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Another Woman
     

Another Woman

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by Penny Vincenzi
 

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Penny Vincenzi, queen of riveting family drama, delivers her most page-turning saga yet in this novel of intrigue, sure to please her legions of fans.
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished--without apparent cause, and without a trace. Shocked, anxious, and uncomprehending, the two families

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Penny Vincenzi, queen of riveting family drama, delivers her most page-turning saga yet in this novel of intrigue, sure to please her legions of fans.
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished--without apparent cause, and without a trace. Shocked, anxious, and uncomprehending, the two families face a long day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital, and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vincenzi's newest (afterForbidden Places) is a complicated family saga, filled with lies, unfaithfulness, and unexpected turmoil. In classic Vincenzi fashion, this novel reads like a soap opera, following a massive cast of characters who are poised for sensational melodrama. Cressida Forrest, a high-society English rose, is set to marry a wealthy New York doctor in what will surely be a perfect wedding. However, when the bride and the dress go missing on the big day, friends and family begin an emotionally fraught search. Her disappearance shows no signs of foul play, leaving her loved ones even more confused and distraught. As they begin to look into Cressida's personal life for clues to explain her vanishing, layer after layer of a secret life is peeled away. Meanwhile, the inner demons of other family members are also exposed, rendering Cressida's disappearance a catalyst for myriad dramatic revelations. Few authors can successfully tie together such elaborate storylines and develop such well-maintained characters. Although there are moments when readers will wish one narrative would close so another could be pursued more fully, in the end each one is worthwhile. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Penny Vincenzi is poised to fill the gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction. With so few current writers able to summon the quaint allure of such women's fiction without stooping to sensation." — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Penny Vincenzi writes with verve and heart, immersing the reader in a world of engrossing and unforgettable glamour and passion." — Dominick Dunne

"Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women's fiction like Vincenzi." — USA Today

"Satisfaction guaranteed." — The Washington Post Book World

"In the genre of juicy literary soap opera, aka women's fiction, Vincenzi's prolific pen demonstrates she is a master at presenting melodrama, heartache, and racy details for which readers will happily suspend disbelief. Vincenzi's lengthy epics satisfy like a box of decadent, luscious chocolates. This offering should draw in readers who enjoy the sweeping works of such saga-weavers as Anne Rivers Siddons and Rosamunde Pilcher." — Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
A runaway bride leaves behind a thicket of family secrets and betrayals in Vincenzi's (The Decision, 2011, etc.) latest export. Set in 1990s England (and originally published in 1994), this novel features several situations that could only exist in an era without ubiquitous cell phones. When Cressida, delicate daughter of society gynecologist James Forrest, disappears the morning of her wedding day, she's well and truly incommunicado. Unfolding over two days, the Cressida debacle wreaks no end of recriminations (and accompanying flashbacks) among James' overprivileged and ingrown circle of family and friends. James himself is at the epicenter--his only brush with malpractice resulted in the birth of Ottoline (now 20, a supermodel, and for reasons that defy cursory explanation, a wedding guest) and the stillbirth of her twin sister. Cressida's older sister Harriet has always resented her--for being their parents' favorite and for causing Harriet's banishment to a bleak boarding school. Now Harriet's fashion business teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. James' oldest friend Theo, a billionaire, unwittingly abetted Cressida's escape by paying for her flying lessons, and was, until his marriage to fifth wife Sasha, carrying on an affair with Harriet. Their mutual attraction lingers. Elderly but still vital godparents, world traveler Sir Merlin and French sophisticate Janine, attempt unsuccessfully to lighten the prevailing gloom. The younger generation, including Theo's dissolute son Mungo, Rufus, son of James and his long-term mistress Susie, and Oliver, the American groom left at the altar, are as mired in melodrama as their elders. Facts emerge revealing Cressida to be less English rose than shrewd operator. As the search for Cressida intensifies, we learn interesting information about the other characters. A brisk and engaging read that manages to demonstrate that there are some problems no amount of money can forestall, or rectify.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590203576
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
01/19/2012
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Another Woman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beccaday More than 1 year ago
I would appreciate it if you would be more accurate with your publishing date information. Many of the books indicate current publishing dates (such as this one) but was actually published in the UK several years ago. This causes many people to purchase a book they read years ago.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Penny Vincenzi keeps you interested and wanting for more!
ByronCA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book - about five years ago. Why is it being marketed as "new"?