Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways, they vow to get together in London the following year. One of them, however, harbors a terrible secret: on her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow.
Clio has fulfilled her ambition of becoming a doctor, only to find herself trapped in a marriage to an arrogant surgeon. Martha is a highly paid corporate lawyer, just embarking on a political career. Jocasta is a tabloid newspaper reporter with an infallible instinct for the big story. The infant abandoned at Heathrow has grown up under the loving care of her adoptive family. Now a beautiful teenager named Kate, she sets out to find her birth mother: a quest that unexpectedly brings the women together and exposes the secret buried so many years before.
©2007 Penny Vincenzi; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Vincenzi pulls out all the stops in this orchestral saga." (Publishers Weekly)
"An absorbing tale rich in seductive intrigue and emotional impact." (Booklist)
I listened to Rosilyn Landor's reading of An Absolute Scandal (unabridged) and enjoyed it so much I broke my rule not to get abridged book versions with Sheer Abandon only because she was reading it. I should have stuck to my rule even tho the reading was just as good the content suffered so much from the abridgement the book seemed all chopped up. Get the unabridged version, but be prepared. If you have heard An Absolute Scandal, you will recognise much of it in Sheer Abandon.
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