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When Francesca married millionaire Bard Channing, she knew that he was arrogant and demanding - that was part of the attraction. She knew that taking on the children from his previous marriages wouldn't be easy. Nor would coming second to his business. But it didn't matter, she told herself, because above all she knew that she would do anything for him. Or, at least, she thought she would.

It was only a small lie, Bard said, one that could save his reputation, their marriage, their children, their life. But if there's one lie, how many more might follow or have already been told? And at what cost?

As Francesca is plunged into emotional crisis, she must make some hard choices. She knows that she would do anything for those she loves. The question is, how much does she really love her husband? Enough to do something terribly wrong?

©1997 Penny Vincenzi; (P)1998 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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"Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish, and you don't want it to end." (Daily Express)

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  • Christal
  • 07-04-17

Abridged too far

As a fan of Penny Vincenzi I was slightly cautious about an abridged version but didn't expect to be so disappointed.

All the subtleties and much of the conversation which characterise Penny Vincenzi's work are completely lost. The many twists and turns of the story have largely become basic narrative so you don't become involved with many of the characters and at least one of the twists was left unexplained (unless I fell asleep and missed it).

I feel sure I would have given the full version a very different rating and will steer clear of abridged versions in audible in future.

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  • Helen Fearn
  • 03-13-16

Not as good as her others.

The characters aren't very interesting in this one. The surprise plot with the hidden daughter was weak. This is the only book of Penny's I forced myself to stick with.