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Overview: This is a book encompassing several different stories. These stories are all linked through a motorway crash in which all the characters have some involvement. Topics covered involve an up and coming actress looking to make the big time, an extra marital affair, a romance spanning 60 years, a ruined wedding and the complexities of the class system. The good: This is an easy read and would be idea for holidays. There are several interwoven stories and many characters however a listing of the cast in the inside of the book neatly avoids confusion. The jumping from one story thread to another keeps the book lively and retains the readers interest. There are few boring spells which is impressive considering the length of the book. The premise of a car crash may sound a bit morbid but the writer avoids lingering on the horrors of the actual event and instead focuses on the aftermath and how people carry on with their lives. The bad: Sometimes it seems that too much of a sugar coating has been given to the crash and it's aftermath and certain outcomes can often seem clichéd. Probably better suited to females. Conclusion: Not high brow but a great holiday read!
An avid reader i have ready literally 100's of books but for some reason i never crossed paths with Penny Vicenzi until a couple of weeks ago i was about to go on a long journey and needed a good book to get me through it. Short on time i browsed through tescos book stall and picked up The Best of Times for a mere £3.79 (paper back). I must say from the first page i was gripped. A crackiing story from the start. The Story Without giving too much away and spoiling it for everyone the outline of the story is of ordinary people travelling down a motorway and getting involved in a serious accident, from then on their lives become entwined. There is everything here to keep you gripped, an affair, a wannabe actress, a love rekindled, an agent lonely and looking for love a snooty mother in law whose antics had me laughing out loud which drew some strange looks from the other travellers on the train. Vicenzi makes the characters seem so real and by the time i got to the end of the book i felt as though i knew them all personally. Vicenzi has written 14 books, so i have another 13 to go! Should keep me busy for a while. If you want to buy this book shop arround i found huge variations in pricing, I paid £3.78 in Tesco but have seen it in other stores at £7.99 more than double.