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Product Details

  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288140
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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British novelist-screenwriter Bagshawe (The Go-To Girl) updates '70s mega-business romance Scruples with this internationally flavored fantasia on love, lies and shopping. After 13 years of marriage, jewelry magnate Pierre Massot suddenly disappears from his British-born wife Sophie's life. For seven more years, Sophie (née Roberts) stays in Paris raising son Tom and cowering before mother-in-law Katherine until, with her priest's blessing, she has Pierre declared legally dead and starts showing interest in the family business. Naïvely, she allows herself to be taken in personally and professionally by the new CEO, Gregoire Lazard, and finds herself fooled by the grasping overdressed Oklahoma-born PR executive, Judy Dean, who was Pierre's lover until he disappeared. Gradually, Sophie masters retail, the family and even loves again, but not without a lot of hard knocks. Jewels and couture (Sophie's a clothes horse) are described in more detail than the sex, while murder and betrayal in Mother Russia give this story of the rich and glamorous its dark side. But House of Massot shenanigans and the mystery of Pierre's disappearance don't put much rock beneath the glitter.
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About the Author

Oxford-educated Louise Bagshawe worked in the record business before leaving at age twenty-three to write full-time. A bestselling novelist and screenwriter in the U.K., her work has been published in nine languages, and she has adapted her novels for major Hollywood film studios.

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This book kept me reading for a few days..hated to put it down.
Wiki Beek
I read books recommended by others generally who like the same kinds of books I like.
N. J. Cardarelli
Cleverly written, interesting plot that keeps you guessing to page 499!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Holzberg on April 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read all of Ms. Bagshawe's books, I see her as becoming the next Jackie Collins for her intricate and original tales. Her latest, Sparkles, was just as enjoyable as her first. I could not put it down and read it in about 3 hours. A true must read for saga literature with lots of twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up for 1 dollar at a Garage Sale and thought I would see if it was any good. I could not put it down. I was kept guessing until almost the end and that rarely happens with any book. It was so good I made my husband read it and he liked it too! Well worth it. I wish her books were easier to get in the states!
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By M. Linda C. Elkin on October 14, 2006
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Excellent!!! You must read it! Incredible story, unputdownable! As all Bagshawes novels! Although the title could've been improved and the book cover too, don't let this mislead you. It's not a silly pinky book, it's wonderful, cleverly written and insightful. It's about the courage of a woman in a male dominated world. I fully recommend it. You'll enjoy it :-)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Louise Bagshaw at her very best

The plot is gripping and very fast paced. I could not put it down and read it all over the course of a weekend
Perfect holiday read
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Format: Kindle Edition
and that says a lot because I am very discriminating about books.

What a great "old time" story. I have not read anything like this in years! I did not think these mystery, romance, rich and famous novels existed anymore. A refreshing change from t.m.i.sex and sloppy sentiment. This actually had a plot and some nice twists and turns.

Go for it! this is a keeper.
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By Wiki Beek on March 19, 2014
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This book kept me reading for a few days..hated to put it down.Wanted to see how it finally turned out.
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By Kristilee on June 5, 2013
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Loved this book. Very risqué. Quick moving. Excellent vacation read. Can't get enough of these books! And sadly, when it was over I found myself craving jewelry they way I used to crave chocolate!
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"Judge a book by its cover and you'll never know the story".

I remember this line from one of Celine Dion's songs and thought it applicable to start off my review on Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe. Judging by the cover of the book you would think it's a teeny bopper novel, which it is not. Some may find it a slightly shallow read, I who normally read books from what people call `serious authors', would describe it as my guilty pleasure.

This book I found a pleasure to read. Reasons being: It doesn't drag, it's an easy read and the story line I found addictive enough to keep on reading. This is a story about romance, ambition and betrayal with a good shot of comedy. Half of the time, while I was reading the book I was laughing - particularly at the end when all the betrayal gets revealed, which I found almost ridiculous as it is funny. By that I don't mean the story was ridiculous, but the actual betrayal itself - the reaction of the characters involved leaves for a very dramatic and comic ending to a fabulous novel. The characters in the book aren't very complicated or multi-dimensional, they are in fact very cliché - but that is what you can expect from a book like this.

The book and story was intoxicating and if you find the glamorous lifestyle appealing you would love this book. It's an endless mix of glamour, suspense, deceit and betrayal. When I say glamour, think elegant poised ladies clad in Chanel and Dior, dripping with diamonds and being backstabbing b*tches
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