From the ‘doyenne of the modern blockbuster’ A QUESTION OF TRUST is a hugely compelling, weekend read of a novel, rich with characters, life-changing decisions, love, desire and conflict.
‘There are few things better in life than the latest novel by Penny Vincenzi’ Daily Express
1950s London. Tom Knelston is charismatic, working class and driven by ambition, ideals and passion. He is a man to watch. His wife Alice shares his vision. It seems they are the perfect match.
Then out of the blue, Tom meets beautiful and unhappily married Diana Southcott, a fashion model. An exciting but dangerous affair is inevitable and potentially damaging to their careers. And when a child becomes ill, Tom is forced to make decisions about his principles, his reputation, his marriage, and most of all, his love for his child.
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 fashionable brands.
Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder.
Here is a tale of survival … and a perfect heritage.
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, A KIND OF PROMISE – making LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND OTHER DELIGHTS a must-have for any Vincenzi fan.
In this ebook exclusive short story collection, four unforgettable stories of love, family, heartbreak and hope by Penny Vincenzi, the acclaimed Sunday Times bestselling author of The Decision and The Best of Times, are available together for the first time.
Told in Penny’s unique voice, The Mermaid, Fair Exchange, Knowing Best and The Brooch are four unmissable stories in which a young woman battles to be accepted by her boyfriend’s son, a divorced couple rediscover their passion for one another, a young couple’s marriage comes perilously close to disaster, and a feud over a missing brooch separates two sisters for over a decade. With this collection, Penny Vincenzi explores the passions, jealousies, truths and lies that bring lovers and families together, and that can tear them apart.
1960s fashion, affairs and heartbreak feature in THE DECISION from No 1 bestselling novelist Penny Vincenzi
‘Teeming with memorable characters’ Woman & Home
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, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it’s high drama in the courts. Let battle begin…
On a hot summer’s day, a lorry slews across a motorway and causes a huge pile-up. In that split-second accident, lives are changed forever.
Jonathan is a successful surgeon returning from a liaison with his mistress, Abi; Georgia is a young actress on her way to an audition for the part that could make her career; Toby is a bridegroom travelling to his wedding with his best friend, Barney; Mary is a widow, trying to get to the airport to reunite with her wartime first love, and William is a young farmer who witnesses the crash from across the hill.
One incident – and only one person who really knows what happened. THE BEST OF TIMES is an exhilarating, engaging novel of secrets, hopes and worlds that are torn apart.
All families have secrets. In Sunday Times bestseller Penny Vincenzi’s WICKED PLEASURES lies a family secret that will tear it apart.
‘Penny Vincenzi is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster’ Glamour.
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.
Power, politics and closely guarded secrets abound in the epic INTO TEMPTATION, the third and final novel of Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy. ‘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
The Lytton family past is full of secrets, and only Lady Celia knows them all. There’s her daughter Adele’s difficult, dark past; the dreadful cruelty of a truth her son Kit had to confront; even the shadows of Celia’s own life, and that of Barty Miller, the child she rescued from the slums in babyhood who now owns more than half of the Lytton publishing house. Some secrets are more dangerous than others, some shared with Celia’s family, some entirely her own. And all absolutely safe in her keeping. Until something threatens to reveal them all…
Penny Vincenzi’s WINDFALL is a rich, absorbing tale of temptation, ambition and desire.
‘Reading her is an addictive experience’ Elizabeth Buchan
Cassia Fallon has always been the perfect country doctor’s wife, performing each menial task with willingness and grace, even though her desire to become a doctor herself has been thwarted by lack of money. Then her godmother leaves her a fortune.
With her new-found wealth, Cassia is finally free to do as she pleases, and resumes her own medical career as Dr Cassia Tallow with a passion. But it soon becomes clear that her legacy may not be such a blessing after all, for Cassia begins to question the strength of her marriage, her future and exactly where the money has come from.
‘There’s only one name that continues to reign supreme. Penny Vincenzi’ Glamour
Penny Vincenzi’s Sunday Times No 1 bestseller, FORBIDDEN PLACES is an unmissable novel about love and marriage, families and secrets, and about wartime and what it does to every accepted social value. ‘Deliciously readable’ Mail on Sunday. A mesmerising novel perfect for any reader of Jilly Cooper, Santa Montefiore, Kate Morton or Harriet Evans.
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?
A searing portrait of wealthy living, and the highs – and lows – that come with it in a dazzling novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.
‘Buy on a Friday, get home, turn off the phone and emerge on Monday replete with a tale well told. Guilty pleasures? We certainly all have them and this is better than most’ – Daily Express
There’s nothing like the contentment and security that money can bring. That’s how it is for Lucinda, Elizabeth and Flora, living the risk-free dream in the glittering eighties. Houses, holidays, happiness – everything is there for the taking.
The financial slide comes crashing into their lives with a vengeance, and everything they’ve built up so carefully dissolves into a pool of hopelessness, taking self-respect and relationships with it. Now, the secrets will out and within a year, someone will be dead.
‘I defy any reader, once they’ve taken the smallest nibble, not to gobble it all down’ Sunday Express
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 it can change us all.
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?
Family secrets and a shattering scandal emerges when a dream wedding becomes a nightmare – and the bride disappears.
‘Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don’t want it to end’ Daily Express
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?
‘Deliciously readable’ Mail on Sunday
From the Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi, NO ANGEL is the first novel in the acclaimed Spoils of Time trilogy.
‘Penny Vincenzi dazzlingly combines the old-fashioned virtues of gripping storytelling with the up-to-the-minute contemporary feel for emotional depth and insight into the lives of the characters. She is a supreme stylist and clever writer. Reading her is an addictive experience’-Elizabeth Buchan.
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…