Windfall: A Novel

Windfall: A Novel

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by Penny Vincenzi
     
 

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Sensible Cassia Fallon is married to a doctor for seven years when she inherits a large amount of money from her godmother.
This enables her to leave her old life behind and embark on a new life with danger and passion. This is Penny Vincenzi at her utmost.
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Sensible Cassia Fallon is married to a doctor for seven years when she inherits a large amount of money from her godmother.
This enables her to leave her old life behind and embark on a new life with danger and passion. This is Penny Vincenzi at her utmost.

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Praise for Penny Vincenzi

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

"Soap opera? You bet but with well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming."
-People

Publishers Weekly
The British have coined a term for the kind of novels Vincenzi writes: bonkbusters. Her most recent one to appear stateside is a prime example: fast-paced, well-written and full of sex. It's set in 1930s London, where the very rich drink champagne with Edward VIII and the Mountbattens, while the poor have too many babies, nonexistent health care and can only afford to follow the antics of their royal family on the radio. Cassia Tallow, trained as a doctor but playing wife and mother when we first meet her, inherits a fortune from her glamorous godmother. The windfall thrusts Cassia back into a world of high society, high fashion and old lovers. It also gives her the opportunity to go back to practicing medicine and ministering to working-class women, which her husband has prevented her from doing. But when Cassia begins to suspect that the money may not be rightfully hers, she goes to dangerous lengths to find the truth. Once again, Vincenzi delivers grade-A entertainment. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590204061
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

Praise for Penny Vincenzi

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

"Soap opera? You bet but with well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming."
-People

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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Windfall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I would recommend it!
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good book, not my favorite of hers though
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I discovered Penny Vincenzi when "Absolute Scandal" came out here and have since read everything she has written including some not available in the U.S. This is a great story that pulls the reader in and absorbs you completely. What more could you ask. Just as an aside, by far her best are the 3 books called the "ravages of time" trilogy - "No Angel", "Into Temptation", and "Something Dangerous" - I highly recommend these 3 too. Read them in the order listed. A wonderful picture of life in London during the 2 World Wars.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London by1935, Cassia Tallow has been married to a practicing doctor Edward for seven years while she has stayed home to raise their three young children. She is somewhat envious of her spouse as she also was trained as a doctor, but he insists she stay at home. Cassia is scrubbing the alter steps when she learns she inherited a fortune from her godmother, Lady Beatty, who drank Champagne with the rich, aristocratic and famous like Edward VIII. With a half a million pounds, Cassia has the means to join the upper crust if she chooses or practice medicine to the neglected working-class women as she once dreamed of; something her husband objects to. However, Cassia soon begins to learn that her liberating windfall may not rightfully belong to her; ethical as always, she investigates with a need to learn the truth. Sometimes the truth will not set you free as Cassia learns that with each revelation comes increasing danger. This a typical entertaining Penny Vincenzi historical thriller as the ethical heroine tries to do what is right, but finds that dangerous. Cassia makes the story line work as her actions after learning of her WINDFALL place her in opposition with her demanding spouse and to a degree her children, but eventually she goes after what she wants for herself: providing medical care to impoverish women. Fans of the author and those who enjoy a between World Wars English historical will want to read Ms. Vincenzi's blockbuster bonkbuster as the British would say over a cup of Earl Grey. Harriet Klausner