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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Review: Scandals by Penny Jordan Reviewed by Kiran Manral
Published by Avon
Price UK 6.99
The third book in the Silk trilogy by the author, Scandals is a coming together of the disparate skeins of all the characters lives in a way that only those who have read the previous books could understand.
The story is the final in a series about a family, the Fulshawe family from Macclesfield who own the Denham silk mill, and through the previous two books the reader has seen the life of Amber, the matriarch of the family and the owner of the mill as it evolves from that of a young girl to that of a matriarch ruling an entire clan with an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Spanning 50 years, the tale tells the reader the tragedies and the twists in fate that have befallen each of the individuals who make up this rather extended clan and their loves, their losses and the motives that drive them.
The current novel opens at Christmas time, when the entire clan will congregate and as also, a time when Amber approaches her 80th birthday. She now takes stock of her life, and what she will bequeath her assorted grandchildren who will gather to wish her.
Amber and her second husband Jay are the one's who must decide how their children and grandchild will take the legacy of the silk mills forward. But each of them have their own tangled mysteries, secrets and motives, and the book, true in the drama tradition has all the romance and tearjerking moments that make the reader sniffle through boxes of tissues and stay poised for what could happen next. If you are one of those readers who is addicted to her daily soaps, this is the book for you.
(Kiran Manral is a writer, blogger, social activist. She is also the Creative Head at Karma Communications, Mumbai)