I actually read this book several months ago and wrote up a quick review of it, but I must have forgotten to upload it as I've found it today.
When Saul dies, his family vie for ownership of his Milford company. There is a lot of surprise when his majority shareholding is left to Emma, who has previously had nothing to do with Milford and doesn't have the first clue about turning around the fortunes of the luxury handbag brand. As Emma tries to drag the company forward, her ideas are met with stern disapproval from other board members who are determined to see her fall flat on her face and will seemingly stop at nothing to eject her from the picture. Will Emma succeed in her mission, or will she be forced out by their underhanded antics?
I really enjoyed this book and really got behind Emma in her struggles to turn Milford around and rise above the other board members. Without giving too much away, there is a darker side to the plot as Emma begins to suspect that certain board members will stop at nothing to get her out of the way, and this aspect of the plot added a bit of intrigue to the story. I thought that I had pinned down who was behind it all but there was a real twist at the end as to who was really behind things.
Emma was a really likeable character, especially in comparison to other characters such as scheming Cassandra and evil Uncle Roger, who are both ruthless and manipulative in their quest for supremacy. I couldn't see many (if any) redeeming qualities in either of those characters. I also liked Stella, the handbag designer that Emma brings in to design the new Milford range.
While Emma is the main character, there are also sections focusing on Cassandra's magazine editor career, which are quite invaluable for seeing Cassandra's true character in greater detail.
The book is quite long, but it held my attention all the way through and I enjoyed Tasmina Perry's writing style. It wasn't typical chick lit in its tone but it was still easy to get into. I hadn't previously read any of her books but I'm now interested in picking them up if I come across any more of hers in the supermarket or at the library.
Guilty Pleasures was written by Tasmina Perry and was published in May 2009.
I had already read and thoroughly enjoyed one of her earlier books - Golddiggers, so I was really looking forward to reading this novel.
When Saul Milford, the owner and founder of luxury handbags line Milton, dies his family gather to hear his will, each member expecting they will be the one who inherits his 75% shareholding in the company.
When the shareholding is inherited by one of his nieces Emma, the whole family is united in their unhappiness at the situation and even Emma is not sure if she can turn the ailing business around.
Some of the family want the company more desperately than others and family loyalty is well and truly pushed to one side as they all try to get their hands on what they believe to be rightfully theirs.
Well, I was looking forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed! The style of writing reminds me very much of Louise Bagshawe, so if you're a fan of hers you will definitely love this book.
Tasmina Perry sets her novels in high society, so it's an interesting insight for a 'normal' person in the glitzy lifestyle of the rich and famous. It's interesting that none of the women in her stories who would be considered successful are happy with what hey have, and what they have achieved, some of them are pretty horrible people too.
The book is mainly written from Emma's point of view, but includes quite a bit from the point of view of her cousin Cassandra who is the Editor of one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world.
It's a fast paced story which you want definitely want to read all in one go. I found it very easy and enjoyable reading, all the characters were interesting, although some were not as likeable as others, which is what the author must have intended!
The plot twists towards the end of the novel are cleverly engineered and added an unexpected twist to the novel which made it even more enjoyable.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to chic-lit fans of all ages