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Power, politics and closely guarded secrets. Stunningly repackaged, this is the final novel in the must-have SPOILS OF TIME trilogy by the irresistible Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi began her career at Vogue" and Tatler", later working 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.
While not as engaging as No Angel, which introduced us to the Lytton publishing family, nor as interesting as the World War II background used in Something Dangerous, this satisfying conclusion to Vincenzi's trilogy does a good job of wrapping up this patrician British family's story. It is now 1953, and Celia's now-adult grandchildren are mixed up in their own trials and tribulations. Celia has announced her retirement from the publishing house while adopted daughter Barty Miller, who runs the New York branch of the company, marries a man who may threaten the family business. Vincenzi does not lose the reader by focusing on too many characters, which can sometimes happen in a family saga. She concentrates instead on only a few of the grandchildren: Lucas, Noni, Jenna, and Izzy. And of course, Celia, the matriarch, has her hand in everything as always. Filled with family secrets, adultery, lies, and love, this third book will definitely not disappoint fans of the Lytton clan. For popular fiction collections.-Marianne Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The third in the Lytton family trilogy (Something Dangerous; No Angel) takes the patrician English clan-and all its jockeying for power, money and approval-into the second half of the 20th century. Set in London and New York, the novel opens in 1953 with the Lyttons in an uproar, as matriarch Celia drops two bombshells: she's leaving Lytton's, the family publishing house she has run for decades, and marrying sportsman Lord "Bunny" Arden. (Her husband Oliver died only a year earlier.) Baffled, her children contemplate how these changes will affect their careers and inheritances. Meanwhile, the narrative turns to Barty Miller, Celia's adopted daughter, who runs Lytton's New York and controls the majority share of the house thanks to her first husband's wealth, and Barty's headstrong daughter, Jenna. Barty also marries again, to Charlie Patterson, a smooth operator of relatively modest means who turns out not to be all that he appears to be. As this page-turner nears its conclusion, the Lytton family fortunes come under threat from the resentful Charlie. Will Barty and Jenna manage to preserve the Lytton legacy? Period color, deliciously shocking revelations and showy characterizations heighten this romance, which should be one of the summer's guilty pleasures. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Reading Penny Vincenzi is an addictive experience -- Elizabeth Buchan I defy any reader, once they've taken the smallest nibble, not to gobble it all down -- Sunday Express Like an illicit lover, I have been sloping off all week to snatch another hour's pleasure with ... Penny Vincenzi's terrific new novel -- Jilly Cooper