Monday, August 24, 2009
130 - Sheer Abandon; Penny Vincenzi
Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985. Strangers to each other, but each off on a backpacking adventure, they decide to spend the first few days of their trip together in Thailand. They then go their separate ways, but promise to get together in London the following year, but that never happens. It is many many years before the three meet again. Now when they meet, they are all responsible career women.
One of them harbors a terrible secret. On her return from her pre-college adventure, when the three first met, one of them gave birth to a baby girl in the closet of the airport at Heathrow. The infant now a beautiful teenager is named Kate and has grown up in a loving home with her adoptive family. Kate, she sets out to find her birth mother, and as a result the three women are together again under not so pleasant circumstances. The mystery of which of the women gave birth to Kate is revealed, as well as who her father is.
While reading Sheer Abandon, I listened to the audio as well as read the print copy. This book was 600++ pages. I was hooked right from the beginning, but the story did get bogged down a bit in the middle, and by the end, I had the following thoughts: I'm glad I read this one, but it could have been done just as well with about 200 fewer pages.
If you have not read anything by Penny Vincenzi (she's new for me), give this book a try.
RATING - 4/5 stars - Completed - 8/23/09 - Library