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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Crossing decades and continents, Sparkles is the totally compelling story of the Massot family. Fabulously wealthy, internationally adored, the Massots own one of the last great aristocratic jewellery firms in Paris.
Paperback, 599 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I've read some reviews here, and have to disagree with most of them. I found this book a thrilling, emotional ride. I was iffy at first about the story, but I absolutly loved it. It is very descriptive, but I find that it adds to the atmosphere that Bagshawe has created. I found myself feeling everything the characters did, which is what I consider the mark of a good book. It made me smile, I honestly found myself grinning like a fool at some parts. I can see how some people would dislike this b ...more
Louise Bagshawe’s books are excellent to relax with – they have a good pace, always with some twists. This one is no different – a strong principled woman character in Sophie Massot, mystery, and other scheming characters.

The story is about the Massot family who own a large jewellery chain in France. The owner, Pierre has disappeared and it has been 7 years. His wife, Sophie Massot, decides to move on and declares her husband dead, effectively taking over the company till her son now studying at
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Loved this as much as the first time round. Very enjoyable. Loved Sophie the whole way through. I think the twist is very good tho I knew it was coming this time round but it totally got me the first time I read it! It says that Louise Bagshawe has some of her books turned into movies! I think I'm going to have to look them up :) I brought this book by accident. I was ment to buy a book by Tilly Bagshawe but got confushed with the names and got this one instead and I'm glad I did :) ...more
Jason Dumbrell
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book any self respecting bloke would pick up but when laid up after a motorbike accident and the only book within reach........
Well worth the read. With a different title and cover it would be enjoyed by a wider audience.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was long! I know why but man, it seems like some of it could have been cut down and the story would have stayed in tact. The ending was predictable but the lead up was pretty good. I'll keep reading these because I enjoy the characters and how in depth their worlds are. ...more
Toby Welch
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louise Bagshawe always rocks!!
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great chick lit. Enjoyable characters and setting in glorious Paris.
May 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people looking for practice editing others' work
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Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Louise Bagshawe book and won't be my last. It was a gripping read with characters that were full of substance and you could really root for. I also enjoyed the twists the author built in which were genious. ...more
La Petite Américaine
May 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: meh ... stupid people? :)
Shelves: frenchie_stuff
So I picked this up in America because I wanted to read about Europe (France, in particular) while I was there. What can I say? Euro-trash soap opera sums it up nicely. This is yet another 500-pager that left me wondering why it wasn't cut down to a nice, clean 250 pages. Cut out the numerous food descriptions, the over-done, unnecessary, and dry descriptions of the character's clothes and jewels, and you're halfway there.

The first 200 pages were dull, but I kept reading for the simple reason
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit
Wow - I am absolutely amazed at how much I enjoyed this book, as I usually shy away from 'chic-lit'. But this has an amazing twist towards the end that actually made me gasp aloud.

It's the story of the Massot family. Pierre Massot, entrepenaurial jeweller, disappears, leaving a wife and child behind. Seven years later, Sophie Massot declares him dead and takes an interest in the firm, finding out that not everything is as right as it should be. Fighting the unwanted attentions of the stand-in Di
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book. I was given this book to read by my sister, but it's not my usual genre as I am more into trashy romance novels. But this book surprised me. It was a bit heavy on the descriptions, especially for someone who doesn't know what a Chanel suit looks like, or the names or colors of precious gems, or what the complex food dishes were. However, this did not ruin the book for me. I actually thought the book had a great plot line, and it completely shocked me in the end, b ...more
Goddess Of Blah
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


As bad as her career as a Tory MP.

Generally at tall dark handsome cliché of a hero. Everyone other woman is a baddie. And she's the elegant beauty. Snore
Jess The Bookworm
3 and a half stars.

I needed something fluffy and feel-good, and this book gave me that.

Sophie Massot's husband, the owner of a big time Paris jewelry empire, goes missing mysteriously. 7 years later, Sophie, the once compliant and timid housewife, must forge her own life path, both in love and in business.

The book is full of glamour and glitz, which was fun. There was a good twist at the end, which did take me by surprise.

If you feel like a good light read for holiday purposes, then this is the
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book interested me because of the whole jewelry and gem stone side to it. Once I pick up a book, unless it's totally awful, I usually finish it even if I'm not all that thrilled with it. This is one of those not so thrilled but had to finish books. It was typical and predictable. ...more
Rachael Hewison
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was a 2/5 for the first half of the book. I thought the writing was terrible and the characters were 1 dimensional and so unrealistic. I felt no attachment to any of them and had no interest in where the plot was going. I also got frustrated at how much detail went into what people were wearing and what they were eating. You could strip out about 50 pages if all of that was left out.

About 2/3 through the book I found that I did actually want to pick up the book and find out what was g
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow a must read i couldn't put it down a real page turner, there are some really good twists in this book and loved all the characters, as I was reading it I was there, brilliant i really recommend . my Husband has been reading this along side me on Audio we have been racing against each other he has enjoy it as much as me but has had problems with his reader device so i beat him but he said if it breaks down i am going to have to download as he has to know what happens, now that has to tell you ...more
3.5 stars - This book was a fun romp written in a style similar to Judith Krantz. The characters were all moderately dislikable, but the descriptions of the jewels and clothes and Paris were divine. The secondary characters were lovely, and I could have read a lot more about them. There was an easy-to-see twist and predictable ending, but still a satisfying book.
Michelle Hammond
What a journey this book is. Very easy to follow & it gains pace as it goes. I found the pace rapidly increases as you read. I had worked out "the twist" (best way I can think to put it without giving anything away) just after 2/3rds of the way through & was shocked when I was proven correct. This is a brilliant read you really won't want to put it down. Totally recommend this book. ...more
CC Santana
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an incredibly book. Surprise after surprise. There were moments when the story dragged but then you turned the page and found a new twist. This is the book you want to travel with. I could hardly put it down.
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this book sitting around for a while and kept putting it off as I thought it would just be fluff. I was surprised to find this an enjoyable family saga set in France. Intrigue, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tina Surch
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book!
I couldn’t put it down once I actually started it but it was also ridiculous at times and all a bit much, with a lot going on but even the plot twists were predictable.
Sorcha Ní Dhuineacháin
Light and fluffy, an easy read even though it's long at 600 pages.

The characters are paper-thin, and the descriptions of people's outfits are usually in too much detail, but there are a few interesting twists and turns to keep the reader going.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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June Jones
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while to get into it, the random chapters in the latter part of the book threw me, but explained itself towards the end, a great read.
Emily Mee
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites. Love this book, highly recommend
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite trashy reads. Always a good page-turner
Heather Bishop
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely love this book. Romance, adventure, mystery. Everything you could ask for in a book. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun beach read. I passed it on after reading it once, and now I'm looking for another copy. I want to read it again! ...more
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Louise Daphne Bagshawe was born on 28 June 1971 in England, UK. She attended local all-girls Catholic schools near her family home in Surrey, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, she worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, her passion for writing was realised with ...more

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