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Glamour [Kindle Edition]

Louise Bagshawe
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

California, 1980s. Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose Jane Morgan and shy Jordanian Helen Yanna are best friends at an exclusive girls' school. They form a bond which, they swear, will never be broken... The girls grow up, becoming co-founders of the exclusive GLAMOUR chain - a runaway success the world over. They are fabulously wealthy, adored and blissfully happy. Or are they? For all is not as it seems. The empire is on the verge of collapse and the former friends are now embroiled in a bitter feud. So what went wrong? What has changed? And, in the final showdown between three powerful beauties, who will emerge as the queen of GLAMOUR?

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Three gorgeous young women mix romance and retail.Sally Lassiter, Jane Morgan and Helen Yanna are outsiders at their posh Beverly Hills private school. The girls represent three vastly different cultures. Sally is a filthy-rich Texan with cover-girl looks. Jane is the bookish, aloof daughter of a British diplomat. Helen's parents are Jordanian immigrants; her Muslim faith and sheltered upbringing make her an easy target for bullying. This unlikely trio pools its assets to fend off snarky remarks and boorish behavior from competing cliques. The girls manage to smoothly navigate puberty until financial ruin forces Sally and Jane to drop out of school. Helen also misses graduation, but not for lack of money. Her parents trick her into a traditional arranged marriage and pack her off to Jordan. Separated by distance and culture, the girls must make their successes individually. Sally trades on her looks and style and works her way up from shopgirl to successful designer. Jane uses her wit and intellect to climb the corporate ladder at a large retailer. Helen, now called Haya, learns the hand-woven carpet business from her husband. In their 20s, the ladies reunite in California. Their friendship still stands, and they decide to open a luxury shopping emporium in Los Angeles called Glamour, with each woman contributing her unique talents and skills. While the store experiences monumental success, big money and hot romances ultimately lead the partners in different directions. The author obviously has Candace Bushnell in her sights, but the Sex and the City recipe isn't easily replicated. Bagshawe's characters are flimsy and forgettable, their story progresses in sputters and spurts, and the author overseasons her narrative stew with too many random ingredients.Mishmash of sex, fashion and boardroom drama that fails to sizzle. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Three powerful women. Once best friends. Now deadly rivals...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Review (10 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3DHG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, Louise's passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal.
She is the author of fourteen novels, published in more than eight languages, most recently the massive Sunday Times bestsellers Passion and Glitz.
She lives in Northamptonshire with her family and has been the Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northants since November 2006.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars annoying 14 July 2007
this book could have been good but it somewhat ruined by the annoying innacuracies. eg. it is meant to be set in the 80s/early 90s but there are mentions of DVD's and E-bay.

if you are willing to overlook this, this book is undeniably glamorous and reasonably interesting. is the usual louise bagshawe type of book...similar to her early books rather than 'mondays child' etc.

i found the relationship between haya and her first husband probably the most intriguing and well written part of the book...more so that that of haya and her second husband, which seemed rather rushed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant novel.. 16 Jan. 2008
My mum had read the novel before me and highly recommending it. From the first page i was hooked. The story line was great, just a little off realistic but still believable. The characters stories are all great if just a little bit stretched out.
One of the annoying things in this book is the repetitive nature of the writers figures of speech. All the same the book was extremely well layed out, especially as it jumps between three characters. There was no confusion as to who the writer was talking about.
This novel was a real page turner, and appeals to a large audience. I would recommend it to anyone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and unbelievable 31 May 2007
In a market completely saturated by chick lit books, in my opinion, Louise Bagshawe was in the top 10. This book, however, is decidedly mediocre.

We are expected to believe that these 3 'women' (barely more than teenagers) achieved all they did in such a short time? I don't think so.

Then there is the reference to ebay and other inaccuracies that I can't even be bothered to list. suffice it to say that I'm glad I bought it from a supermarket and didn't pay full price like a lot of readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fabuloso 20 Jun. 2008
I am so sick of people writing negative reviews because storylines, characters or situations are 'real or believable'

Get over yourselves and dont read fiction if it bothers you that much!

If you arent so rediculously snobby about the fantastic fantasy storylines you will love what this book has to offer.

The characters are powerful but sometimes troubled, they are somewhat endeering and the storyline makes you not want to put the book down. The writing is descriptive enough that you could feel yourself in thebook.

A fantastic storyline...a perfect girly getaway summertime read that will remove you from your own life into a world of glamorous girly characters.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the 80's...? 13 May 2007
Maybe I've missed something here - but Louise's latest offering tells us of three beautiful girls in the 80's who suddenly lose everything - typical Louise 'claw your way to the top' goodness. Yes, I think that's correct.

But explain to me this - Jane scores a minimum wage job at the local Shop Smart. Rhodri Evans, Shop Smart's Senior Vice-President of Marketing, West Coast, stands in front of a rack of DVD players to review her and her fellow workers performances. Am I just reading this wrong?

When Southern Belle Sally has to take her depressed mother back to Texas, she recalls of selling her designer clothes on eBay. I must be reading this wrong.

Rewind back to Sally's father telling his lawyers he isn't running some dot com company. I SURELY must be reading this wrong.

I have been a long time fan of Louise B's fantasy world books, but this truly is a little hard to swallow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy... 10 Feb. 2010
I think all the flaws people have mentioned are down to laziness.

It seems the book was never in the hands of an editor because there are so many obvious mistakes that if not caught by the writer should have been spotted during the editorial process. The mention of eBay and dot coms in a time where the world wide web was yet to come into existence being the most glaring flaws to be missed not only by the author but also at least one editor.

The timeline of the plot is often is confused, historical and regional accuracy go out the window fairly quickly, colloquialisms are misused and character development rarely moves beyond that of clichés.

I have read dozen of books where faults of this type existed and not noticed them because the quality of the plot and writing made me lose myself in a way that mistakes went unnoticed. The fact that I noticed the mistakes and not the mistakes themselves is the problem here... the book just wasn't engaging enough to take away from the many errors.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor! 5 Jun. 2007
I truly love Louise Bagshawe but this novel is horrendous! I have always loved the way that she writes with wit and charm and with a hint of suspense, mystery, romance and true friendship! However this book is the exact opposite of her usual literature- it is lamely written without much thought and enthusiasm as per her usual style- infact it is completely off without so much as a hint of what she usually stands for.

I found this book a very poor version of her earlier stuff and quite frankly I feel cheated on the usual good stuff.. sorry Louise, but this book is BAD!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louise Bagshaw we salute you! 11 Jan. 2008
Absolutely brilliant is the word for this book. Louise Bagshaw has once again published an exceptional book. This book is to blame for very late nights and being really tired in the morning!!!
I hope she carries on supplying us with first class literature for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good holiday reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good author, good read
Published 7 months ago by Sally Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 months ago by Donna Olde
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Quite a good read.
Published 11 months ago by Catherine Mary Thurrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Loved it
I absolutely loved this book... Heart Wrenching, Heart Warming and Inspiring. Thank you Louise
I would highly recommend it to anyone
Published 12 months ago by Gem
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turning read
I got into this book from page one. I am a fan of louise Baghdad's books and this didn't disappoint.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
a great story, a real page turner , I could never have pictured the ending,looking forward to the next great read
Published on 15 Jun. 2013 by jo freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Glamour
For me this is one of those books that I've read multiple times over the years (I have it in paperback and that staying something) . Read more
Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by beef93
4.0 out of 5 stars good
i enoyed this book. Found all the charactersa very good. a very enjoyable read.i usually like Louise Bagshawe as i know all her books are going to be exciting.
Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by marshmallow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I found this book an intriguing and interesting read - and quite empowering. I usually read more literary books, but for 'chick-lit' I enjoyed this massively. Read more
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