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British author Penny Vincenzi makes her American debut with an ambitious, compelling saga centering on the strong-willed Celia Lytton, wife of publishing giant Oliver Lytton.

Spoiled Celia orchestrates her marriage to wealthy, weak Oliver, and when World War I breaks out, she manages to take over the family business. Along with her sister-in-law, Celia breaks through the glass ceiling and takes what she wants: power, a career and control of her family's lives.

Not only is Celia the leading character in this addictive tale of family struggles, politics, love and marriage, she's also the force that drives everything. As Celia thoughtlessly pursues what she wants, she has no idea that it affects everyone around her.

There is her son, Giles, who is as weak as his father; her naughty daughters, Adele and Venetia; Barty Miller, a daughter adopted from a family friend; and, most of all, author Sebastian Brooke, whom she pushes into making a monumental decision.

With all the aplomb of Barbara Taylor Bradford, Maeve Binchy and Cathy Cash Spellman, Vincenzi sweeps readers into her intricate saga about an indomitable woman. NO ANGEL should satisfy readers who enjoy a lush read with a remarkably memorable heroine. SENSUAL (Sep., 640 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin