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Into Temptation (The Spoils of Time #3)

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Kindle Edition, 655 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sammy
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
Becky
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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Lezley
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. A good story, interesting characters and well thought out plot. Great summer read!
Sarah
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...!
Rachel
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Michelle
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
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
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
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
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
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
ann
I read this trilogy many years ago and absolutely loved it, am considering a re-read which I rarely do, highly recommended
Ann Boytim
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
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
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.
Robin Nicholas
Ok, I am finally finished with the third book of the trilogy. Meaning I have now read 2100 pages about the Lytton family. While it was enjoyable, it was not up to the standard of the first two in the series. I have to admit that reading the two last books back to back might have been too much...and had I given myself a break before jumping into this book I might have enjoyed it more. However, I just don't feel like it really lived up to the quality of the first two. There was not as much researc ...more
Erin
Not bad books, but man was that trilogy ever long. It took me the entire summer.
Peri Schacknow
I was vacillating between three and four stars for this book, but decided to go with four when I realized how much I looked forward to picking it up and how difficult it was to put down. What's better than that?

In all, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Lyttons and their friends. It's been a long time since I read a sweeping family saga such as this one, and think the quality of the writing helped elevate it above a "guilty pleasure".

Wonder if we could convince Penny Vincenzi to write a c
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Melissa
I'm giving this book (and the trilogy, really) 4 stars not because the writing is so poetic or flawless, but because all the three of the books do what I love reading to do - they SUCKED me in! The only reason it took me so long to read all three of them was because we moved houses in the middle. Vincenzi created a world that spanned five decades and interweaved England's history of the time into each setting. There isn't a whole lot better for me than to read a book (or three...) that makes me ...more
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