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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: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739343227
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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. 

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  • 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 Laura Grover | 2/13/2014

    " A long and easy to read story with great characters, I loved it. Not too deep or complex, perfect to pick up and put down. Took a while to finish and there were moments where I wanted to fast forward but overall was a good satisfying read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/5/2014

    " An absolute brick of a book - recommended to me by Kristen, I admit I balked a little at the length, but it proved to be a very easy and quick (well, relatively quick) read. Not my type of book, I'd not seek out anything else by the author, but this one was definitely worth finishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/3/2014

    " This book was long, but I really enjoyed it! The changes in relationships with people and yourself. How much things change as you get older. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooch | 1/29/2014

    " Fluffy yet engaging story based on the friendship of three women. I know--never been done before. This is an easy summer read, though I must admit I skipped the graphic sections. A few well-chosen words can effectively suggest a scene. I did enjoy the story which has a predictable, but satisfying conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy T | 1/27/2014

    " This book started slow for me and took me a while to read, but built up like crazy. I would have given it a 3 in the beginning but by the end I had to give it a 5!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/23/2014

    " For chick lit, this book is surprisingly enjoyable. Mostly predictable, but with a few twists, I stayed engaged once I got into it for all 600 pages. Great beach/vacation/commuting read if you're a woman. (possibly if you're a man, but i recommend a fake book jacket to avoid embarrassment) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/18/2014

    " THis book was long and took a few weeks to get through. Interesting because it was written by an English woman based in London so some vocab was different. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 1/18/2014

    " Readable but not her best... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2013

    " Pretty good book with an interesting plot! There was also a massive twist but by the end of it the ending was pretty predictable. Another great Vincenzi read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay Jenkins | 12/11/2013

    " Beyond predictable. Way too long of a story to get the point across. This book had badly developed characters, too much description where It was unnecessary. Would not Recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 12/5/2013

    " The storyline for this book is good, but it is really detailed and fairly slow-moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/9/2013

    " Best Penny Vincenzi I've read yet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassie | 10/29/2013

    " gave up barely 20 pages into it. simply blah "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessye Joyce | 8/4/2013

    " I love books by Penny Vincenci! I have ready 3 now, and each is so strong on plot. All the characters interweave and you never know how they are all going to connect. Well written, but light enough and easy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucero | 4/15/2013

    " I really rate it a 2 1/2 it kept me entertained and I read the book but I think there are better 'trash' reading books out there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 2/14/2013

    " Kind of long and got a little boring about 2/3 of the way in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Faires | 1/31/2013

    " Not as good as the other books I have read by this offer. Other reviews of it dragging on we're correct. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah L | 10/13/2012

    " Four young people have a chance meeting while traveling the world. I love the story. The writer creates very different characters whom she stays true to all throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 9/4/2012

    " This is a vacation read - English style - 650 pages of not great literature but you can't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 5/31/2012

    " I had a harder time getting into this novel and recognizing just who the characters were and what their relationships were. Once I was halfway through the book, I was ok. I just didn't enjoy this story as much as the 1st by this author. It must be an identity thing again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aisha | 3/2/2012

    " Britain's version of Danielle Steel! Pretty much sums it up, I think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 6/9/2011

    " The characters were so shallow that I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/14/2011

    " This a an easy, chic-lit read. It is fairly predictable and a little long but I still enjoyed it. The language was fun at it was written by a British author and took place in London. Everyone was described as "clever" which I found comical. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 3/18/2011

    " Way too many characters, each with too many details and side scandals. I gave up about 20 pages into it because I wasn't enjoying all the characters. Had the potential to be a really good story though so I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/27/2011

    " My introduction to Penny Vincenzi and I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 2/13/2011

    " Confesso que me surpreendeu pela positiva! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/10/2011

    " I had a harder time getting into this novel and recognizing just who the characters were and what their relationships were. Once I was halfway through the book, I was ok. I just didn't enjoy this story as much as the 1st by this author. It must be an identity thing again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 9/24/2010

    " This book started off with promise. I expected it to be a breezy book that would be good to read at the beach or on a lazy vacation. But it was about 300 pages too long and very soap opera like with a predictable plot line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 8/20/2010

    " -It’s very enjoyable. This author is popular in Britain, and I wanted to find out why. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kristine | 8/19/2010

    " This book was ok but could have been about 300 pages shorter! It got a bit tedious... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 8/18/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. The story was entertaining, though predictable. It was too long. It could easily have been at least 100 pages shorter without losing any character or story development. The writing is good but there is nothing to keep you thinking about the book once you finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eb | 7/11/2010

    " Two people who make life worth living: Nette and Penny Vincenzi. The former introduced me to the latter, and thank God, because a beach isn't a beach unless you're sitting on it with a deliriously trashy PV tome in hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/14/2010

    " A long and easy to read story with great characters, I loved it. Not too deep or complex, perfect to pick up and put down. Took a while to finish and there were moments where I wanted to fast forward but overall was a good satisfying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 2/20/2010

    " First time that I've read a modern English writer. The writing style is somewhat different. Seemed a little wordy, but I did enjoy the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/21/2010

    " Vincenzi's books are so unnecessarily dense with characters' day-to-day details that the payoff is pretty much not worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fulu | 1/12/2010

    " its too long and the politics stuff does not help the plot along that much. She tries to be too clever with ending and leaves the reader with too many questions...and regrets. i only liked the Martha and toyboy relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 12/18/2009

    " nothing earth-shattering here, but a well-developed ensenmble cast ofcharacters... "

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About the Author
Author Penny VincenziPENNY VINCENZI is the author of several novels, including No Angel, Something Dangerous, and Into Temptation. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a journalist for Vogue, Tatler, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in London.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.