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Outrageous Affair

Outrageous Affair

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by Penny Vincenzi
     
 

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A mysterious, tragic accident in the 1950s; an inexplicable suicide twenty years later. What was the strange link between the two -- and Caroline Hunterton's long-buried past? A secret which could not be kept for ever, especially from her two daughters, Chloe and Fleur. Fate had separated the sisters in time and distance but bound them in mutual hatred -- until

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A mysterious, tragic accident in the 1950s; an inexplicable suicide twenty years later. What was the strange link between the two -- and Caroline Hunterton's long-buried past? A secret which could not be kept for ever, especially from her two daughters, Chloe and Fleur. Fate had separated the sisters in time and distance but bound them in mutual hatred -- until journalist Magnus Phillips decided to tell the story that would tear their lives apart. Moving from wartime Suffolk to '50s Hollywood, from glitzy Madison Avenue to London's theatrical aristocracy and the machinations of checkbook publishing, An Outrageous Affair explores the extraordinary, sometimes fatal consequences of truth.

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Publishers Weekly

The latest sexy, overblown saga from Vincenzi's British backlist tracks Lady Caroline Hunterton over 30 years, from the thick of WWII to the height of the counterculture. Her story is framed by an about-to-be-published tell-all from elusive yellow journalist Magnus Phillips, whose book unearths Caroline's tragic and scandalous past, threatening everything she holds dear, especially the memory of Brendan FitzPatrick, her first love, and their daughter, Fleur. Brendan, given custody of Fleur, is lured to Hollywood and his doom, while Caroline marries Lord Hunterton and raises three other children, including Chloe, who has no idea of her mother's past until she discovers the long-buried secret. When scandal-author Phillips is increasingly threatened, Caroline understands, perhaps too late, that the story he's writing is more than a tawdry airing of family laundry and could quite literally be a matter of life and death. Vincenzi provides plenty of heat and intrigue, but the story bogs down in episodes from Fleur's work life and excerpts from Phillips's unpublished book. A significant number of the multiple twists are exasperatingly expected, but Vincenzi gives the sprawling whole enough oomph to carry one all the way through. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590201015
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
10/02/2008
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Penny Vincenzi, before becoming a novelist, worked at such magazines as Vogue, Tatler, and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of The Dilemma, Almost a Crime, No Angel, Something Dangerous, Into Temptation, Sheer Abandon, An Absolute Scandal, An Outrageous Affair, Windfall, and Forbidden Places, all available from Overlook.

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An Outrageous Affair 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Penny Vincenzi books but this one was too long by about three hundred pages. A bit of editing would have made a world of difference. I found myself skimming in order to get to the main plot.
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