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Into Temptation (The Spoils of Time #3)

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Into Temptation, the third book of the Lytton family trilogy, shifts the focus to New York City and Barty Miller. Rescued from the slums as a baby by Celia Lytton and now living in New York, Barty heads more than half of the Lytton publishing house. Falling on bad times, the family is worried that Barty will make a business decision that would be devastating to them. But w ...more
Kindle Edition, 655 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sammy
Mar 16, 2008 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-the-best
By far the best of the trilogy, in my opinion (obviously). Once again your favorite characters return (the living ones at least) and the Lytton family drama is in full force. The books seem to focus specifically on three distinct generations while keeping the other ones fresh on the surface and not letting them get too far away. No Angel of course focused on the original Lyttons in their prime such as Oliver, Sebastian, LM and of course Celia. Then Something Dangerous added a little more focus o ...more
Charity
Jul 20, 2015 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waaaaaaaaah! I can't believe I've finished The Spoils of Time Trilogy. I have loved every minute I've spent getting to know the Lytton family. Knowing this was the last book in the trilogy, I tried my best to savor each page, but the story was far too compelling and I flew through it. Before I knew it, I was at the end. The end. No more Lyttons. Waaaaah! Well, it was phenomenal while it lasted. I will miss curling up with these bulky tomes. This saga is an instant favorite. I hope to revisit the ...more
Becky
May 10, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2010
The third and final book in the Lytton Family Trilogy. Penny VIncenzi finished with a bang and I enjoyed every page to the end of this book. I was a little surprised at how she finished up some loose ends and left some still hanging, but all in all, an excellent trilogy. I would highly recommend it for some light, but worthwhile, summer reading.

This book continues on with the Lyttons who have moved to New York, the Lyttons who have stayed behind in London, and the one's who are floating between
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Hsiau Wei
This is a very thick book to read and from ebook, it contained 720 pages and took me more than a week to read. First of all, i like Penny's writing. Her books are about family saga; filled with love, heartache, sadness, conflicts and betrayal and it is interesting to read. And this book contained all the emotion rolled into one.

This book is the 3rd book of The Spoilts of TIme and is a continuation of Lytton Family saga. The announcement of Celia to retire and to remarried marked the start of the
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Rachel
Nov 10, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often, my love for a book or series becomes evangelical. I blither on about them to friends, analyze plot twists to anyone who will listen, and try with great zeal to recruit everyone I know to read them with me. This trilogy certainly inspired such behavior. Given the many characters and plot lines that spanned three volumes, these books definitely reward fast reading. That would be my only advice to incoming readers: let them consume you! I was concerned this third installment would b ...more
Graceann
Jun 14, 2014 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into Temptation continues a few years after Something Dangerous leaves off. Celia is still with us, and she makes a surprising (though, by her standards, reasonable) decision. I thought that No Angel was going to be my favorite of the three, but I think that Into Temptation just edges it out.

This book seems to concentrate on the next and third generation of Lyttons and their various spouses and friends. Barty continues to be fascinating, and gets into some situations that are well written and i
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Melissa
Jun 28, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I read 3-600+ page novels over the past few weeks...that is quite a bit of lost sleep. This is the final installment and it was just as full of excitement, twists, and turns as the other 2 books. I would love to hear that the author decided to continue the story with a 4th installment with the "grandchildren's" lives.

""The Lytton family past is full of secrets. Only one person knows them all and that is Lady Celia Lytton, the family matriarch. Some are more dangerous than others,
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Kelly
Jun 03, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read. Fun and frivolous, but not stupid. The story of the Lytton family of England moves into the middle part of the 20th century by the time you get to the last book of the trilogy. The story goes more into the lives of the next generations, but all the while keeping a tie to the earlier generations introduced way back in the first book. The characters you first met as children are all grown up, have children and grandchildren of their own, and each is given their own drama.

I some
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Rula
Jun 24, 2014 Rula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book really impressed me because the characters are so wonderfully written and beautifully characterised. Packed with romance, trust, passion and a bit of betrayal. I think Into Temptation is actually my favourite book because it's very romantic, quite funny, and very stylised. It's basically set in London and New York, it's really wonderful. Penny has a way of doing a lot of research and she really cares about the plot.



My favourite characters are Barty, Jenna, Charlie and Cathy because the
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Chanda
Mar 08, 2011 Chanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sorry this is over for me! I came to love the characters in this trilogy very much. The third and final volume in The Spoils of Time ties things up very nicely- but not too nicely! Lady Celia is fully redeemed and is a character to be greatly admired. There were a few things that left me wondering but there is sufficient information to allow me to draw my own conclusions about the fate of the second and third generation of Lytton's. Maybe I'll get really lucky and there will someday be a ...more
Hsiau Wei
This is a very thick book to read and from ebook, it contained 720 pages and took me more than a week to read. First of all, i like Penny's writing. Her books are about family saga; filled with love, heartache, sadness, conflicts and betrayal and it is interesting to read. And this book contained all the emotion rolled into one.

This book is the 3rd book of The Spoilts of TIme and is a continuation of Lytton Family saga. The announcement of Celia to retire and to remarried marked the start of the
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Rachel Piper
Sad to see this book and the trilogy end. The Lyttons were such a great family, especially Celia and Barty.

It was sad to see some characters fade into the background, or become rather lame (Giles!) as the fictional years progressed. Really there could be like 10 spinoffs from this book. I enjoyed Izzie, though it seems she might need some counseling, and thought her relationship with Nick was very sweet. Elspeth and Keir I wasn't quite so moved by. He was an ass and Elspeth seems to entirely squ
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Maxine
Jan 25, 2013 Maxine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first two books of Penny Vincenzi's trilogy about the Lytton family, so I was eager to read this third and last one.

As usual, the characters are vivid, flawed, troubled, and very human. If you've read this trilogy, you've come to know to the Lytton family and those close to them and all of their secrets. "Into Temptation" does not disappoint, except in the sense that the story is brought to a close, the original characters are elderly or dead, and the newer characters seem slightly
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Tkeller
Sep 17, 2013 Tkeller rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've not written a comment on the first two books in the trilogy - other reviewers eloquently said what I thought: The first one was the best, and sucked me in; second one less so, and I'd never wanted a character to die so much (James); and now this one. I was about 100 pages in when I realized why I was so annoyed -- it felt like the exact same stories as the other two: inappropriate relationships, men who are jerks, women who are spoiled, unexpected pregnancies, financial crises, etc etc...
I
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Lezley
Jan 24, 2015 Lezley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-books
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. A good story, interesting characters and well thought out plot. Great summer read!
Sarah
Aug 11, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e, historical-fiction
What a wonderful end to the trilogy! I was getting a bit fed up with it during the first half - too many illicit affairs, it was becoming "romantic suspense" and not at all "historic fiction" - but the second half was much more enthralling, and I could scarcely put it down until all those loose ends had been tied up. I shall miss Lady Celia...!
Brittany Johnson
Sep 08, 2015 Brittany Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For an extended review of this book and more, please visit http://fortheloveoftheread.blogspot.com

The blurb for this book makes it sound as if Barty is the central character, but as with all of Vincenzi's other books, there's really no such thing. This book does jump into the fact that Barty now holds a considerable amount of Lyttons in the palm of her hand, and she now has boatloads of money, thanks to her secret marriage to Lawrence. This plays a role in her developing relationship with Charli
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Rachel
Nov 11, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Smith
I feel like it's taken me quite a long time to work through all 3 books in Penny Vincenzi's Spoils of Time trilogy, and I think on each occassion I've found my way back to the story of the Lytton family and their publishing business I've found myself able to engage very easily with the characters and their stories again.

This third and final book in the trilogy, Into Temptation, was a real mammoth book to work through at a hefty 700 plus pages it was always going to be one you needed to commit t
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Michelle
Sep 26, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Spoils of Time series takes place after WWII. Barty is New York with her daughter and is now in charge of the New York office of Lytton's.
Circumstances lead her into a marriage that turns out to be a poor decision. With a husband and stepdaughter, both of whom are more interested in prestige and money, Barty struggles to keep her daughter Jenna well balanced. In England, Lytton's is struggling, and everyone is shocked both by Celia's remarriage and her intention to step dow
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Jacqueline
Sep 27, 2011 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly put this book back down after about thirty pages, trying to keep up with the characters was frustrating me so much that i couldnt deal with it anymore...but because ive never done that i soldiered on and im really glad i did, once i got to grips with everything this book was one of the best books ive read in ages,i read it all in record time for such a huge book but i couldnt put it down!
i wish that i had started with number one in the trilogy now,because im sure they are just as explos
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Elizabeth
Jun 17, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lytton family is full of secrets and only Lady Celia knows them all. There is her daughter Adele's difficult and dark past, the dreadful cruelty of a trust her son Kit had to confront, even the shadows of Celia's own life and that of Barty Miller, the child she rescued from the slums as a baby and who in the end owns more than half of the Lytton publishing company.
Some secrets are more dangerous than others, some shared with Celia's family, some entirely her own. All absolutely safe in her k
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Amy  Adelseck
Feb 04, 2010 Amy Adelseck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I can't believe that the Lytton Family Trilogy is over. I wish that it would keep going. Vincenzi is a wonderful writer. I loved how she tells a story. She is very creative. Her choice of words and style set her apart from other authors.
The story goes through three generations of the Lytton Family. The development of each character was brilliantly done. I felt like I knew the family personally. I look forward to reading more books by Vincenzi. Her titles would easy turn someone away. The
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Miriam
Apr 06, 2014 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this trilogy. each starts a bit slowly, but the three are worth persevering! the time period, the details, the characters, the intrigue are just wonderful.
Beth
Apr 23, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the 3 book in this trilogy in a row. Let me state first that I love generational stories tied in with historical fiction. I absolutely loved these 3 books. Given that each one is around 700 pages long, you may not want to tackle them in a row as I did, but it's a great way to not forget details from one book to the next. Set in Britain during the same time period as Downton Abbey (which I also adore), this series focuses on the world of publishing set against the history of the time pe ...more
Sarita
Apr 15, 2016 Sarita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable wind up to a fun, interesting read thru several generations of a large extended, blended family. Great escape.
ann
Dec 28, 2014 ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this trilogy many years ago and absolutely loved it, am considering a re-read which I rarely do, highly recommended
Ann Boytim
Nov 09, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series and one of many different turns and twists in the publishing business. This was a very good series and even though a couple of the characters died off it had some great story lines. Some characters really came into their own.
corpho
Aug 20, 2012 corpho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprising myself by giving it four stars, especially when I consider it to be more on the "fluffy" side. However, I think Penny Vincenzi is a skilled writer, with very few wasted lines in such a massive book. You know the tension is being ratcheted up when she goes into lots-of-little-paragraphs mode, switching furiously back and forth between characters and situations. You're never lost, though, and you just want to keep reading a little more -- no, just a little more -- before you set it ...more
Linda Wells
Jan 11, 2014 Linda Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best trilogies I have read. After reading the first bookI could not wait until the next one came out. It was a series I did not want to end! I met Penny Vincenzi and told her that I loved these books and she said that people have asked her to carry on the series but I don't think she should as it may spoil or dilute the story.
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