by Penny Jordan
The first in a multi-generational trilogy by mega-seller Penny Jordan is set in the decadent world of the silk industry. Dangerous liaisons...Skeletons in closets...A scandalous web of lies and deceit...The Pickfords are just your average family. 1920s Cheshire. A time of great glamour and decadence, high living and loose morality.
A time where anything goes - and does. Amber Vrontsky is the heiress to the wealthy Pickford dynasty, presided over by the formidable Blanche. Obsessed with social climbing, Blanche wants nothing more for her granddaughter than a titled husband - a prize which she herself failed to secure, despite her immense wealth. But free spirited Amber is intent on forging her own artistic career with the silk she loves so much.
Unable to disobey Blanche, however, she moves to society London to become a debutante - and enters a world of illicit affairs, drug-taking, gambling, lavender marriages... From the lavish decadence of society London to the opium dens of the Far East, the chic boutiques of Paris to the Nazi-controlled streets of Berlin, Silk spans the depravity and the glamour of this tumultuous time. Spoil yourself with this dazzling, decadent treat by international multi-million-copy selling Penny Jordan - the ultimate read for fans of Danielle Steel and Penny Vincenzi.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 16/06/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847560735
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Review by wyvernfriend
Amber Vrontsky is the heiress to the Pickford dynasty, a dynasty led by Blanche Pickford who is a bitter social climbing woman determined to fulfil her ambitions through Amber. Amber wants to be a designer, using the silk from the family factory to decorate and inspire. Amber is sent to London to prepare for her Debut with a well-connected school aquaintance (who hates her for her new money and the fact that she's helping to sponsor her!) She meets a man and finds friendship but not love, he's homosexual and saves her from scandal by marrying her. She finds herself in a rarefied atmosphere. There's a lot going on in this book, characters that made me sit up and think and characters that really were very very nasty. Some you could understand but some were just pure evil. I liked the story overall, I'm looking forward to reading more. I will have to say that for a character that was dressed by Vionnet and Chanel a bulky crocheted top/dress on the cover isn't in keeping!