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The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ... and a perfect heritage.


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The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ... and a perfect heritage.

30 review for A Perfect Heritage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    THE BLURB: The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing THE BLURB: The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ... and a perfect heritage. MY THOUGHTS: I have mixed feelings when I finish a Vincenzi novel. Exhilaration and sadness to name but two. Her plots are always complex with a large cast of characters. Characters whom, by the time you have finished the book, have completely enchanted you, as has the plot. A Perfect Heritage is no different. A door stopper of a book, I have been sitting on it since publication in 2014. Perhaps 'hoarding' is a more apt description. I adore my Kindle, but I have to read Vincenzi in a physical book. And now, having finished this marvelous saga, it will join my Vincenzi collection, to be taken out and reread numerous times, sighed and exclaimed over, treasured. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I've been a fan of Penny Vincenzi for several years and was delighted to be given the opportunity by Lovereading to read and review the latest release. I'm used to Penny’s books being larger than normal so wasn't wholly surprised to find that my proof copy was a whopping 939 pages. However the story was so engaging that I didn’t even mind the slightly aching wrists! The story centres around the House of Farrell, a cosmetics company established in 1953 by young husband and wife Athina and I've been a fan of Penny Vincenzi for several years and was delighted to be given the opportunity by Lovereading to read and review the latest release. I'm used to Penny’s books being larger than normal so wasn't wholly surprised to find that my proof copy was a whopping 939 pages. However the story was so engaging that I didn’t even mind the slightly aching wrists! The story centres around the House of Farrell, a cosmetics company established in 1953 by young husband and wife Athina and Cornelius Farrell. In its heyday the HoF attracted the rich and famous, including royalty but, unfortunately over the years, a combination of complacency, poor management and being completely out of touch with the times has meant that the HoF is in dire straits and needs immediate financial rescue. This is where we meet Bianca Bailey. She is bought in by the financiers as CEO to rally the company’s fortunes and bring it back to profit. She has a fearsome reputation and is regarded as being one of the best in the business. Unfortunately she clashes on almost every level with Athina (now the widowed Lady Farrell) who still considers herself to be in charge of the company and who loses no opportunity to put a spanner in the works whenever possible. Penny Vincenzi has created a cast of some fabulous characters – some strong and others so weak you want to shout at them with frustration; however they all have their own part in play in the story and we get to know them very well. For me, the least likeable was Athina Farrell. She had a nasty superior attitude and was very controlling - even with her family and although she may have been the driving force behind the company in its golden years, I didn't warm to the elderly Athina at all. Despite her ruthless reputation and no-nonsense manner, Bianca was the character that stood out for me the most and I felt that she was the mainstay of the story. Unlike Athina, she was quick to see the potential in people and situations and knew how to get the best from them. As well as trying to save the company, she has her own family dramas and crisis to deal with – she doesn’t always get it right but her faults just make her appear more realistic and we get to see the vulnerable person beneath the businesswoman. I'm not going to give any details of the plot, you need to read and enjoy this yourself but there are many different strands to the story which all combine to make this a book which will grab your attention until the very last page. Commercial intrigue, affairs and past secrets together with family politics are just some of the threads that will keep you hooked. In the main, the story is set in London but we are taken to some very glamorous locations, for example New York, Dubai and Sydney. I particularly enjoyed the time spent in Paris strolling through the back streets – the wonderful sense of place was a great addition to the story. One of my favourite books as a teenager was A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. In some ways, A Perfect Heritage reminded me very much of that book for the strong female leads and the family strife and drama involved of running an international business, albeit in a modern day setting. This is the 10th book I've read by Penny Vincenzi and I've enjoyed every one - you can always rely on her books to keep you enthralled. This was another excellent read for me and I can highly recommend it. My thanks to Lovereading for the advance reading copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helen Gazzara

    I usually can't put down a Penny Vincenzi, but sadly, in the case of this book, it was put down more than it was read. I just found it quite tedious, with no real page turning moments. I know this review won't be popular with Penny's loyal fans - one of which I still remain, despite my disappointment in this latest book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I've read everything that Penny Vincenzi has written. Her first book, Old Sins was published way back in 1989. I fell in love with her writing then and have never looked back. Penny Vincenzi writes huge books, the paperback version of A Perfect Heritage is almost 1000 pages, but it's a joy to read. Bursting with glamour and scandal, this story features the story of the House of Farrell - an upmarket cosmetics company that has been trading since 1953. Times are changing in the industry and new I've read everything that Penny Vincenzi has written. Her first book, Old Sins was published way back in 1989. I fell in love with her writing then and have never looked back. Penny Vincenzi writes huge books, the paperback version of A Perfect Heritage is almost 1000 pages, but it's a joy to read. Bursting with glamour and scandal, this story features the story of the House of Farrell - an upmarket cosmetics company that has been trading since 1953. Times are changing in the industry and new blood is needed to ensure that the company survives. A Perfect Heritage is the story of Athina Farrell - the legendary company founder and her battle with Bianca Bailey, the woman who arrives to bring the House of Farrell up to date. Full of wonderfully created characters, with an expertly told back story, this really was the perfect way to start my holiday.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa S.

    For how long this book is, it really held my interest. It truly is like a soap opera, and Vincenzi does a great job flushing out each character and making each one unique. Solid, interesting story with not-so-likable characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becca ☾☁︎⋆ (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)

    A Perfect Heritage is a story that envelops readers like an alluring movie, with powerful and world-changing secrets. There is a past hidden within the characters and story that entwines with the present with consequences that play out fascinatingly. Passionate about their careers, Bianca and Athina are at a standstill from each others egos, with neither of them on the same page for the future of The House of Farrell. The events that followed were overall a whirlwind of amazement and a story A Perfect Heritage is a story that envelops readers like an alluring movie, with powerful and world-changing secrets. There is a past hidden within the characters and story that entwines with the present with consequences that play out fascinatingly. Passionate about their careers, Bianca and Athina are at a standstill from each others egos, with neither of them on the same page for the future of The House of Farrell. The events that followed were overall a whirlwind of amazement and a story that even though it is a long page-turner, it's quite worth it for fans of Penny Vincenzi and others who are a fan of ambitious characters and dazzling outcomes. Would highly recommend to anyone that likes long reads with a story that keeps surprising you until the very last words. Reviewed thanks to Lovereading.co.uk!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Noor Hanis

    DNF at a little more than 50% Okay this is just the wrong book read by me on the wrong time and perhaps wrong place also. This is not the kind of book that will captivate my attention. Not when I just finished a really great book. Truthfully, A Perfect Heritage has a lot of characters that the author prepared a list of characters on the front pages. Well, when you read a book, there's not so much focus on the side characters. But this is so different. From the successor until their daughter and DNF at a little more than 50% Okay this is just the wrong book read by me on the wrong time and perhaps wrong place also. This is not the kind of book that will captivate my attention. Not when I just finished a really great book. Truthfully, A Perfect Heritage has a lot of characters that the author prepared a list of characters on the front pages. Well, when you read a book, there's not so much focus on the side characters. But this is so different. From the successor until their daughter and son, no story can be escaped. Ahha, someone help me about the affair. I'm so confused when almost everyone had an affair. Maybe that's how life worked. Overall, if I could turn back the time, I really want to read this book in leisure time where no special books placed in my very kind heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shiva Patel

    A Perfect Heritage was given to me from a friend. This is my first Penny Vincenzi book and I was impressed! From the first page you are drawn to this beautiful intricate story about the world of the House of Farrell. You are intrigued by the characters and their survival.. A truly memorable must read for all!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I loved it! This book came everywhere with me, I literally couldn't put it down. I started to really care about the characters' stories and how they were going to evolve through the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam Still Reading

    The words Penny Vincenzi and cosmetics company when combined got me all in a flutter when I heard about this book. I love Penny’s books and I’m a cosmetics junkie so when she writes about this, of course I’m going to read it! The real question is, why did it take me so long? I think I wanted to savour this big book, so I waited until I was on holidays to really get the most out of it (translation: stay up very, very late reading). It’s also pretty big at 753 pages, and I don’t read too many The words Penny Vincenzi and cosmetics company when combined got me all in a flutter when I heard about this book. I love Penny’s books and I’m a cosmetics junkie so when she writes about this, of course I’m going to read it! The real question is, why did it take me so long? I think I wanted to savour this big book, so I waited until I was on holidays to really get the most out of it (translation: stay up very, very late reading). It’s also pretty big at 753 pages, and I don’t read too many chunksters these days for unknown, likely trivial reasons. A Perfect Heritage has everything I want in a Penny Vincenzi book: - Gorgeous dress on front cover - A list of characters (I literally swoon over these, then think I’ll never remember them all but of course, I do because Penny Vincenzi is a master at making each one a complete individual) - A number of boardroom battles, cloaked in civility - Some truly gorgeous characters - At least one heinous villain - Blind twists in plot - A happily ever after for the characters I’ve come to regard as close friends. The storyline of A Perfect Heritage centres on The House of Farrell, a decaying cosmetics house that hasn’t kept up with the times. It clings to one hero product, The Cream, but it’s outdated and old-ladyish. Enter Bianca Bailey (top business mind with an awesome name) to turn the company around and make it popular again in the Queen’s Jubilee year. Bianca knows what hard work is, but she hadn’t thought that working with Lady Athina Farrell, co-founder would be so difficult. Lady Farrell sees herself as THE name and The Boss of the company. She’s also not averse to underhand tactics to get her way. It’s a full battle to try to bring the House of Farrell forward, which has disastrous effects on Bianca’s home life. The employees of the House of Farrell, both old and new, have their own problems and secrets. Some of these in turn could be problematic for the company… One of the strengths of Penny Vincenzi’s writing for me is the detail she puts into her characters. I now know so much about Bianca, husband Patrick and their children I feel like I should be sending them a Christmas card this year! Each member of this novel’s cast is intricately drawn and truly individual. No need to refer to the character list after very long! I could see the lines of stress on Bianca’s face as Athina usurped her and the joy as she solved a seemingly unsurmountable problem. I could see Bertie Farrell bumbling around the office blindly, yet caring so much for his staff. I cried with Susie as she was blackmailed and all along, the wise eyes of Florence helped to guide the House of Farrell gently but forcibly forward. There’s a lot of tension in this book as the House of Farrell falls into one calamity after another. Some were so dire that I couldn’t possibly see how Bianca and co could find a way out. True, not all of the solutions were successful but this dose of real life only made the story sparkle more for me. A page-turner with an engaging set of characters – what more could you ask for in a book? http://samstillreading.wordpress.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Penny Vincenzi is one of my favourite authors. She tells stories about women and families and they are always well written and full of interweaving stories. Generally there's one main female protagonist and she generally has an "enemy" or person determined to give her a hard time. There are then several other women whose stories are woven through and related to the main story. Bianca takes on jobs that challenge her to turn a failing company around. She is married to an accountant and has three Penny Vincenzi is one of my favourite authors. She tells stories about women and families and they are always well written and full of interweaving stories. Generally there's one main female protagonist and she generally has an "enemy" or person determined to give her a hard time. There are then several other women whose stories are woven through and related to the main story. Bianca takes on jobs that challenge her to turn a failing company around. She is married to an accountant and has three children. The House of Farrell is a 60 year old cosmetic company founded in the year of Elizabeth II's coronation and still run by the woman who, with her late husband, started it. Octegenarian Athina Farrell is imperious, controlling, rude and selfish but she does know the cosmetic business, even if she's a bit behind the times, which is why Farrell is losing money and nearly bankrupt. She has controlled and manipulated both her children to the point where they are either resentful of her or, in the case of her son, think they are as useless as she's always insisted they are. This is what Bianca is facing when the finance company put her in as CEO to take things in hand, resisted every step of the way by Athina. She also has to juggle her marriage and home life and when her husband is persuaded into a new job that takes much more of his time for a very demanding boss, her home life begins to suffer. Bianca makes changes at Farrell, brings in sharp new staff and upsets the old guard. She and her team devise a new re-launch of the brand to coincide with the Queen's diamond jubilee which echos Farrell's own diamond anniversary. It's a huge and stressful job and it takes its toll. Meanwhile we have a PR person, Susie who has a manipulative boyfriend. We have Lara who is divorced and becomes friends with Bertie Farrell, both of them equally shy about their feelings. Bertie's wife is nearly as snobby and imperious as his mother. Florence has been with Farrell nearly from the beginning and runs the exclusive shop in a Victorian shopping arcade. She, too, has been on the rough end of Athina most of her adult life but she has a secret that she's been keeping for nearly 50 years. We get flashbacks into her past and discover what that is. While it's sometimes frustrating when you see/read women or men in situations that are holding them back, when they are attached to manipulative people, when they put up with crap from other people, you know in the end they'll all come out happy. Bianca's teenage daughter Milly becomes bullied and that too is painful to read but again, you know she will find a way to regain her confidence and it's a lovely story in the end. It's really interesting to read about the workings of a cosmetic company. The book takes place mainly in London but with visits to Paris and New York in particular, both of which I enjoyed as well. Vincenzi's books are thick doorstops and could probably use a little editing for some of the detail but I still really enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sojourner

    Fans of Penny Vincenzi will welcome this addition to the growing list of books written by this bestselling author. Over the years Penny’s name has become almost synonymous with larger than life novels, churning out bestselling novels year after year. Stunning, delightful and engaging, her novels have never failed to mesmerize or surprise readers with its surprising and absorbing plots. And her latest book promises to offer more of the same, a novel which fans will willingly and wholeheartedly Fans of Penny Vincenzi will welcome this addition to the growing list of books written by this bestselling author. Over the years Penny’s name has become almost synonymous with larger than life novels, churning out bestselling novels year after year. Stunning, delightful and engaging, her novels have never failed to mesmerize or surprise readers with its surprising and absorbing plots. And her latest book promises to offer more of the same, a novel which fans will willingly and wholeheartedly embrace without reservations. A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi is about a cosmetic company known as the House of Farrell which was established in 1953 by a young couple, Athina and Cornelius Farrell. Through astute leadership and innovative marketing, the company rose to prominence, controlling a market which brought much profit for its owners. But as time passed by, a sense of complacency overtook the management, resulting in poor decisions bringing the company almost to a grinding halt. The House of Farrell’s inability to adjust and innovate with the changing times resulted in over companies taking over its market share. With its flagging fortunes, Cornelius also died leaving the widowed Athina to meddle in the affairs of the House of Farrell. In order to turn around the fortunes of the company, Bianca Bailey is hired as the company’s CEO. As Bianca put her heart and soul into reviving the company, it is Athina who locks horns with her, trying to have her way in running the affairs of the company which she co-founded with her late husband. Both are passionate about their work and both have dreams for the company but their views and dreams clash at every level, making it difficult to move the company forward. As the story unfolds, past secrets are revealed with its consequences playing out in dramatic fashion in the present. Author Penny Vincenzi has populated the book with a fascinating and fabulous cast of characters, but all not likeable in the same degree.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This was the 1st book of Ms. Vincenzi's that I read even tho I have looked at several of hers for years. They are loooong & her publishers use a large sized trade format with large print which makes them a heavy book to carry around. But I persevered with this one & enjoyed the inside look into the cosmetic/perfumers industry immensely. So I will be looking into which one of hers I will tackle next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    As ever Penny Vincenzi has produced another gripping family saga which is an absolute pleasure to read (though the jumbled text periodically throughout the ARC I was lucky enough to receive from Netgalley did require some patience to unravel!). This saga tells the story of the House of Farrell, a small family owned skincare and cosmetics company, which is about to go under financially at the opening of the book. Cornelius and Athina Farrell founded the company in the year of the coronation of As ever Penny Vincenzi has produced another gripping family saga which is an absolute pleasure to read (though the jumbled text periodically throughout the ARC I was lucky enough to receive from Netgalley did require some patience to unravel!). This saga tells the story of the House of Farrell, a small family owned skincare and cosmetics company, which is about to go under financially at the opening of the book. Cornelius and Athina Farrell founded the company in the year of the coronation of the Queen and in recent years the products they had been feted for by the press and public alike no longer create the stir they once did and serious action needs to be taken to prevent the company from going bankrupt. Enter Mrs Bianca Bailey and a group of venture capitalists who believe they can update and revitalise the business but at what cost to the Farrell family and their loyal employees? An exciting tale with many twists and turns often leaving the reader wondering with whom their sympathies should lie. I loved and would recommend it most highly to those who like Vincenzi's previous works or indeed the work of Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jilly Cooper or Tasmina Perry.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    Oh how glad I am to have this book! The truth is I was at Hatchards in London, which is one of oldest bookshops and sells to royal family so I had to get some books... I got this one mainly because of its cover and I felt only more happy because of its size. I read it and I absolutely love it. I never read anything by this autor before but I definitely will! The characters arent bland or overly dramatic. Nothing is obvious, many twists. Lovely history and i liked the fact that it was basen in Oh how glad I am to have this book! The truth is I was at Hatchards in London, which is one of oldest bookshops and sells to royal family so I had to get some books... I got this one mainly because of its cover and I felt only more happy because of its size. I read it and I absolutely love it. I never read anything by this autor before but I definitely will! The characters arent bland or overly dramatic. Nothing is obvious, many twists. Lovely history and i liked the fact that it was basen in London and a little in Paris as I could tell where the events are taking place.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Loveday

    Great reading! I have read all of her books and this one didn't disappoint me. With a good storyline and wonderful characterization, I was sorry when it ended and I knew I would have to wait a year for her next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Burnett

    Thoroughly enjoyed - Penny Vincenzi never disappoints :-))

  18. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    I am not gonna read 700 pages when I am all meh

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Goldsborough

    A great choice for my recent trip to Malta. I rated it only three stars as it is not her best and sadly a little predictable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue Davies

    I loved this like all her books a meaty family saga a great read

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A PERFECT HERITAGE BY PENNY VINCENZI The blurb The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of A PERFECT HERITAGE BY PENNY VINCENZI The blurb The House of Farrell - home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ... and a perfect heritage. WHAT I SAY I recommend you all read this book it was fab my book of the year up to now .I have not read any of Penny Vincenzi book before but i will now i love it The book is base on a beauty house called The house of Farrell Athina Farrell started this company in 1953 with her flag ship store in The Berkelery Arcade She made a product called the cream at home then move into the flag ship store The Cream was so on trend in it time but now the company on a bit of a downer .The customers want the new spot on trends that are now more fashionable The House Of Farrell is not right it out of date with the times it a bit old fashion To me Athina loved the cream but she very much like the company to stay as it is now she not up to change it to much but the brand needs it the counters are dated the products do not look right money not being made the brand old Athina will get the customers back but she wants to keep it like it is The whole family are working in the company which is so nice her granddaughter Lucy has drop out of college to do a make up course she so good at it she will be a very up and coming make up artist her grandma lets her work sat in the shop Her grandma supported her all the way she payed for her training she gets her friend to help promote The House of Farrel on her blog The family got to make money fast they take on Bianca Bailey she a very good business women but i think sometimes her family needed to come first not her job i really loved how you hear all about the products the pkt , the marketing side of thing the shop the whole House of Farrell is going to be brought up to date i loved hearing about all the set back the staff the way thing were going to be The make up a perfume for the relaunch hours they spend on getting it right but when it came back it was a shock but then a better shock came long but to me the big shock near the end Milly is Bianca daughter she having fun but then her so called friends start to bullied her at school on facebook they are so bad to her they make her life hell she tell no one then one day she brought to the house of farrel lucy take care of her a a great friendship is formed the set up doing make on her she then help lucy by going as the model on the blog this is the start of fun times for Milly can she put the bullies behind her the is a very good part of the story very well written it just shows you what kids can be like to each other but she come out on top in the end my heart when out to her Florence l loved her so much she been with the company from the start but what the secret she got over Athina all these years she keep it she one of the best sales advisor she the shop extraordinaire i loved how you hear about about the shop how it was what it was like working there she a great lady but her secret may help her one day I like that Athina and Bianca do not see eye to eye on The House of Farrel future The book about survival ambition and passion i loved all the passion about the company i like how the tried out new things The whole book so good it got me hooked i could not put it down I worked for one of the top beauty house the book talks about for 10 years it just how the industry it i could just see my self selling in the shop i think it so well research too I like how the family life past and present are told The only bad thing i got to say is the book very heavy it hardback and big i would like on my kindle lol this book will stay with me i put away to keep i really did love it i loved how the book talk about doing the relaunch in the queen jubilee doing the red / white and blue very british A PERFECT HERITAGE When you first pick it up you will be swept along into this fab world of glamour sparkle and pleasure did not want it to end I love to find out more what happen to lucy milly biance and the house of Farrell after the big day i like to find out lots more the end of the book was very good but sad I like to thank Headlines for sending me this to read A gem One of my best reads of the year up to now About the Author Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK`s best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fifteen bestselling novels, most recently The Decision and the number one bestsellers The Best of Times and An Absolute Scandal. Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' Glamour. Penny Vincenzi has four daughters, and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    A really good read , with some brilliant characters. Loved Milly , she'd had me feeling for her in so many ways. Will definitely be reading more of Penny Vincenzi's books as the i enjoyed her writing style and detailed descriptions of places and her development of her characters. I'm so glad my mum and rosemary lent me this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Waaay too long, but I like Vincenzi's fashionable London settings. This one had too many characters, many who were not memorable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    What first felt like a terrifying ordeal (900 page book, what?) turned into a wonderful adventure and probably one of my favourite reads of the year. A PERFECT HERITAGE by Penny Vincenzi is my first foray into Vincenzi’s fiction but definitely won’t be my last. RELEASE DATE : October 2015 PUBLISHER : Overlook Press DISCLAIMER : Novel received in exchange for a honest review. SYNOPSIS : The House of Farrell is a prolific skincare company and home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen What first felt like a terrifying ordeal (900 page book, what?) turned into a wonderful adventure and probably one of my favourite reads of the year. A PERFECT HERITAGE by Penny Vincenzi is my first foray into Vincenzi’s fiction but definitely won’t be my last. RELEASE DATE : October 2015 PUBLISHER : Overlook Press DISCLAIMER : Novel received in exchange for a honest review. SYNOPSIS : The House of Farrell is a prolific skincare company and home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its flagship London store since 1953. At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch that has been their trademark for generations. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company’s figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, while Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost care and discretion. She is sales advisor—and holder of secrets—extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. With no idea how to right the ship, Athina hires Bianca Bailey, a formidable businesswoman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. REVIEW : At first glance, I was intimidated. This is a LARGE book. What had I gotten myself into? At the centre of this novel is the House of Farrell, a cosmetic empire that rivaled Lancome, Estee Lauder, and Elizabeth Arden with it’s historic and cultural impact. Now in the 21st century, House of Farrell is fading – out of touch with the times and not turning a profit. Bianca is hired on to help the company on the path of reinvention. With intersecting storylines from multiple players over multiple years, see the rise of House of Farrell and the passion and ego that threaten to topple the entire empire. This novel opens with a listing of characters – almost like a cast of characters. Here was my first red flag – books that open with a map or a cast of characters immediately have me grimacing. Fear not – this novel is well worth the time, effort, and characters! You end up so invested in this novel because of it – with a cast of characters this wide and with so many personalities, you find yourself hating some characters, loathing others, sympathizing with some, and falling in love with another. Some characters are literal powerhouses and Vincenzi does amazing giving them a personality that leaps off the page. If I could categorize this novel, it would definitely fall into the soap opera category. This novel includes a long cast of characters, where everyone gets their own centre and narrative (however long or short). You’d think this would hinder the novel but in fact it supports it, dramatically. The edition of having everyone’s points of view and thoughts really makes this novel glow. You’re never second guessing the other character’s intentions or wondering what they are thinking – you’ll know in a short amount of time. Be forewarned: this novel is a slow burn. With so many characters getting a point of view, you’d think the plot would be scattered – absolutely not. The plot is beautifully intricate and detailed, and each character advances the plot (albeit, slowly) in their own way. The novel just works. The descriptions are beyond perfect – a walk along a Paris lane between two lovers completely captivates you. I was beyond happy and thrilled with the narrative – Vincenzi truly shines where other authors might falter. What originally thought to be an endurance test, this novel turned into one of the most pleasant reads of the year. I’m truly upset that it’s over. I’m a new fan of Vincenzi and I can’t wait to delve into her next novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Every now and then, when you have lots of time on your hands, its great to read a Penny Vincenzi book. I say "time on your hands" because this particular book was over 768 pages....very common for the writing of Penny Vincenzi. It is only common for a book this size to have a few dead spots here and there - but very quickly Penny picks up the theme and again another twist re-ignites our attention.... Its always been a battle over time on determining who within a family should 'work' and who Every now and then, when you have lots of time on your hands, its great to read a Penny Vincenzi book. I say "time on your hands" because this particular book was over 768 pages....very common for the writing of Penny Vincenzi. It is only common for a book this size to have a few dead spots here and there - but very quickly Penny picks up the theme and again another twist re-ignites our attention.... Its always been a battle over time on determining who within a family should 'work' and who should really be 'staying with the kids' - this book is no different. Bianca Bailey is a business woman who is working extremely hard, along with a group of investors, to stop the cosmetic group, "House of Farrell" from going into bankruptcy. The difficulty is that it also creates a bankruptcy kinda deal in her own household when she appears to be neglecting her children and husband - a sure recipe for disaster. Plus, let us not forget, the 86 year old, Matriarch of the House of Farrell - Lady Farrell is still around and still feeling very much in control! After all, her and her now-dead husband Cornelius founded "The House of Farrell" - who is this woman, (Bianca Bailey) to tell 'her' how to run this industry! So, ruffled feathers run supreme. Bringing the "House of Farrell" into the social media scene? How absurd! A struggle at work - a struggle at home - can Bianca Bailey keep it all together? Only a writer such as Penny Vincenzi can create the scene, create the numerous antagonists, create the nay-sayers, create the mystery, create the drama, create the heroine etc. all under one cover!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Trillium ☂

    What a brick of a book. But a fun read, all the same. The Farrell family are in trouble. For half a century they had been a leading contender in the world of cosmetics. Unfortunately, they are starting to show their age, and failing to keep up with the times. Their company is hemorrhaging money and if they don't do something drastic quick, they are going to have to close. Enter in Bianca Bailey. A very successful driven CEO, famous for saving many companies from the brink of Bankruptcy. This What a brick of a book. But a fun read, all the same. The Farrell family are in trouble. For half a century they had been a leading contender in the world of cosmetics. Unfortunately, they are starting to show their age, and failing to keep up with the times. Their company is hemorrhaging money and if they don't do something drastic quick, they are going to have to close. Enter in Bianca Bailey. A very successful driven CEO, famous for saving many companies from the brink of Bankruptcy. This would be her most intense challenge yet, but that only makes the job more appealing. However, when she turns up for her first day at work, excited to meet the woman behind the Farrell dynasty, she is surprised to find so much push back. The story is told under multiple POV's mainly, but not limited to, the people who work for Farrells. This book is chalk full of all the soap opera dramatics: power struggles, sordid romantic affairs, backstabbing, plotting and scheming and undermining. This tome might be well over 700 pages, but I would never accuse this book of being boring. Just when you think that a problem would solve itself, two more would suddenly present itself. The only real criticism I had for this book was the writing was really repetitious. Actual sentences would be said over and over again, and same with observations and dialogue. It got a bit tedious, and really would have benefited from some good editing. The book really didn't need to be as long as it did to have enough of an impact. Everything wrapped up really nice and smoothly, but I don't think I really mind that all that much, it is clear from this type of book that that is what needed to happen. This was my first Vincenzi book, and I could definable see myself picking up another soon. 2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge #40 - Your Favourite Prompt from a Past Pop Sugar Challenge --> 2017, #40 - A Book You Got From a Used Book Sale

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheila O'Flanagan

    It's quite a while since I read one of Penny's books - maybe because they're such big doorstoppers that it's sometimes hard to find the time! This one is 750 pages but I haven't had as fun a read in a long time. It's about a fading costmetic company which is being taken over and relaunched and it has a huge cast of characters - matriarchs, venture capitalists, bullies, models... as well as family secrets, last minute panics, divorces, betrayals - oh, all sorts! And even when some of the plot It's quite a while since I read one of Penny's books - maybe because they're such big doorstoppers that it's sometimes hard to find the time! This one is 750 pages but I haven't had as fun a read in a long time. It's about a fading costmetic company which is being taken over and relaunched and it has a huge cast of characters - matriarchs, venture capitalists, bullies, models... as well as family secrets, last minute panics, divorces, betrayals - oh, all sorts! And even when some of the plot gets a bit wobbly there's usually a great moment to bring it back together again. As it's a Penny Vincenzi book things generally turn out right in the end, but feeling that this would probably be the case didn't stop me from turning the pages to make sure it was!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    At 65% : So, so demoralizing! Everything seems to be going wrong for everyone! One disaster after another. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's feeling down! Finished! And I have to say that the last 200 pages were really great! But the reader has to toil through the first 600 pages, as they're really quite frustrating. But don't let that discourage you, because it's worth it in the end. Penny Vincenzi really does have a gift for telling a good story and, especially, for getting the tone just At 65% : So, so demoralizing! Everything seems to be going wrong for everyone! One disaster after another. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's feeling down! Finished! And I have to say that the last 200 pages were really great! But the reader has to toil through the first 600 pages, as they're really quite frustrating. But don't let that discourage you, because it's worth it in the end. Penny Vincenzi really does have a gift for telling a good story and, especially, for getting the tone just right in her characters' dialogues.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Greenberg

    Good for its type - big fat saga - but too many happily ever afters for me to deal with at the moment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meinwen

    I so enjoy her books and wasn't disappointed.

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