Glamour: A Novel

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The internationally bestselling author of Sparkles is back with an irresistibly juicy novel about three powerful women-once best friends, now deadly rivals

Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose Jane Morgan, and exotic Jordanian beauty Helen Yanna meet at an exclusive girls? school in L.A. and vow that nothing will ever tear them apart. But when catastrophe strikes, two of the young women find themselves grieving and penniless, and the third ...

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Overview

The internationally bestselling author of Sparkles is back with an irresistibly juicy novel about three powerful women-once best friends, now deadly rivals

Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose Jane Morgan, and exotic Jordanian beauty Helen Yanna meet at an exclusive girls? school in L.A. and vow that nothing will ever tear them apart. But when catastrophe strikes, two of the young women find themselves grieving and penniless, and the third will be forced into a fate she could never have foreseen.

In their struggle to rebuild their lives, Helen, Sally, and Jane come together to create a high-end department store called Glamour. But as money and recognition rocket them into the spotlight, they quickly discover what happens to promises when money is no object, lust has no bounds, and glamour is worth everything in this seductive rags-to- riches saga.

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Publishers Weekly

Brit chick-lit author (Sparkles) and Conservative Party pol Bagshawe delivers a potent mix of sizzling sex and girl-power savvy with this riches-to-rags-to-riches saga. Three best friends-twangy Texas tart Sally Lassiter, English diplo-brat Jane Morgan and Jordanian beauty Helen Yanna-navigate the clique-infested waters of their elite Beverly Hills high school. But before they graduate, family tragedies for Sally and Jane, and an abrupt arranged marriage for Helen, pull the trio apart and trigger their separate rises to mistresses of the boardroom and bedroom. Jane brashly uses a family scandal to step into the world of commerce, while Sally goes back to her Texas roots to dispense "Hollywood dazzle." Helen, meanwhile, discovers passion and her Middle East roots as the wife of an Egyptian carpet dealer. When the three meet 10 years later in Los Angeles, their idea for a glitzy superstore with a fair-trade conscience takes off, leaving the gals to swipe at one another over the business and choose what really matters. In this intoxicating fantasy of fame, fortune and red-hot sex, all that glitters really is gold. (Feb.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Three gorgeous young women mix romance and retail. Sally Lassiter, Jane Morgan and Helen Yanna are outsiders at their posh Beverly Hills private school. The girls represent three vastly different cultures. Sally is a filthy-rich Texan with cover-girl looks. Jane is the bookish, aloof daughter of a British diplomat. Helen's parents are Jordanian immigrants; her Muslim faith and sheltered upbringing make her an easy target for bullying. This unlikely trio pools its assets to fend off snarky remarks and boorish behavior from competing cliques. The girls manage to smoothly navigate puberty until financial ruin forces Sally and Jane to drop out of school. Helen also misses graduation, but not for lack of money. Her parents trick her into a traditional arranged marriage and pack her off to Jordan. Separated by distance and culture, the girls must make their successes individually. Sally trades on her looks and style and works her way up from shopgirl to successful designer. Jane uses her wit and intellect to climb the corporate ladder at a large retailer. Helen, now called Haya, learns the hand-woven carpet business from her husband. In their 20s, the ladies reunite in California. Their friendship still stands, and they decide to open a luxury shopping emporium in Los Angeles called Glamour, with each woman contributing her unique talents and skills. While the store experiences monumental success, big money and hot romances ultimately lead the partners in different directions. The author obviously has Candace Bushnell in her sights, but the Sex and the City recipe isn't easily replicated. Bagshawe's characters are flimsy and forgettable, their story progresses in sputters and spurts, and theauthor overseasons her narrative stew with too many random ingredients. Mishmash of sex, fashion and boardroom drama that fails to sizzle. Agent: Emma Parry/Fletcher & Parry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289420
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,343,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Bagshawe was named Young Poet of the Year in 1989, and is the former president of the Oxford University Rock Society. She worked in the record business before leaving at age 23 to write full time. Oxford educated, she was the youngest ever contributor to The Tablet at the age of 14. Now, a bestselling novelist and screenwriter in the U.K., her work has been published in nine languages, and she has adapted her novels for major Hollywood film studios. She is currently running for Parliament, as a member of the Conservatives Party Candidates’ List. Bagshawe lives with her American husband and young children in East Sussex.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Easy Read - engaging storyline

    This is a story about three friends - girls who had grown up privileged and ignorant about the real world about them. Sally had a rich father and got anything she wanted. Jane's father was a well-known politician, and she got anything she wanted as well, other than love from her father. Haya's family had moved to America to pursue the "American Dream" and seemed to be quite successful.
    Then, they all lose almost everything. Sally's father goes into debt and he dies suddenly of a heart attack, leaving Sally and her mother alone and penniless. Jane's father commits suicide, leaving her alone to fend for herself at the age of 16. Haya's family forces her to marry a distant cousin and move back to Egypt, leaving everything behind.
    The girls decide to make the best of the horrible situations they've been left in. Sally packs up and moves her newly alcoholic mother and herself across the country, looking for a new start, away from all of the tabloids and disgrace in Los Angeles. She works and attends school. That's not enough for Sally Lassiter, though. She quits school and works at the local beauty parlor, turning the plain girls of the town into gorgeous women, from their clothes to their makeup and hair.
    Jane immediately quits school, not seeing a future for herself confined in those walls. She applies to become an adult and goes to work for Shop Smart, putting her all into her work. Soon enough, Jane finds herself practically owning all of Shop Smart and still working her way up, all before she was even legally allowed to drink.
    Haya finds herself actually enjoying herself in Egypt. She fell in love with her distant cousin. He owns a carpet company, which finds great success with Haya working to make it spectacular.
    Eventually, fate decides to pull these three girls back together. They were overjoyed with their reunion and their meager successes up to this point. So, they reunited all of their talents and personalities into one super-brand: GLAMOUR. And the rest is history.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    Fun & Stylish Read.

    I was given this book by a friend while on vacation. I absolutely loved it, including the glamorous red gown on the cover. I could hardly put the book down. I enjoyed reading about how three girls maintained their friendships throughout their ever changing lives and used each of their unique talents to create a successful fashion empire. What's not to love about total girl power, ambition in full effect, and all while looking stylishly fabulous.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Enjoyed It Very Much

    I thought this was a very good book! It had an interesting plot! I loved the cover and after reading the short preview of the back cover, I was intrigued! I own my own business and wanted to see how they made their business successful. It was an enjoyable read, with romance, and some business strategy thrown in...loved it!

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Loved this book.

    She writes as great as her sister. I was thinking light fluff. These characters were much deeper. Couldn't put it down. I highly recommend if you like Jackie Collins style books, I always enjoy finding a new favorite author, I ordered some of her other books used, because you can't buy them new in the USA. I can't wait to read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

    I liked it!

    Glamour is a good book. I liked the three characters because they come from such different backgrounds and life situations, yet they are able to find a common ground and become friends, partners and sisters. The plot was good and I would read another book by this author.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Loved it!!

    Took it on vacaction and couldn't put it down..WONDERFUL beach read!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Don't Waste Your Time

    I managed to read the first few chapters of this book before setting it aside. The characters were so awful I didn't want to find out what happens to them. I finish 99% of the books I start, so it's quite a statement that I couldn't keep going with this one. This book reminded me of a bad version of a Penny Vincenzi book. Bagshawe's previous book was much better - try it instead of this.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Could not put it down!

    I was hesitant when I picked up this book in Barnes and Noble. The Summary seemed some what interesting and the book cover was not persuading. However, Tired from work and desperate to hurry and buy a book to keep me busy throughout the week, I purchased it.

    As soon as I started reading, I could not stop. 3 very privelaged young girls, who one would assume snooty or stuck up, were humble at youth and stuck together through rough times in eachothers lives. I liked how Louise showed that these privelaged young women came across trials and tribulations in their lives that "Normal" people may have never endured. These women were very determined in the novel and all though the book was very much a fantasy, It gave me determination and made me believe that noone is subject to failure. I enjoyed the humor, minor romance and the tight knit friendship these women kept throughout the novel. Allthough they disagreed in many aspects they never parted and did what was best for their business and friendsihp

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    The obvious homage to Sex and the City is throughout this intriguing character study

    The three young girls meet at a posh Beverly Hills high school because they are the outsiders; undesirables not good enough to mingle with the rest of the affluent student body. Thus Texan Sally Lassiter, Englishwoman Jane Morgan and Jordanian Helen Yanna form their own pact to help each other survive the bullying barracudas and harassing sharks. However, finances force Sally and Jane to drop out and Helen is packed off in marriage to live in the Middle East.

    Over the next few years separately all three obtain business success with Sally a designer, Jane a corporate officer, and Haya (formerly Helen) an international carpet seller. A decade later, the trio meets in Los Angeles; where they concoct a concept to combine their skills to open up a luxurious shop GLAMOUR. While the store is extremely successful, the partners never recapture the level of friendship they had as teens and drift in separate directions while taking potshots at one another.

    The obvious homage to Sex and the City is throughout this intriguing character study, but Louise Bagshawe puts her own spin on affluence and trysts. The three prime players contain differing personalities. As teens they need to bond with someone in similar dire straits, but as late twenties with professional success, they no longer need one another. Although there are some cul de sac scenes that feel like padding, fans of women's modern fiction will enjoy following the exploits of three women in Los Angeles.

    Harriet Klausner

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