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Old Sins [NOOK Book]


POWER: Two clever, stylish and ambitious women are fighting for...

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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, mysterious creator, Julian Morell - and why when he dies does he split the family inheritance between his family and a complete stranger?

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

PASSION: A love story, poignant, sexy, tempestuous, spanning thirty years, a mother, a mistress, a wife and a daughter, but always overshadowed by ... old sins.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409066217
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 86,020
  • File size: 967 KB

Meet the Author

Penny Vincenzi began her career as a junior secretary for Vogue and Tatler. She later worked as Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Woman's Own, Nova and Honey before becoming a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan. She is the author of two humorous books and thirteen novels.

She is married with four daughters. Her website address is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Loved Penny's book again !!

    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 !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    I heard about this book while on vacation years ago, when it was

    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.

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