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Sheer Abandon

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,609 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A number-one bestseller from one of Britain�s most popular novelists, Sheer Abandon is an all-consuming story revolving around the consequences of a desperate act . . .

Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Tha...more
Paperback, 638 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Anchor (first published 2003)
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Jul 25, 2008 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one
Why I didn't really like this book...

1. It could and should have been 300 pages. Instead, it dragged on for 627.

2. The author gives away important information early on in the book. Unless you are quite slow, you are going to know who the Mother and he Father of the abandoned baby are and you will be waiting rather impatiently for like 400 pages while the rest of the characters figure out what you already know.

3. I didn't like the writing style. The author jumps from character to character rathe...more
Jessica Chambers
Sex, politics and a devastating secret … Penny combines these elements with the search of a sixteen-year-old girl for her birth mother, resulting in a novel that is both intoxicating and deeply moving. This is the story of three very different women—prickly, independent Martha, impulsive, fun-loving Jocasta and sweet, self-effacing Clio—who meet by chance at eighteen as they’re about to embark on several months travelling, and how, seventeen years later, their paths cross under extraordinary cir...more
Simply amazing. The whole book was just one huge adventure, never quite sure of what was next. It was truly a heartfelt book, with human flaws so clearly decipted, but instead of feeling horrified, you cannot help but feel pity and love for them. Instead of wanting to strike out at them, I just wanted to protect them with a hug, telling them that it all will be okay. Especially Kate.

I loved this book, and it was definitely not what I expected. Not by far, and frankly that's a good thing. Sometim...more
Two people who make life worth living: Nette and Penny Vincenzi. The former introduced me to the latter, and thank God, because a beach isn't a beach unless you're sitting on it with a deliriously trashy PV tome in hand.
Alyson Coffman
This was an excellent book! It took me a little time to get into it, but after the first bit I couldn't put it down. There are quite a few characters, and I admit I was referencing the character list at the begining of the book. But, Vincenzi brought all of the characters to life. The plot twists were great and usually unexpected. I really liked her overall approach and the way it as written, especially how the reader knew a baby was abandoned, but it was unclear which character had abandoned th...more
Kathy Meyer
This novel was more difficult for me to get into (I probably would have given this a 2.5 star rating if possible). It could have been the political arena that it was based in as I have no interest in politics. The characters were difficult to grasp at first but once I figured out everyone's role in the story then I had begun to 'enjoy' it more. When he big secret is revealed (I was able to figure it out before hand), I began to wonder how the author would tie it all together for the ending. I wa...more
Jul 29, 2008 Bianca rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: someone with A LOT of time on their hands, perhaps someone in solitary confinement
Recommended to Bianca by: no one
This book should be retitled "The Never Ending Story"! Holy lord I thought it would never end. It wasn't necessarily BAD but it may have been a lot better as a movie. Lord knows it was long enough to be the actual script. In an approximately 620 page book, I didn't get into the story or anything that seemed fun to read until about page 420!!! Even the ending was disappointing. If I'm gonna read a book this long I want the ending to be wrapped up in a pretty little happy ending bow. No such luck....more
A long read for what amounts to not too much plot. It seemed like the twists and turns were there often just to provide more reading hours and prevent you from getting the answers the main mystery which was laid out in the first few pages. You, the reader, put the clues together very early and then it's just a frustrating wait to find out how the characters unfold the truth you've known for pages. After 600+ pages, you'd think the ending would be a bit more realistic, but then again, it is just...more
Silvéria Miranda

O problema deste livro é precisamente o tamanho do mesmo… A história contada podia ter sido resumida em 50%, o que tornaria o livro mais interessante e com mais acção. Tudo demora imenso a acontecer, desde a descrição das personagens até ao momento em que elas se reencontram. Não era, claramente, um livro para ser escrito em tantas páginas. A história não dava para tanto!

Basicamente, este (enorme) livro conta a história de três mulheres que tinham viajado...more
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Overall this was an okay book. But it was much too long. At around page 150 you can easily guess who the mother and father are. Unfortunately, I just didn't care after that and that made for a very long read.
I had high hopes for this book. I really enjoyed the author's Lytton family trilogy. I found most of the characters in this book both unbelievable and unlikeable and the plot was disappointingly predictable.
Tom Scanlan
there's coincidence and then there' contrivence.... then you can foresee whats coming next.this is definitely a romantic novel . way too much fluff for my taste.
The never ending book ... the pages surely could have been cut in half and nothing would have been lost from the book!
Mom Taxi Julie
I'm putting this on my "read" shelf since I don't have a "it was too boring and I couldn't stand it so I gave up shelf"
This is a very long book and I stuck it to the end, expecting a very large twist .. there wasn't one.
The characters, while well thought out were ones I found hard to relate to or even to like. The story was just mulling along and never really evoked much emotion from me at all. I wouldn't recommend reading this book. If you want romance, intrigue, plot and a twist at the end - read a susan lewis book. You can't go wrong with them, unlike this little bad egg that took me a whole 4 weeks to finish...more
First, this is a "really" big book, because it has a lot of territory to cover. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely look for her others. It is about three young girls who first meet in an airport as they are getting ready to begin their world travels. Their friendship last for three days in Bangkok before they go their individual ways but promise when they go back home in 1 year they will get together again. Fifteen years later their paths start to cross again....more
Cruel Abandono começa o seu enredo em 1986, quando uma jovem mulher chega ao aeroporto de Heathrow vinda de Banguecoque e dá à luz numa arrecadação, abandonando lá o bebé. Sabemos também que, no ano anterior, três jovens - Jocasta, Martha e Clio - tinham partido numa aventura pela Tailândia, pelo que o mistério relativamente à identidade da mãe é o motor que conduz a história, de volta ao presente.

Ao longo das páginas deste livro, vamos acompanhando a vida e a história destas três mulheres: as s...more
Was really looking forward to reading this book since I have enjoyed several other Penny Vincenzi novels such as No Angel, Something Dangerous and Into Temptation, unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much!! The first 250 or so pages I had to force myself to keep reading, and reminding myself that the story was about a baby abandoned at birth in an airport. The only chapters that were any where near enjoyable for me were the ones that were actually about Kate who was the abandoned ba...more
Julie Haigh
Sep 07, 2013 Julie Haigh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Julie by: Read loads of Penny's books already

I have seen a lot of negative reviews of this novel and felt I just had to review it to redress the balance. I have read every Penny Vincenzi book right from her brilliant first novel OLD SINS and this book did not disappoint either. I have recently read a few books that didn't seem up to my normal standard and become a bit bored and so I really needed something good to get my teeth into. I bought this book and, as I usually do just before I start a bo...more
Overly long story about 3 posh English girls who meet on the first day of their gap year. One of them comes back pregnant and abandons the baby in the airport. 16 years later they are all successful in their chosen fields, and their paths cross again when the now teenage girl decides to start looking for her mother.
There were lots of clues as to who the mother and father were, and so when these are revealed this was no great surprise, but then the story moved on and actually got more interesting...more
Finally, I finished this book! Quite the soap-opera, roller-coaster. This story had a bit of everything thrown in, some of which I cared nothing about; probably because it had to do with the politics of British government. Still, I liked how there was quite a bit of substance to this family saga. I would have ended the story differently, but the ending left the reader with things to think about.
I wondered a lot about Martha's parents. To my mind, the book still ended with secrets and I wondered...more
I gave this 2 stars not because it had 600+ pages (I love diving into epic stories); not because the characters gave me no real reason to identify with them in any way (shallow, under-developed wimpy female characters - the only one with any balls being teenage Kate); nor because the plot was handed to me on a platter in the first chapter (should have quit while I was ahead)...

I generally like Penny Vincenzi's novels as beach or vacation reads, or just fun escapes once in a while, but this was...more
This author was fond of jumping back and forth from the past the to present at the beginning of the book, so that I was hoping that the issue of which of the three friends was the birth mother wouldn’t drag on the entire book (it didn’t). I know that fictional characters don’t have to be ultra-realistic, but sometimes these women seemed a little too cartoonish – the flightly one was so overly impulsive that she made ridiculous choices and then had no consequences for anything, and carful workaho...more
I throughly enjoyed this novel. I came upon Penny accidently last summer, started reading one of her novels and BAM! I was addicted.

This book had everything, romance, drama, humour and danger. Her charcters are the type you HAVE to be sympthetic to, apart from one or two. On my days off I'd get up extra early and read.....I simply had to force myself to put the novel down.

At one point I was actually reading and screaming at a particular charcater....they did something which annoyed me and I was...more
May 16, 2011 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of big, thick, juicy trashy books
Recommended to Alice by: I found it free on the street
Shelves: chicklit
A big, juicy women's blockbuster in the tradition of Judith Krantz or Lisa Jewell. I have a huge soft spot for books like this, with a zillion characters and plotlines and births, deaths, marriages, et. cetera. This isn't as glamorous as the Krantzes that I read by the bucketload in college, and it's not as sexy as Jilly Cooper, but neither is it maudlin and suburban like Jodi Picoult. If you're looking for a good beach read, this is definitely it. I'll be working my way through Vincenzi's consi...more
Erin Prodgers
I would recommend this book! It has a lot going on, which I enjoy. It gives you life changing scenarios at every sit (presuming you take your time). It takes a while to get into, maybe that's because I'm under the age of the target audience or maybe it's because it's a slow start. None the less this book was very well written. The ending left a few open questions. It was wrapped up well and would be far too long if it didn't end where it did. I liked this book because almost all of the character...more
Holy mother of Moses, this book was too long. As I'm sure most people did, I figured out Kate's parentage in the first few chapters and spent the rest of the book feeling thoroughly annoyed at the fact that the author insults the intelligence of her readers by acting as though her plot isn't terribly transparent for another 500 pages.

I give this book more than just one star because I did appreciate her skills at developing characters that readers can identify with.

Other than that, don't waste yo...more
A deep, engaging read that is typical of Vincenzi's tomes. This story follows three women - Jocasta, Martha, and Clio - as they are somewhat friends who initially met while backpacking after high school. Their paths cross some 20 years later after Jocasta is now a high-powered newspaper writer, Martha a well-respected attorney, and Clio a physician.

One of the women abandoned a baby in an airport after her backpacking journey was over. Exactly who is revealed in time, along with a shocking plot...more
Can't give this book anything but full marks! This is the third Vincenzi book I've read and loved. Her books are like massive doses of clever chick lit. Reading this book is like having a nice soak in the bath at the end of a long day. There are so many plots and side plots but you have no trouble keeping everything together and remembering the characters. I guessed who the mother and father of the abandoned baby were before the people in the book did. I won't say why but keep the tissues close...more
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