The Best of Times
By Penny Vincenzi
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780767930857, 608pp.)
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Everything can change in the blink of an eye. . .
On an ordinary London afternoon, a truck swerves across five lanes of traffic and creates a tangle of chaos and confusion. As loved ones wait to hear news and the hospital prepares to receive the injured, a dozen lives hang in the balance. A doctor is torn between helping the injured and hiding his young mistress; a bridegroom hopes to get to the church on time; a widow waiting to reunite with a lost love ponders whether she’ll ever see him again; and the mysterious hitchhiker, the only person who knows what really happened, is nowhere to be found.
Filled with suspense, romance, and more twists than a country highway, The Best of Times proves once again why Penny Vincenzi is the queen of happy endings.
Penny Vincenzi is the author of several major bestsellers, including Sheer Abandon. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a journalist for Vogue, Tattler, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in London.
- The role of chance in our lives is a major theme in this novel. Given the outcomes of the accident for the main characters, how do you interpret the difference between chance and fate in the book? Do you believe in fate?
“The perfect read.” —Parade
“Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women’s fiction like Vincenzi.” —USA Today
“Exciting [and] intriguing.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The charm of The Best of Times lies in the chain reactions that occur after the crash, as if things always happen for a reason, and that much good can come from great tragedy.” —Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Sweeping, dramatic, [and] surprising.” —Bookreporter
“Gripping, heartbreaking and exciting. . . . An exhilarating read.” —Woman & Home
“Vincenzi is at her absolute best when describing the mores, manners and manors of the affluent middle classes, and here she serves up more fabulous gardens, riverside homes, privately educated children and dramatically-exposed affairs with dirty women than you can shake a stick at. Classic Vincenzi.” —Daily Mail
“You won’t want to put down The Best of Times until you’ve turned over the last page.” —The Coventry Telegraph
“Enthralling and heartbreaking.” —The Daily Mirror