An Absolute Scandal

An Absolute Scandal

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An inside view of the greed and social power plays behind the closed doors of upper-crust society, An Absolute Scandal looks at a world where money isn't everything . . . sometimes, it's the only thing. And when the money disappears in the thick of a financial crisis, the real story begins.For Nigel Cowper, this means the destruction of his family business; his wife, Lucinda, is willing to do everything she can to help him except give up her irresistible lover. The powerful, charismatic banker Simon Beaumont and his equally successful wife Elizabeth lose everything they've worked so hard to acquire; but the ultimate tragedy is something that neither one could have anticipated. Yet the well-to-do are not the only ones whose lives are upended: a self-sufficient widow, a single mother, and a schoolmaster find that their lives are also turned upside down in this deliciously readable tale."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 575 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Anchor Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767926269
  • 9780767926263
  • 726,414

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ABSOLUTE RAVES FOR "SHEER ABANDON""Everything is outsized in Vincenzi's fiction: sex, money, personality, emotions, plot. And yet she gets all the details--about human behavior and women's conflicted lives--just right." --"USA Today "Penny Vincenzi is poised to fill a gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction. With so few current writers able to summon the quaint allure of such women's fiction without stooping to sensationalism, Ms. Vincenzi really is an anomaly." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times ""Soap opera? You bet - but with her well drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming." - Joanne Kaufman, "People """"Transcends the testosterone-drenched nature of a typical thriller, delivering vivid female characters through crisp, clean prose and in-depth coverage of their relationships, families and personal anxieties . . . fascinating. "Sheer Abandon" is what the British call hammock reading: a brick of a book to while away a country afternoon or two." --"More ""Penny Vincenzi's "Sheer Abandon" is the work of a master, offering a large cast of amazingly three-dimensional characters involved in an expertly manipulated plot . . . Full of snappy dialogue and provocative moral implications, Vincenzi's novel makes it very hard not to care." --Marion Winik, "Newsday"
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About Penny Vincenzi

PENNY VINCENZI is the author of several bestsellers, including Sheer Abandon. She lives in London, England.
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2,158 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 28% (594)
4 38% (829)
3 26% (555)
2 6% (135)
1 2% (45)
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