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Cassia Tallow has been married to the town doctor for seven years when she mysteriously inherits an enormous fortune from her godmother, whom was believed to have died penniless. A responsible housewife and mother, Cassia is at first determined to be sensible, to stay happy and in control --- but suddenly, for the first time in her life, she is able to do exactly as she likes. The money gives her confidence, and her husband can only look on resentfully as she resumes her medical career, sheds some of her domestic burdens, wings with the jet set, and re-forms old relationships --- one of them of a most dangerous kind. Along the way, Cassia realizes that something seems not quite right about the money left to her and she seeks answers, both about the money and the rest of her life. Too soon the windfall, part benign influence, part brutal force, is an absolutely powerful entity all of its own --- one that Cassia cannot resist.

Windfall is full of the signatures that make Vincenzi’s novels irresistible to devoted fans and newcomers alike: a sharp eye for detail, an assortment of loveable and despicable characters, and a titillating, suspenseful plot. Referred to as “the doyenne of the modern blockbuster” (Glamour), Vincenzi never fails her readers, with her artfully written tales of larger-than-life characters, drama, suspense, thrills, sex, jewels, gorgeous homes and clothes, and lush descriptions of the lives of the rich and privileged of English aristocracy. This mesmerizing story of one woman’s very complicated inheritance is no exception.

by Penny Vincenzi

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2009
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 1590202473
  • ISBN-13: 9781590202470