Tina Jordan
May 11, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sheer Abandon

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Penny Vincenzi
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Like the classic guilty pleasure Lace, Penny Vincenzi’s Sheer Abandon follows three friends, one of whom secretly gave birth to a girl — now a beautiful teen — who comes looking for her mom. Which one abandoned a newborn at Heathrow 20-some years ago — Martha, the cool, smooth lawyer now dabbling in politics? Clio, a doctor caught in a loveless marriage? Or Jocasta, the brash, enterprising reporter? Abandon lacks the delicate detail and pacing that marked Vincenzi’s fabulous trilogy about the Lyttons, a British publishing dynasty, but it’s a satisfying beach read nonetheless: delightfully long and packed with intrigue, sex, and a distinctly British nastiness. B

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