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Sheer Abandon

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,066 Ratings  ·  220 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 Thail
ebook, 496 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Anchor (first published 2003)
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Jul 25, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 24, 2007 Dru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Jess Chambers
Feb 21, 2011 Jess Chambers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2008 Bianca rated it it was ok  ·  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
Aug 10, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2015
I enjoyed this book and first time read by this author, but I thought even the storyline outlined in the jacket cover it would be a little more intense. Maybe it was the British reserve of the author.

After a gap year trip, one of the three main characters (Jocosta, Clio and Martha) gives birth in the London airport to a baby named Bianca. Sixteen years later the three meet again by chance and the beautiful young woman is searching out her birth mother. All have careers and liaisons of some sort.
Jul 11, 2010 eb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 08, 2009 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mom Taxi Julie
Nov 17, 2008 Mom Taxi Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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"
Alyson Coffman
Jun 16, 2010 Alyson Coffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2011 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Liston
Apr 01, 2015 Susan Liston rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Oh dear. I enjoyed the other book of Penny's I read, soap opera for sure, but fun. This is good exercise for the eyes to roll them and I did plenty of that. But cliches here there and everywhere, I predicted just about everything that happened. With one exception, I was surprised when a character bites the dust, but that just sent us off on a different totally predictable road. (surprised but not sorry, if only she had killed off more of them the book would have been mercifully sh ...more
Apr 23, 2009 Stina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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Sep 12, 2014 Chanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Penny Vincenzi's Spoils of Time trilogy so I was excited to begin another of her novels. I can't decide if I would have been better off to read this one before the trilogy or if I would have skipped Spoils of Time if I read this one first...

Sheer Abandon is mostly engaging and enjoyable but it was nowhere near as entrancing as the Spoils of Time for me so I was slightly let down. The story really picks up through the middle after a slow start but it seems to drag at the end. I
Sep 09, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel a little lame giving this 5 stars, but hey, that's how much I enjoyed it. Except for the too-frequent use of the F word. AND she wrapped up the ending too fast! I wanted more! Way more. It's a long book, 22 CDs, so I didn't feel right that after listening through 21 CDs, that she wraps it all up in one. Boo. (But I'm not complaining about 22 CDs, I enjoyed them all!) It's light reading for women. Just an interesting story about a woman who abandons her baby in Heathrow airport and spends ...more
This story of Sheer Abandon had me in tears. One thing for sure about Penny is when she writes a book she does give vaule for money by giving a story of plenty of pages to read. I have read lots of Penny Vincenzi books.
May 29, 2014 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am generally a fan of Ms. Vincenzi's work: there are few things I enjoy more than settling down with one of her hefty books. Sure, they can be soapy in style, but I like her dramatic plots and attention to detail.

This book.. Vincenzi fans will NOT be disappointed. It is as thick as ever (a part of me wishes I had saved it for summer) and follows her tried and tested formula. I found the characters in this book pretty much likeable (with some special mentions for Ed and Nat) and really felt for
Sep 13, 2009 Karla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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.
This is the first time I have read any of Penny Vincenzi's novels and was looking forward to it since I have read some very positive reviews. I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, a story full of turns. Since I am an American, some of the Brit way of talking or expressing slowed me down but the hardest part of getting through the story were so many characters! Trying to keep them straight was boggling and slowed a flow of going along with the story. I had the feeli ...more
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.
Feb 21, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The never ending book ... the pages surely could have been cut in half and nothing would have been lost from the book!
I am quite relieved to have finished reading this book.

It is HUGE (720 pages). I just kept reading and reading and reading.

I don't feel as if I learned anything from this book. I don't feel as if it has uplifted or inspired me in any way. However, I couldn't put the dang thing down. Whenever I picked it up, I knew I was going to be reading until I literally could no longer keep my eyes open.

I can't explain why I couldn't put it down. There were many things I didn't much like about this book. The
Apr 03, 2014 Moodycat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 02, 2013 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Πάνος Τουρλής
Εμένα μου θύμισε τη μίνι σειρά Lace (Σκοτεινή δαντέλα) (βλ. εδώ σαν περίληψη αλλά και ότι η μια είναι δημοσιογράφος στο επάγγελμα κι η άλλη πλούσια. Πάντως καμιά άλλη ομοιότητα. Η συγγραφέας βαδίζει σε δικά της μονοπάτια και δίνει ένα δυνατό συναισθηματικό μυθιστόρημα, με όμορφη πλοκή. Κάπου κάπου ένιωθα να διαβάζω Άρλεκιν αλλά μπορώ να το χαρακτηρίσω αξιοπρεπές. Μου άρεσε πολύ και το τέλος λυτρωτικό.

Στα ελληνικά από Bell το 2006 (Ένοχο μυστικό).
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