A Perfect Heritage

A Perfect Heritage

Book - 2015
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"The doyenne of the modern blockbuster" (Glamour) returns with her signature writing style and eye for strong characters in A Perfect Heritage. The House of Farrell is a prolific skincare company and home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its flagship London store since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch that has been their trademark for generations. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, while Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost care and 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. With no idea how to right the ship, Athina hires Bianca Bailey, a formidable businesswoman, 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.A perfect summer read, this is Penny Vincenzi at her finest.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781468310917
Characteristics: 753 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 22, 2017

I started reading Penny when she launched her first book 20 years ago and enjoyed the first few novels immensely. After that, it felt like she was writing whatever she was thinking at the time and just kept going until she ran out of steam. This novel is similar although she clearly goes back to "add paragraphs" to explain something that she may had edited later. By that I mean that you read a paragraph where no names are mentioned, just a scenario leaving you scratching your head. This book (the size of a concrete brick) is so huge that the author had to list a "who is who" at the beginning to sort everyone out. This is about the beauty industry and the day I picked this up, I found a great 2-part documentary on Christian Dior (TV 5 in Ottawa). I started to read the book first, found it kind of boring and then I watched part 1 of the documentary. Well, then I started to understand a lot more and began to really get into it because the year Dior died (1957) is the year this book starts. For every woman out there who has the patience to read through this, you will most likely discover the absolute mockery we are subjected to - and I mean at all levels. When you start paying the price of a 2 oz bottle of cream that equals a family of five's weekly grocery bill, trust me, you are being ridiculed, well, so the book shows.

athompson10 Feb 20, 2016

Juicy, lots of twists and turns. Fun read.

Feb 24, 2015

A favourite author but this dragged in several chapters. Not up to standard


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