Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$3.99
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Sparkles Paperback – March 27, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$2.00 $0.01

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
Available from these sellers.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow, I didn't think this would be my type of book. A friend recommended I read it so I begrudgingly did. I was hooked for a week reading it, could hardly put it down. Not just a romantic story, a whole lot more to it than that. I don't think anyone would be disappointed in this story.....a good mystery.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having stumbled upon this book on this website, I took a chance on what seemed like an OK beach read. Was I wrong! You're rooting for Mme Massot while also wondering what will happen next. There is a plot line in the book that seems to not belong, but don't worry, it all makes sense in the end.

Having read this book and Glamour, I wish more of Ms. Bagshawe's books were available on the Kindle.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I went wild for Penny Vicenzi but once I finished all of her books I needed to look elsewhere. I happened to find Louise Bagshawe by browsing on Amazon and now I want to read everything she has written. Bagshawe writes about the rich and famous. She offers a picture window into their lives complete with their sexual adventures. She might be racy but her stories are pure dynamite and you want to keep reading and not put the book down until you have consumed every word. Sweet as chocolate.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: suspense thrillers