Monday, September 28, 2015

Review & Giveaway: A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi (Giveaway Closed!)

Title: A Perfect Heritage    
Author: Penny Vincenzi      
Published: October 2015, The Overlook Press  
Format: Hardcover, 768 pages   
Source: Publisher  

The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953.

At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire.

But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands.

Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder.

Here is a tale of survival ... and a perfect heritage.

My thoughts: I've been wanting to read Penny Vincenzi for a while now - I even have a few of her older books on my shelf just waiting to be read. So of course, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review her newest book. The synopsis had me intrigued and as soon as I started reading, I knew I would love it.

While it's a fairly sizable book at over 750 pages, it moves rather quickly, sweeping you up in the world of cosmetics and The House of Farrell. It was almost like reading a soap opera in a sense, where it kept moving around so often amongst all the different story lines that were going on. While there were chapters, each is further broken down into shorter segments, little blitzes almost, on what is going on with each of the many characters and so you might not come back to one character for a while. But then there are times when it stays with the same story line for quite a bit. I really enjoyed this way of telling the story - it kept me hooked and glued to the pages, wanting to keep reading a bit more to get back to either a certain character or story line.

There were so many fun, almost delicious characters - you either really liked them or really disliked them - and then there some that were just so-so, rather bland characters, there to serve a purpose, but didn't really add much else. Of the more likeable/dislikeable characters, these were the ones I couldn't get enough of. Some were so strong and power-hungry, they didn't care who was in their way as they bulldozed their way to the top and then there those that were so weak that they were pushed around with the least amount of effort. You just wanted to scream and shake some sense into them! I'm always a sucker for the underdog and there were quite a few here, some that do get their due eventually, and some that remain where they are.

When I first started reading this, I was reminded of one of my favorite books, Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance. That was what called to me when I read the synopsis and stayed with me as I read the whole book. I loved that book, and the subsequent books what made up that series, and would so love to see this book turn into a series. I don't know if that's what Penny Vincenzi has planned, but boy would I love it if she did!!! In the meantime, I am now more eager than ever to pick up those books I have of Penny's and start reading them...I really do enjoy her style of reading!

Thanks to
the publisher
one reader can win a copy of  A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi.   To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by October 5th.

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Good Luck!!!


  1. As I was reading your review I began to think of Barbara Taylor Bradford and then hey presto you connected it. As I mentioned before I have this book on my shelf - think it published 2014 in Britan/NZ. Must read it, although have set myself one of her older others for October to read.

  2. This definitely sounds like a soap opera in book form but in the best possible way! I haven't heard of this author before but I'm going to go look into her other books as well.

  3. Nice review. This book has been on my TBR list. I have also been wanting to read her books as Penny Vincenzi has been highly recommended to me by a friend. Would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. What a nice review. I agree, that at 750 pages it sounds daunting, but happy to read it's easy to get swept up in the story.

  5. Terrific review! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I will share your giveaway in the sidebar of my blog. Thanks for hosting this, Kristin.


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