Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi
A Novel

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A number-one bestseller from one of Britain’s most popular novelists, Sheer Abandon is an all-consuming story revolving around the consequences of a desperate act . . .

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. But many years pass before the three cross paths again, and the once-capricious, carefree girls now all have thriving careers. 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 who belittles her and her professional achievements. Martha is a highly paid corporate lawyer, just embarking on a political career. Dedicated to her job, she has had little time for personal relationships and lives a busy, but lonely life. Jocasta, a tabloid newspaper reporter with an infallible instinct for the big story, is in love with a charming colleague who can’t make the permanent commitment she longs for. 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.

Impossible to put down, Sheer Abandon is top-notch women’s fiction.

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About Penny Vincenzi

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PENNY VINCENZI, before becoming a novelist, worked at such magazines as Vogue, Tatler, and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of The Dilemma, Almost a Crime, No Angel, Something Dangerous, Into Temptation, Sheer Abandon, An Absolute Scandal, An Outrageous Affair, Windfall, and Forbidden Places. Visit
Published May 8, 2007 by Anchor. 642 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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“Sheer Abandon” is an especially accessible book for Ms. Vincenzi. It is a stand-alone, and its basic plot is no more complicated than that of the musical “Mamma Mia!”

May 03 2007 | Read Full Review of Sheer Abandon: A Novel

Book Reporter

I'm consistently surprised that more American readers have not yet discovered Penny Vincenzi.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Sheer Abandon: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

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.

May 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Sheer Abandon: A Novel

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