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Finished Daddy's Girls a couple of days ago. It was a prettygood book, I've had the book a little while, and only really got into reading it when on holiday two weeks ago.
Great plot of the book, and you really start to know the four sisters in the story, and in the end really sympathise with them.
The Balcon sisters all lead a very glamorous lifestyle, and there is plenty of references throughout the book reminding you of that, including one sisters Bentley, Hermes, Chanel, Dior etc collections that they own.
The book starts off with their fathers murder, and then goes on to about a year prior to that and what went on, then back to the murder investigation and finally to the funeral and life after.
I found it quite difficult to start reading, as it wasn't really gripping me, but once I got a bit of the way through i didn't want to put it down (mainly becuase I wanted to find out if it was an accident or murder). There was quite a bit of reference to sex throughout the book.
Wasn't a badly written book, but I think that the writer probably could have used more imagination in her style of writing, without the constant references of Designer shops etc.
I'm keen to read other books by Tasmina Perry, and would recommend the book if you are on holiday and want an easy read.
I picked this book up in a book shop in the airport on the way for a holiday in the sun. I was hugely surprised by this book, it's sharp, it's witty and it's all engrossing which is exactly what I wanted from a beach read, I didn't have to think too hard but still got a lot out of the story.
I couldn't put this book down and after it was finished I was left thinking about the characters and the story line for days afterwards, which for me is always a good thing about a book - truly memorable.
Afterwards I was really looking forward to Tasmina's next book, she's the kind of author who you'll be hooked to for a long time.
This book is brilliant offering from a debut author and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the likes of Penny Vincenzi and is looking for a relatively easy read with huge entertainment value.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be rich, famous, successful and classed as a sex symbol? Well wonder no more because Daddy's Girls takes you deep inside this world of glamour, seduction and wealth and will have you gripped from the very beginning.
Meet Camilla, Serena, Venetia and Cate. Otherwise known as The Balcon Sisters. These girls have everything, money, sex appeal, success and scandal. Camilla is the up and coming political star and just oozes confidence, Serena is the youngest sister and by far the sexiest, she's a model and aspires to become the best known actress in Hollywood. Venetia is the interior designer, best known for her work in some of the most exclusive places. Cate is the magazine editor, successful and confident. All of these girls have one thing in common, a father who they can never seem to please. Oswald Balcon is one of the wealthiest and most important men in London and is very arrogant and cocky especially to his four daughters. If Oswald doesn't like something, he will use his power and money to correct it so he does like it.
It's Christmas Day and Oswald Balcon has been found dead in the grounds of his prestigious home. The Balcon Sisters are devasted but are outraged that all of them are under suspicion of killing their father. When they decide to investigate who is behind their fathers death they reveal a family secret from more than 30 years ago that could ruin their reputation.
Before I went away on holiday afew weeks ago, I was browsing the amazon website trying to find a chick-lit novel that would be a breeze to read on the beach. I don't usually read books to be quite honest but I decided that if the weather was going to be bad in Rhodes, what was I going to do? After much browsing I came across this book. A debut novel by Tasmina Perry and quite a striking read according to the reviews on amazon. I was torn between this one and her second novel, but decided to start from the beginning.
The opening few pages to this book just pulled me in like a fish on a hook. I was gripped and I could not wait to see how this book was going to pan out. We get to meet each of the sisters individually, learning about their past, present and future hopes and dreams. We know the Camilla is a powerful, strong dominant woman, we know that Serena oozes sex appeal and is lusted after my nearly the entire male population, we know that Venetia is a woman in an unhappy marriage and we know that Cate is a successful magazine editor.
After being introduced to all four sisters, we then meet Oswald Balcon, their father, and his posh chums. We also find out about the sisters' mother, who died many years ago. We get to meet the men in their lives, or in some cases, lack of men in their lives.
This is probably one of the best books I have read. Years ago I used to read alot of books but this one is by far one of the best. It is sexy, scandalous and funny. We get to read about the sisters' sex lives and whom they lust after. We get to find out their dirty secrets and lies which is always good fun to find out! I was drawn in by the way Tasmina Perry describes situations in the book, and the way she uses her characters to jump out at you is brilliant. You really do feel involved in the book and the sisters become your friends.
Tasmina has written this book in an excellent way and I could not put it down! One night in Rhodes, the bedroom was quite warm and I had trouble sleeping. I looked at my clock and it was 2am. I switched my bedside light on and started to read my book! I read it for an hour and a half before I started to get tired, this is how gripped I was by this book. Reading about these girls lives interested me so much and it really gets you involved and in a way, makes you a little jealous of their successful lives, money and of course the gigantic family home!
This book was quite thick and when it had arrived from amazon I wondered if I was ever going to finish it, but before I knew it, it was over and I was quite sad because I had been involved in this book for a week and I didn't want it to end, but at the same time, I needed to know how Oswald Balcon died, I needed to know about the affairs and the scandal, the sex, lies and glamour of The Balcon Sisters.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It was an excellent chick-lit read, especially while listening to the Mediterranean waves peacefully rolling onto the beach. Bliss. I am now awaiting my amazon order for her second novel, 'Gold Diggers', as I was so impressed with Tasmina Perry's debut. If you want to read an excellent chick-lit book that will have you gripped from the beginning with humour, detail and an excellent story, then read this. It was not difficult to read, it never became complicated and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Pages - 512
Publisher - Harper (16th April 2007)
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This book is the ultimate summer accessory for the beach with a fast and free flowing narrative with as much sex and scandal as you could ever manage.
The book is based on the adventures of four upper class sisters all career driven and desperate for success.
The eldest is Venetia, she is overly protective of her younger sisters after the death of their Mother. She is a interior designer to the stars but her private life is far from perfect stuck in a loveless marriage with a man she is with only to please her father. But Venetia world will be turned upside down when a man with a Spanish villa walks into her life and a fire rips it apart.
Cate is safe and secure as the editor of a leading magazine but when she is suddenly sacked, she decides to begin her own magazine with a high powered and shrewd business man and his friend. But when love blossoms, the only problem is he already has a girl and Cate doesn't want to be the other woman.
Camilla has soared to the top of her law profession but she wants more, much more. Turning her mind to a political career she pushes her boyfriend out and does her best to become a modern Tory MP.
The Youngest of the Balcon girls is Serena, a glamour puss actress, willing to step on everyone on her to that elusive Oscar nomination. But a boat trip in Egypt changes her life forever. From top shot to total social drop out, Serena is haunted by the patter of tiny feet, but how can she have a baby when it is what her sister always wanted but couldn't have ?
An insightful view into how the other half lives. From high powered parties to operas. From the death of (a few) family members to someone under suspicion of murder.
One for the beach, girls !
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A sizzling debut one to devour on the beach - In Style.