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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penny Vincenzi Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A number-one bestseller from one of Britain’s most popular novelists, Sheer Abandon is an all-consuming story revolving around the consequences of a desperate act.

Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways, they vow to get together in London the following year. But many years pass before the three cross paths again, and the once-capricious, carefree girls now all have thriving careers. One of them, however, harbors a terrible secret: on her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow.

Clio has fulfilled her ambition of becoming a doctor, only to find herself trapped in a marriage to an arrogant surgeon who belittles her and her professional achievements. Martha is a highly paid corporate lawyer, just embarking on a political career. Dedicated to her job, she has had little time for personal relationships and lives a busy, but lonely life. Jocasta, a tabloid newspaper reporter with an infallible instinct for the big story, is in love with a charming colleague who can’t make the permanent commitment she longs for. The infant abandoned at Heathrow has grown up under the loving care of her adoptive family. Now a beautiful teenager named Kate, she sets out to find her birth mother—a quest that unexpectedly brings the women together and exposes the secret buried so many years before.

Impossible to put down, Sheer Abandon is top-notch women’s fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It’s time Americans caught Vincenzi fever, because it’s almost a crime she’s not better known here . . . 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. It’s perfect escapism. USA Today
  • She’s the plot-twist queen. Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy and The Queen of the Big Time
  • Vincenzi pulls out all the stops in this orchestral saga. . . . The mystery of who [Baby Bianca’s] mother is serves as the spine of this fat, satisfying novel . . . The various narrative themes crescendo through several all-hands-on-deck scenes . . . the women are, without exception, multifaceted, smart and brave, and their happiness is hard won. A U.K. bestseller, the book offers major escape and abandon for summer. Publishers Weekly starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy Meyer | 2/18/2014

    " This novel was more difficult for me to get into (I probably would have given this a 2.5 star rating if possible). It could have been the political arena that it was based in as I have no interest in politics. The characters were difficult to grasp at first but once I figured out everyone's role in the story then I had begun to 'enjoy' it more. When he big secret is revealed (I was able to figure it out before hand), I began to wonder how the author would tie it all together for the ending. I wasn't disappointed with the ending, but I am not able to say that had been different I would have liked it better. I am not sure I would read a sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Babete | 2/14/2014

    " Confesso que me surpreendeu pela positiva! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Frances | 2/13/2014

    " Total candy of a read, but that's okay after reading Brooks' awesome book about the plague. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dorcas | 2/12/2014

    " The book was quite long. I did not enjoy the politics and was more interested in discovering who were Kate's parents and the storyline around it. "

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