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Priceless Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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'Escape into the glamorous, moneyed world of international fine art . . . there's plenty of intrigue, sparkling sex and champagne on offer, so enjoy!' (Woman's Day, Australia)
Hugely enjoyable; definitely a novel to grace your beach bag this summer. (Daily Mail on VINTAGE)
'A bonkbuster with bubbles' (Mirror on VINTAGE)
'This 21st century bonkbuster is a great excuse to hole up with a glass of bubbly' (Eve on VINTAGE)
Three women vie for success in this glossy bonkbuster set in the world of art houses and art forgery.See all Product description
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Nat Wilde from the UK and US born Carrie are pitched against each other as the managers of rival auction houses in London. Throw into the mix single parent Serena - a fabulously talented forger and her lover - the owner of a plethora of fine art and trusted in the art world and the story is spiced up. A couple of characters from her previous novel are re-introduced and I felt this worked well. Unfortunately, it's all held together rather loosely with basic characterisation and, like I say, mediocre insight into the workings of the art scene.
Unlike 'Vintage' which felt real and was plausable, 'Priceless' is just a good yarn - nothing more, nothing less. I do hope her standards rise again with her next offering...
In a world which seems to be getting greyer by the day, I'm just grateful that there is a writer like Olivia Darling to add some much needed sunshine into our lives but the question is how is she going to follow this one?
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I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to art or the art world, but that did take anything away from this
book for me. I was wary because of this lack, but Darling does an amazing job covering all of the pertinent details.
The author has continued the format of her previous and debut novel Vintage, choosing to build a story around three different women who do not know each other.
Lizzy was annoying at times because she downplays her talent and is over shadowed by a work relationship, but as of halfway through Lizzy begins to grow. Carrie was my favorite character, I always appreciate a strong and ruthless business women. Serena is an artist, and perhaps the most venerable, but I think her character is what really tied the book together for me. She is forced to make choices we have all made for love.
This is a great read and will have a place of honor on my book shelf. I look forward to watching this author continue to grow.
Meanwhile in Cornwall, artist Serena Macdonald was eking out a meager living for her and her daughter Katie to barely survive as a portraitist paining family pets. When a neighbor dies, Serena meets her late friend's youngest son Julian who knows Nat. Soon a simple mistaken error turns into a lucrative business when Serena displays her talent of being able to paint the works of the Old Masters.
This is a well written satirical contemporary with solid flawed characters. Priceless lacks the credibility of the author's darling Vintage. With nods to the movies Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Art of Love but instead filled with avenging females (rather than Holly Golightly, or Dick van Dyke and James Garner), the story line is fun to read as the audience will wonder just who will be left standing on the streets of London and New York when the scam explodes.