atlantic and have grown up hating one another. But soon, their shared past may be all that can save the family… From rural England and Hollywood’s glory days, to London’s theatreland and New York’s adland, An Outrageous Affair explores the many forms love takes, and how …

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An Absolute Scandal

What do you do when you lose everything? It was one of the biggest scandals of the 80s. Lloyd’s. It started with just a few requests for money from various Names. And then the demands got bigger. And bigger. Until thousands of people found their lives ruined, homes gone and relationships wrecked. All because of money. When you do have it, its value isn’t that important. When you don’t – it’s everything.

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Sheer Abandon

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 …

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Into Temptation

Book Three of The Spoils of Time trilogy

Celia Lytton has enriched the social and literary scene for nearly half a century. But during that time she has also amassed a wealth of secrets that could do untold damage to her family. There’s her daughter Adele’s difficult, dark past; the dreadful cruelty of a truth her son Kit must confront; and the troubles of Barty Miller, the child Celia rescued from the slums in babyhood. And then, she has secrets of her own… Some secrets are more dangerous than others. And all have been absolutely safe in her keeping. Until something threatens to reveal them all…

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Something Dangerous

Book Two of The Spoils of Time trilogy

The dazzling twin daughters of the beautiful Lady Celia Lytton are born into the family’s publishing empire and, at age eighteen, are beginning to take their charmed world for granted. In contrast, their adopted sister, Barty, rescued from the London slums in babyhood, is ever more aware of how she came to be where she is. It is 1928, and the spectre of Nazi Germany is growing…soon, all three girls will find their lives irrevocably changed by a dark and dangerous war. And each must find a way of surviving, living – and even loving.

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No Angel

Book One of The Spoils of Time trilogy

In pre-war London, Lady Celia Lytton is the perfect host. Beautiful, intelligent and determined, she throws glittering parties, publishes bestselling books, and enjoys her young family and loving husband. But there are tragedies her family will not escape: the Titanic, the First World War, the flu epidemic. And beneath their perfect image, the Lyttons cannot ignore the changing world around them. In the shattering aftermath of the War, Celia is beginning to understand that there will be a price to pay for the life she has chosen, that is greater than she could ever have imagined… An epic saga of …

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Almost a Crime

Tom and Octavia Fleming have the perfect power marriage: he is a spin-doctor and she runs a consultancy to the charity industry. They are attractive, rich, successful…Then Octavia discovers Tom is having an affair and not only the discovery but the affair itself have consequences that are potentially fatal – both to the marriage and its power. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to terror and danger, threatening other people, damaging other lives.

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Windfall

Cassia Fallon has been married to her doctor husband for seven years when her godmother leaves her a fortune. She is determined to be sensible, to stay in control. Suddenly, for the first time in her life, she is able to do exactly as she likes. She starts to question her marriage, her past, her present and future. The money gives her confidence, and her husband Edward can only look on resentfully as she resumes her medical career, sheds some of her domestic burdens, and re-forms old relationships – one of them of a most dangerous kind. But where did …

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The Dilemma

All Francesca Channing had to do in order to keep her marriage alive, her children safe, her life intact, was to tell a lie. One simple, straightforward lie. But it wasn’t that simple or straightforward at all. Her life, as Bard Channing’s third wife, was very far from easy. He was charismatic, powerful and rich – and he adored her. He was also manipulative and scheming, with a family as large and complex as his business. But it was an emotional crisis of her own which finally put Francesca’s dilemma into perspective, and made her wonder if she loved Bard …

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Forbidden Places

Forbidden Places is about love and marriage, families and secrets, and about wartime and what it does to every accepted social value. It is the story of three women and one family. One is married and widowed within five years. She is free to start again. Or is she? The second has a perfect husband she thinks she loves. He becomes a grotesque parody of what he once was. Is that love real? The third becomes trapped in a nightmare marriage. Can the war free her?

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Another Woman

The night before her lavish wedding to Oliver Bergin, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished – without apparent cause, and without trace. Shocked, anxious and uncomprehending, the two families face a long and painful day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida’s disappearance. And the question they are all forced to ask is who really was the woman they thought they knew – perfect daughter, sister, lover and wife never to be?

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Wicked Pleasures

All families have secrets. This family hid a secret which would tear it apart. Sexy, glamorous and fun, WICKED PLEASURES is the story of a brother and two sisters who find out that they all have different fathers: none of them Alexander, Earl of Catherham, who was married to their mother for almost twenty years. It is the story of the power and the greed of the mega-rich, as the great family banking business upon which fortunes are won and lost comes to the brink of ruin, and family ties are tested to the utmost.

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Old Sins

POWER Two clever, stylish and ambitious women are fighting for control of a multi-million cosmetics empire. MYSTERY What is the secret that lies behind its charming, ruthless creator, Julian Morell? And why, when he dies, does he leave half his fortune to a complete stranger? GLAMOUR Here are the designer interiors, the jewels, cars and to-die-for couture of the rich and the super-rich – the glittering, fabulous world Julian created for himself, and the women who loved him. PASSION And here is a love story – poignant, sexy, tempestuous – featuring a mother, a mistress, a wife and a daughter, …

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