Glamour: A Novel

Glamour: A Novel

by Louise Bagshawe

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440699528
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 713,674
File size: 611 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Glamour 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
PinkLadies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Glamour is a story of ambition, greed, riches and rich people. It follows 3 young women through turbulent times in their life, and their struggle to come through the adversity despite what life is throwing at them. A few chapters at a time is dedicated to each girl, and how they come through their struggles in life. However, Bagshawe moves through the girls' lives - the next ten years or so relatively quickly and somehow these girls managed to achieve so much in such a short time. Though I love her stories I find this one rather unrealistic. Not my favourite work of Louise Bagshawe.
efoltz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three girls go to Milton Academy and become friends.Unfortunately, each experiences an event in her life that forces her to leave Milton. Each is trying to compensate for the event during the life. The women create a business, Glamour. Glamour was a fun read and enjoyed the relationships and characters.
abcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story of friendship and partnership told from the point of view of all three of the main characters. All very different but yet still somehow the best of friends. I found that I got caught up in one's story and then it would switch to one of the other's. It kept me turning the pages to see how everyone's story played out. Is a good, quick read.
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CourtneyBala More than 1 year ago
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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HighHeelsandLipGloss More than 1 year ago
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.
SandiSH More than 1 year ago
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!
penname96 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lilkimmi_213 More than 1 year ago
Took it on vacaction and couldn't put it down..WONDERFUL beach read!
lee_s More than 1 year ago
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.
Rachel-NY More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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