Family secrets and a shattering scandal emerges when a dream wedding becomes a nightmare - and the bride disappears.
'Like a glass of champagne: bubbly, moreish and you don't want it to end' Daily Express
The night before her lavish wedding to Oliver Bergin, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished - without apparent cause, and without trace. Shocked, anxious and uncomprehending, the two families face a long and painful day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.
And the question they are all forced to ask is who really was the woman they thought they knew - perfect daughter, sister, lover and wife never to be?
'Deliciously readable' Mail on Sunday
Vincenzi's newest (after Forbidden Places) is a complicated family saga, filled with lies, unfaithfulness, and unexpected turmoil. In classic Vincenzi fashion, this novel reads like a soap opera, following a massive cast of characters who are poised for sensational melodrama. Cressida Forrest, a high-society English rose, is set to marry a wealthy New York doctor in what will surely be a perfect wedding. However, when the bride and the dress go missing on the big day, friends and family begin an emotionally fraught search. Her disappearance shows no signs of foul play, leaving her loved ones even more confused and distraught. As they begin to look into Cressida's personal life for clues to explain her vanishing, layer after layer of a secret life is peeled away. Meanwhile, the inner demons of other family members are also exposed, rendering Cressida's disappearance a catalyst for myriad dramatic revelations. Few authors can successfully tie together such elaborate storylines and develop such well-maintained characters. Although there are moments when readers will wish one narrative would close so another could be pursued more fully, in the end each one is worthwhile.
I am a big fan of Penny Vincenzi and have read all her books. This book was originally published in 1994, but still holds its own. Unfortunately she passed away, but iBooks has brought back three novels of hers that I have not read. Thank you.