Old Sins

Old Sins

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by Penny Vincenzi
     
 

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POWER
Two clever, stylish and ambitious women are fighting for control of a multi-million cosmetics empire.

MYSTERY
What is the secret that lies behind its charming, ruthless creator, Julian Morell? And why, when he dies, does he leave half his fortune to a complete stranger?

GLAMOUR
Here are the designer interiors, the jewels,

Overview

POWER
Two clever, stylish and ambitious women are fighting for control of a multi-million cosmetics empire.

MYSTERY
What is the secret that lies behind its charming, ruthless creator, Julian Morell? And why, when he dies, does he leave half his fortune to a complete stranger?

GLAMOUR
Here are the designer interiors, the jewels, cars and to-die-for couture of the righ and the super-rich — the glittering, fabulous world Julian created for himself, and the women who loved him.

PASSION
And here is a love story — poignant, sexy, tempestuous — featuring a mother, a mistress, a wife and a daughter, all of whom are overshadowed by... old sins.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end... A fantastic read." —Daily Express

"Penny is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster." —Glamour

"Every Penny Vincenzi is a guaranteed bestseller." —Grazia

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this distended romance featuring wealthy and fashionable characters living in the glamorous echelons of British society, six women intimate with the late Sir Julian Morrell--dashing captain of the cosmetics industry--gather for the reading of his will. Julian leaves hotels, horses and millions of pounds sterling, but daughter Roz and second wife, Phaedria, are shocked when each inherits 49% of the Morrell empire and the controlling 2% is left to a man no one has ever heard of: Miles Wilburn. The story backtracks to Julian's life, detailing his egotistical love affairs; the rise of his luxury boutique Circe, with its branches in London, in New York and on Rodeo Drive; and the rivalries of his women: his soignee mother, flighty first wife, frigid mistress, administrative whiz colleague, and jealous, insecure daughter Roz. Infatuated with Michael Browning, a sexy self-made mogul from Brooklyn, Roz rejects him to marry wimpy CJ Emerson, who will not challenge her domineering personality. Roz and Phaedria squabble to the end as they hunt for Julian's heir Miles, a blond and sweet California surfer whose eventual entanglement with the Morrell women provides unexpected ironies. While designer clothes and mix-and-match weddings/ adulteries are satisfyingly plentiful, the novel lacks a clearly sympathetic central character the reader can root for. Vincenzi is a London-based journalist. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Old sins do indeed cast long shadows in this glitz and glitter novel set in England. Julian Morell's family is shocked to discover that he has left the controlling shares of his cosmetics empire to a stranger, Miles Wilburn. The story jumps back in time to show how Julian built the empire, and reveal his relationships with the women in his life, including his mother, whose financial savvy kept the company running during its lean beginnings; his mistress, Camilla, a brilliant workaholic like himself; and his spoiled daughter, Roz, who expected to inherit the company for which she worked so hard. The story of Miles Wilburn runs parallel, until all the strands come together in a surprise ending. The novel's characters seem especially compelling and intelligent in this surefire winner for the popular fiction collection. The novel was originally published in England, where it was a best seller.--Ed.--Marilyn Jordan, North Miami P.L., Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099571582
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
988
Sales rank:
285,795
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 5.00(h) x 2.10(d)

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Meet the Author

PENNY VINCENZI is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fourteen bestselling novels, most recently The Best of Times and the number one bestseller An Absolute Scandal. Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's novels have been sold worldwide. Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

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Old Sins 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ithink I may be done with all of Penny's books !! They have all been great ....absolutely my fav Author !". Penny!! We need more QUICK !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book while on vacation years ago, when it was only available in England, and had to wait until someone visiting the UK could get it for me. I loved it - a great family saga, where you are glad it is not your family. It is great to see it available on Nook.