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Sheer Abandon by [Vincenzi, Penny]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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Gloriously unputdownable (Woman & Home)

Highly addictive (Daily Telegraph)

A guaranteed bestseller. Travel, romance, mystery and politics in one novel (Grazia)

A gloriously tempestuous and romantic mix; trembling lust and dark secrets (Daily Express)

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'...like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2363 KB
  • Print Length: 738 pages
  • Publisher: Review (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3C8Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Sadly, I have to concur with the previous two negative reviews. Whilst I couldn't say that the book is a total bore, unlike any of Penny Vincenzi's previous books, it totally failed to engage me. The characterisation was a confusing hotch-potch of British politics (yawn), unlikely foreys into journalism and medicine. None of the characters were remotely believable. Nor likeable for that matter. Throughout the whole book I had the feeling that the author really didn't have a clue where she would go with this story. As one reviewer commented, the whole caboodle could have been written in two A 4 pages.
What a very, VERY odd book from such an accomplished story teller. If you find it cheaply in a boot sale and you are planning a long reading period due to enforced confinement - go for it. Otherwise, don't bother. Buy all of her other books instead, though!! Now those are truly EXCELLENT reads.
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Format: Hardcover
Whenever a new Penny Vincenzi comes out I lose a weekend, totally engrossed in it and the good news is she's done it again.

As usual the plot twists and turns with a mystery at its heart; the fact that I correctly solved the mystery this time by a quarter the way through in no way spoilt my enjoyment. Finding out if I was right and how it would unfold made for compelling reading.

Lovely intelligent froth and right on form. May you live and write to be 100, Panny.

ETA I've just re-read this, having read and hated the latest book and all has fallen into place for me. It's obvious that there has been a change of editor in the last five years as all the things that have irritated me in the last couple of novels are missing.

A plea to you and your publishers, Penny, please bring back your old editor, their skills enhanced your books immeasurably.
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Format: Paperback
I have read all Penny's books and loved them all but this one. Normally her books leave me not wanting to put them down but unfurtunately I found this hard to pick up.I think it was plainly obvious from the onset who the father was and found the book quite boring. About to start on her latest novel hope she is back on form.
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Format: Paperback
I have seen all the negative reviews of this novel and felt I just had to review it to redress the balance. I have read every Penny Vincenzi book right from her brilliant first novel OLD SINS and this book did not disappoint either. I have recently read a few books that didn't seem up to my normal standard and become a bit bored and so I really needed something good to get my teeth into. I bought this book and, as I usually do just before I start a book, I read the Amazon reviews. I couldn't believe there were so many people who didn't enjoy it that much but Penny's previous reputation as an author reigned supreme and the reviews didn't put me off so I started the book. I had 2 days off work at the time and the weather was wonderful so all I did was sit out in the garden and read and didn't do much else for the next few days. The book was so easy to get into with characters you really care about. It was soon unputdownable. Some people have said it was too long but I didn't find it so-I think it was just right-any briefer and there wouldn't be enough detail but it didn't ramble at all the pace was just right. A real holiday read. Excellent
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Penny's books, I have read and re-read all of them without exception (am currently re-reading The Dilemna!). Unfortunately this book was awful - where was the dramatic tension, the build up, the detailed and engrossing character details? If this is your first introduction to Penny's work read something else first! Also, the character names are remarkably similar to another book by Celia Brayfield called The Prince. Very strange and very disappointing.
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Format: Hardcover
As a reader who has devoured all of Ms Vincenzi's books, Sheer Abandon, was a huge disappointment. The characters were irritating rather than interesting and the story bland and boring. The story was painfully strung out and could have been written on a 2 page magazine spread. Desperately disappointing.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Well I can't say I hated this book. I picked it up in a hostel while travelling and this was one of a limited selection, and was 700 or so pages long so I thought it would keep me going.
I think this book could have easily been written in 300 pages (or less), it takes waaay too long to finish, I wasn't up at midnight dying to know what was going to happen next - I did some very basic deductions and had figured out the 'mystery' about a quarter of the way through the book.
At this point I would like to say how much I disliked the character Nat and I couldn't understand why all the other characters apart from Jim found him so adorable. And Jocasta started off okay, but after a while she just came across as a neurotic, selfish and temperemental alcoholic. I think the best developed character was Clio, being the only person in the whole book that I didn't cringe at every now and then.
The reason I decided to give this review two stars rather than one is because, like I said, I didn't HATE it, I found it tolerable to read and I did manage to finish it. Only something that repulsed me beyond the ability to finish the book would receive one star.
All in all, a very average trashy novel, but if that is what you want - look no further.
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