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A Perfect Heritage by [Vincenzi, Penny]
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"Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women's fiction like Vincenzi." --"USA Today"
"Soap opera? You bet--but with her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming."--"People"
"Will draw you in against your better judgment and keep you awake reading all night." --"The Boston Globe"


"""Vincenzi is poised to fill the gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"""


"Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women's fiction like Vincenzi." --"USA Today""Soap opera? You bet--but with her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming."--"People"
"Will draw you in against your better judgment and keep you awake reading all night." --"The Boston Globe"
"""Vincenzi is poised to fill the gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"""

Will draw you in against your better judgment and keep you awake reading all night. "

Vincenzi is poised to fill the gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction. --Janet Maslin"

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--Janet Maslin"

Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women s fiction like Vincenzi. "USA Today" Soap opera? You bet but with her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming. "People"
Will draw you in against your better judgment and keep you awake reading all night. "The Boston Globe"
"" Vincenzi is poised to fill the gap in the American realm of Cinderella fiction. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times""""

Vincenzi has a remarkable knack for drawing readers in to her characters' stories and lives. And as she deftly weaves professional and personal roles together, readers will find themselves getting hooked despite themselves. A PERFECT HERITAGE is, like the cosmetics company it profiles, a classic and very much worth the investment. "

Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women s fiction like Vincenzi."

Soap opera? You bet but with her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming."

Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women s fiction like Vincenzi.

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A family. A firm. A lifetime of secrets. The irresistible new novel from the No 1 bestselling Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3350 KB
  • Print Length: 770 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755377591
  • Publisher: Review (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAT9HD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 501 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I pre-ordered this to have it arrive during my holiday, unfortunately towards the end of it, but I prioritised it over two others that came out on the same day which shows the attraction of Vincenzi.

Slightly less complicated than some of her previous novels where it was sometimes challenging to keep up with the dozens of characters and their back plots going back in time.

The story concerns an ailing beauty house, The House of Farrell, and the attempts by the elderly matriarch still running the family business to thwart the dynamic new CEO, brought in by venture capitalists. I liked the way that Lady Farrell was portrayed, still a force to be reckoned with, still able to captivate a sales conference. Bravo, not all elderly ladies are drooling into cups of tea!

There are a few side plots, the daughter of the CEO being bullied, the touching relationship between Florence, another admirable older lady who runs the shop, and her long-term lover, and the crumbling marriage between Bianca and her husband.

Most of the men are complete wimps and drips, or bullies.

The story is a little bit reminiscent of a novel by Louise Mensch which also concerns the beauty business and the new trends of social media and bloggers.

Enjoyable though, even if I did struggle to think that House of Farrell could ever be a significant force with three chemists, one shop and no online presence!
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Extremely well written and researched about the cosmetics industry and the people in it. About a family and the company it founded, The House of Farrel. Its growth, its strengths, its decline. And finally, the attempt at a relaunch in tune with new and modern times and methods.

It's an upper class world. Quite a few cliches perhaps, but still very enjoyable ones. Isn't it nice in the everyday life of most of us to read about new CEO of Farrells Bianca Bailey and long time Director Florence Hamilton stepping into CHANEL in Paris and buying a beautiful bag. Florence in her eighties, forever chic in a vintage Chanel cardigan.

But even if the characters in this book are mostly well moneyed, their lives are not without obstacles. Love can never be bought. Comfort and harmony only to a certain extent.

"A Perfect Heritage" is a book going much deeper than its seemingly light upper class banter might initially indicate. I found it much more than just light "beach reading", a lot between the lines which made me enthralled and sometimes nodding fondly at my own memories, both happy and bittersweet ones.

A treasure for Vincenzi addicts. New readers will be hooked.
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I have read all Penny Vincenzi's books and thoroughly enjoyed them but I have been very disappointed with this one. The story line does not flow well.
The paragraphs do not always follow on and leave you wondering who am I reading about now. Very boring and monotonous in parts.
Not a good one at all
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Brilliant! Could not put it down. Penny has surpassed herself. Have got all her books and this one has been the best!
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Cannot recommend highly enough - I was riveted from page 1 and my enjoyment didn't flag over the entire 750 pages. This is one of my favourite authors, and she's never let me down. Can't wait for the next one!
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Fans of Penny Vincenzi will welcome this addition to the growing list of books written by this bestselling author. Over the years Penny’s name has become almost synonymous with larger than life novels, churning out bestselling novels year after year. Stunning, delightful and engaging, her novels have never failed to mesmerize or surprise readers with its surprising and absorbing plots. And her latest book promises to offer more of the same, a novel which fans will willingly and wholeheartedly embrace without reservations.

A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi is about a cosmetic company known as the House of Farrell which was established in 1953 by a young couple, Athina and Cornelius Farrell. Through astute leadership and innovative marketing, the company rose to prominence, controlling a market which brought much profit for its owners. But as time passed by, a sense of complacency overtook the management, resulting in poor decisions bringing the company almost to a grinding halt. The House of Farrell’s inability to adjust and innovate with the changing times resulted in over companies taking over its market share. With its flagging fortunes, Cornelius also died leaving the widowed Athina to meddle in the affairs of the House of Farrell.

In order to turn around the fortunes of the company, Bianca Bailey is hired as the company’s CEO. As Bianca put her heart and soul into reviving the company, it is Athina who locks horns with her, trying to have her way in running the affairs of the company which she co-founded with her late husband. Both are passionate about their work and both have dreams for the company but their views and dreams clash at every level, making it difficult to move the company forward. As the story unfolds, past secrets are revealed with its consequences playing out in dramatic fashion in the present. Author Penny Vincenzi has populated the book with a fascinating and fabulous cast of characters, but all not likeable in the same degree.
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Another great story by penny Vincenzi she writes a great detailed story of a family firm and how this is represented in the 21st century. We meet Bianca a go getting woman who has the job of turning around the house of Farrell a cosmetic house . Well worth a read if you like family epics.
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