No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

February 14, 2010 Whitney Review 1 Comment

No Angel by Penny VincenziNo Angel by Penny Vincenzi
Series: The Spoils of Time #1
Published by The Overlook Press on October 5, 2004
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Bought

No Angel is an irresistibly sweeping saga of power, family politics, and passion-a riveting drama and a fervent love story. Celia Lytton is the beautiful and strong-willed daughter of wealthy aristocrats and she is used to getting her way. She moves through life making difficult and often dangerous decisions that affect herself and others-her husband, Oliver, and their children; the destitute Sylvia Miller, whose life is transformed by Celia's intrusion; as well as Oliver's daunting elder sister, who is not all she appears to be; and Sebastian Brooke, for whom Celia makes the most dangerous decision of all.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of London and New York in the First World War, No Angel is, as British Good Housekeeping wrote, "an absorbing page-turner, packed with believable characters and satisfyingly extreme villains, eccentrics, and manipulators." Readers of Maeve Binchy, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Anita Shreve will fall in love with this epic, un-put-downable novel.

With more than 3.5 million copies sold, Penny Vincenzi is one of the world's preeminent writers of popular fiction-and American readers no longer have to miss out on the fun. With the publication of No Angel, a novel introducing the engaging cast of characters in the Lytton family, Overlook opens a thrilling new dimension to this author's already illustrious career.

Impressions While Reading

No Angel by Penny Vincenzi is a a page turner and what I felt to be an accurate account of that time of history.  Penny Vincenzi references the woman’s suffrage movement,  medicine, social affairs and the after effects of war.  There are very few cliff-hanger at the end of No Angel as most have been tied up, but not in a cutesy “It’s A Wonderful Life” kind of way. 

Final Impressions

If this had been a stand alone novel, I would be extremely depressed that it was over.  Fortunately, it is the first in the Spoils of Time trilogy and therefore have two more books to read in this amazing series.


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