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The Best of Times Paperback – June 22, 2010
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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THE BEST OF TIMES opens with a journalistic-style account of the fictional accident and then steps back in time, as it explores the lives of some of the key players in the accident, examining who they are and outlining how they happened to be on that particular road at that pivotal time.
At the center of the story is handsome doctor Jonathan Gilliatt, a happily married father of three who is carrying on an affair with Abi, a sexy younger woman (who happens to be in his car at the time of the accident). How will he explain her presence to the police, the newspapers --- and his wife? There's also eager groom Toby and his best man Barney, rushing to get to the church in time for Toby's wedding to Tamara, but delayed by a top-secret errand that would destroy Tamara if she knew of it. There's Mary, an elderly lady heading to London to reunite with the love of her life, an American man she met during World War II. Both of them are widowed, now finally free to be together after 60 years apart. And there's Georgia, an aspiring (but ambivalent) actress on the way to the audition of her life.Read more ›
All in all, it was a great ride, that could have been about 5-10% shorter for me to really have given it five stars.
I'm sorry, I just don't get what's so great. It dragged on. It was mundane. It was predictable.
I typically can finish a novel in 2-3 days if I love it. This one took me 3 WEEKS. I had to force my way through.
Now, I'm wondering how many Americans loved this book. Maybe it's a Brit thing? It was slow - I've never READ beating around the bush quite like this. Too many characters were introduced to have any sort of connection to each one. I knew what was going to happen, it was sit-com predictability. You know this person is going to shack up with that one, you know this one is going to die & that one is going to be pregnant. You KNOW.
I give this book one star. I'm so sorry I paid money for it. Today, I'm off to the used bookstore hoping to get some money back on it. Pathetic.
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To ask me to write a review about any Penny Vincenzi novel is a shoe in for a great review. I love how she writes, I love her characters and I just love reading her books. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sandy
I HAVEN'T READ A PENNY VINCENZI NOVEL YET THAT I DIDN'T LIKE. IT SOMETIMES TAKES A COUPLE OF CHAPTERS TO GRAB YOU BUT THEN YOU ARE SQUEEZING IN EVERY AVAILABLE MOMENT TO READ IT... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some scenarios from 'An Absolute Scandal' were repeated in this novel, for example, the inquest. Methodical build-up to main story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by christine
The best part of the book was the crash. The vivid sex made it a tawdry romance novel. I much preferred reading her series ser in England.Published 6 months ago by Bcw1016
Nice easy read - especially welcome after something rather serious and complicated. A perfect "plane" book but still fun last thing at night before you go to sleep.Published 8 months ago by Suzy
It was a good story, liked how all the characters come to be due to that awful crash. But it was too long of a book, could have been shorter, it just seemed a bit drawn out.Published 9 months ago by Karen L. Haworth
Loads of characters that all twined together seamlessly with one small flaw with a major detail dropped in the story of the groom, but easily overlooked with the other satisfying... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Denise M. Ricard
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Thought she went downhill after her first three, but this has brought her back. Read No Angel if you haven't.Published 15 months ago by lisa hammer