One of our Books of the Year 2014.
June 2014 Book of the Month.
An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps her best yet. It centres on a cosmetic company set up in 1953 and now, in the present, it is beginning to flounder. The venture capitalists bring in an ace business lady, Bianca Bailey, to revitalise the company. One of the founders, Athina, now 85, still lives and tries to disrupt the changes. The original head of the flagship store, Florence, also still lives and of course there is the next generation. There are many strands to this tale both in the personal and professional lives, there are secrets and much rivalry. The planned relaunch is awesome and the whole thing one great, glorious read.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher...
'There is no-one quite like Penny Vincenzi; she’s one in a million. Penny’s characters are real, you can see them in their homes, their jobs, in the arms of their lovers; her children come straight from the world of today, humming with the language and technology that peppers their lives and her romance, well – what can I say? She’s Penny Vincenzi, she does love, sex, marriage and affairs like no other writer.
So dive straight into the Farrell family firm in A Perfect Heritage and learn about what makes the world’s bestselling face cream, the sweetest scent, the most luxurious of lipsticks. Discover how business takeovers happen. Tread the backstreets of the Marais in Paris and hear how the French do glamour. See how women can run fashion, families and finances. And treasure the essence of what makes A Perfect Heritage – it’s the ultimate Vintage Vincenzi.' - Imogen Taylor, Publishing Director, Headline
The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ...and a kind of promise.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'There are few things better in life than the knowledge that sitting on your bedside table is the latest novel by Penny Vincenzi...Penny never fails her devoted fans'
Publication date: 19/06/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||19th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK`s best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written sixteen bestselling novels, most recently A Perfect Heritage and the number one bestsellers The Decision, The Best of Times and An Absolute Scandal.Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's ...More About Penny Vincenzi