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by Louise Bagshawe

      Louise Bagshawe has an exceptional writing style that leaves the reader completely engrossed in the story. She also has an extraordinary way of bringing her characters to life. Sparkles is an outstanding novel that will keep you flipping the pages to see what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to others. Nicely done.

Peirre Massot is the owner of the greatest jewelry firm in Paris. Seven years after his mysterious disappearance his wife, Sophie, has him declared legally dead. Sophie's plan is to review the books and leave the family empire in the hands of the staff her husband trusted to run it.

When she begins to unravel the discrepancies in the Massot family business, she decides to take over the helm. She dismisses many of the employees and makes numerous other changes in the business. The business begins to show a profit again due to Sophie's wisdom and good business sense.

Sophie's mother-in-law, Katherine, and her son, Thomas, team up together to strip Sophie of not only her business but even her home. After her son, Thomas, takes the business away from her, he begins making all the decisions, and soon the company is plummeting into bankruptcy.

Meanwhile Sophie has entered into a partnership (or two) with Hugh Montford, whom Thomas believes to be a bitter enemy of his father's. After being trapped in a loveless marriage (with a husband who had many mistresses, and a mother-in-law who never thought she was good enough for the Massot family) Sophie finds happiness at last.

But there are still more Massot family deceptions about to come to light. Secrets revealed that will blindside the Massot family and everyone around them.

The Book

Plume / Penguin Group
March 27, 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN10: 0-452-28814-2
ISBN13: 978-0-452-28814-0
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Connie Harris
Reviewed 2007
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