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 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.
‘Deliciously readable’ Mail on Sunday
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 and successful. Then Octavia discovers Tom is having an affair, and both the discovery and the affair itself have consequences that are potentially fatal. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to terror and danger, and threatens to damage people’s lives for ever.
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.
In Sunday Times bestseller Penny Vincenzi’s ANOTHER WOMAN, a dream wedding becomes a nightmare – as the bride disappears. ‘Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don’t want it to end’ Daily Express. The perfect novel for any reader of Elizabeth Buchan or Kate Morton.
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?
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.
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?
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…
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.
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…
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?
From the international bestselling novelist Penny Vincenzi comes SOMETHING DANGEROUS, the second novel in her highly acclaimed SPOILS OF TIME trilogy.
‘Reading her is an addictive experience’ Elizabeth Buchan
The dazzling Lytton twins, Adele and Venetia, are born into the great Lytton publishing empire. In 1928, on their eighteenth birthday, they are rich and admired, with a confidence verging on arrogance. But the spectre of Nazi Germany is growing…
Gradually their privileged world darkens in unimaginable ways – but it is not just the twins whose lives have been irrevocably changed. Barty Miller, rescued from the London slums in babyhood by Celia Lytton, is clever, ambitious, and a complete contrast to the twins – and she faces temptation of the most unexpected kind…
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.
‘She is such a great seductress that you won’t want to take a break, even to fill the kettle’ Sunday Express’
It’s the Sixties – girls are in miniskirts, King’s Road and Carnaby Street are where it’s at and big buildings are going up all over London.
Eliza is fresh into town and determined to make her mark in the fashion world; Jeremy is an ad man, clever and full of charm and Matt is devilishly good-looking, a property tycoon on the make. Things are beginning to get busy…
Years later, a hurried marriage is doomed and a child is at the centre of an agonizing divorce. THE DECISION is a sweeping, sizzling novel in which hearts are broken, secrets revealed and reputations shattered. And at the heart of it all lies the fate of a little girl.