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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288140
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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I love jewelry, love reading about jewelry, and Chez Massot is *the* go-to place for exquisite, one-off jewelry creations that leave places like Tiffany's in the dust. This is a very rich, densely plotted book, although the some of the characters are a bit like caricatures - the good are very good, the bad have no redeeming qualities, and one is a sociopath. I found the character of Tom Massot very annoying, but Hugh was terrific and Sophie finally shaped up into an interesting woman. The biggest weaknesses were a too-pat ending plus a third storyline that starts to weave through rather late in the day, and it was more distracting than interesting. Also some of the solutions to various mysteries were, I thought, pretty obvious.

Storyline: Pierre Massot, head of the fabulous Chez Massot, which he built into quite an empire, goes missing, leaving behind his wife, the gentle and dull Sophie, his teenage son Tom, and a cast of phenomenally unworthy business associates. After Pierre has been gone for seven years, his widow declares him dead, turns the now-ailing stores around, makes a lot of headlines, and attracts the attention of gorgeous, wealthy jewel magnate Hugh. There are a lot of corporate shenanigans, threats of takeovers, romantic liaisons, and misbehavior at all levels that kept me turning the pages. The author obviously has a fabulous imagination - all the international intrigue is quite fun - but there are some plausibility issues. Would make great reading over a long weekend or on a long flight. Not my favorite book by this author, but I will definitely keep reading her.
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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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I'm generally not taken to writing reviews. I read books recommended by others generally who like the same kinds of books I like. I was on vacation last week with my sister who was reading this book. I finished the 2 books I brought and my sister finished this and recommended it to me. I have to tell you I'm pretty picky about books I don't like the syruppy, predictable, overly sexual graphic novels so I have to say I wasn't sure about this book but I NEED to read. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I was hooked within the first 3 chapters. The depth of the character, the twists and turns. The unusual relationship with Katherine and Pierre which I thought was wonky from the get-go.

I read it almost the whole 5 hr flight home and finished it in 3 short days. I was captivated, I found I was hoping to see changes in the characters which in some I saw and others got their just desserts. I agree with the reviewer who commented about the using of certain "colorful adjective" as this is not a novel for young kids. There was a crudeness to the Stockton character that I was also not fond of but that's a personal preference. One thing that I really like was the lessons on letting go and forgiveness. I'm a firm believer in you reap what you sow and that's exactly what happened in this book.

I would have given it all stars but again..I don't like foul language and I find the "f" word really really offensive.

I'm writing a review of this for my co-workers!!!!
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