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A Perfect Heritage | [Penny Vincenzi]

A Perfect Heritage

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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 kind of promise.

©2014 Penny Vincenzi (P)2014 Headline Digital

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    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 10-17-14
    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 10-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding!!"
    Where does A Perfect Heritage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bianca. Strong woman and yet very in tune with the needs of others.


    What about Sandra Duncan’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very enjoyable to listen to and she does different characters extremely well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dynamic women at their best.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me more of Penny Vincenzi and Sandra Duncan. Perfect match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marti 09-11-14
    Marti 09-11-14
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    "Brilliant Narration"

    This is an engaging story filled with an interesting variety of characters.
    The clever narrator makes each voice distinctive and original, with her talented display of nuance, timing and metre.
    This is an audiobook to take you away from your own world and spirit you into the intrigues of another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • L
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    9/7/14
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    "One for us ladies I think"

    This author was knew to me - I liked her a lot - certainly admired her for the depth of her writing - the fine but very appropriate smaller details - amongst other things, the book also highlighted the ever spoken conflict of us ladies and our career. All the story was beautifully concluded and summarised in the Epilogue. It kept me chained to my Ipod and looking forward to the next listen - I will definitely be listening to more of Penny's books and I must congratulate the narrator - a marvellous job considering how many characters popped in and out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie-Anne
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Brilliant, as always"

    Totally absorbing - the characters were compelling yet human, with human faults. The plot galloped along with exactly the right amount of sideshow. I just wish it didn't take Penny Vincenzi so long to do all her faultless research and wonderful writing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Syresham, United Kingdom
    8/8/14
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    "I LOVED this story!"

    Having either read or listened to all of Penny Vincenzi's books I was very pleased when this book was realeased in audio and snapped it up.

    She never fails! Penny Vincenzi has the ability to mould a story with so many twists and turns, yet still manages to keep you on track and fully in the right place at the right time.

    The characters in this book are so well described, so utterly recognisable that each one for me had a form, a face, a figure - I could SEE them! I knew what they looked like!

    Bianca is an absolute fighter - as a working mum from when my children were babies to the youngest one getting married, I know only too well what the challenges are to a woman in management fighting for recognition in a man's world. But bianca does it! Against all the odds. What a woman!

    Again, Sandra Duncan narrates beautifully - she brings the characters to life in wonderful three dimension. She perfectly compliments the excellent story.

    Oh, and by the way reader - did I mention that I LOVED this story?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bella82
    8/2/14
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    "Gripping and Frivilous in equal measure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Perfect Heritage to be better than the print version?

    Yes - this is a long book and I've heard the print version is a bit of a heavyweight!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail - you can really lose yourself in this book. Despite its length there are many subplots and characters so you will not tire of it. I love the detail of the brand and the cosmetics industry.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to another Sandra Duncan narration.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One storyline had me in utter despair so yes! I loved the character Bianca and was cheering for her throughout.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    1/19/15
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    "a sweet story. .held me till the end."

    I normally listen to crime or action..highly recommend this book wonderful narration. you will enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SUSAN
    1/14/15
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    "Hard work to begin with."

    Slow start but got much better so stick with it. Beautifully read by the narrator. A good PV family saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/11/14
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    "great read!"
    Where does A Perfect Heritage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A PERFECT heritage rates near the top among all the audio books I have listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that there are constant twists and curve balls to this story and of course one again that there is a main strong heroine


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Hard to say really as there were quite a few.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yea I did have an emotional connection to this book.it made me laugh out loud in parts, but it also made me cry in others.


    Any additional comments?

    Yet another great read very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SHEILA
    ilford, United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Moved around too much"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the premise of the story, but I felt it moved around too much between the story lines. Just as thing got interesting for a set of characters, you were moved on, quite abruptly to something else. I thought too much was made of the child's school problems which detracted from the story line of the Company relaunch.

    On the positive side it was well narrated very well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Condense it to remove some of the school stuff.


    Do you think A Perfect Heritage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up as all character lines were concluded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/21/14
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    "ohh I love Penny Vincenzi"

    Once again Ms V had me captured for the several hours it took to complete this book. She is a fantastic story teller and always ties up the character plots to great satisfaction. I was sad when I finished it. Thoroughly recommended,[probably for women rather than men]

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Retford, United Kingdom
    7/21/14
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    "Jubilee"
    What made the experience of listening to A Perfect Heritage the most enjoyable?

    The narrator who grew on me. At first I wasn't too sure about her voice register but grew to see she could alter it and that it was just right for the book. The story and the interwoven lives of those working at the group intrigued me. This was not a very deep and meaningful book but entertaining and a good listen.rather like a documentary glimpse into lives very different to my own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the central idea and build up to ,the launch,. I loved Florence and her long affair with Cornelius. The conflict between her work and family for Bianca would make so many women identify. Would that it was so easy to solve for all women. Still this is more fantasy and entertainment.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No others but enjoyed this.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The smell of success.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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