I am a sucker for stories where different people who appparently have nothing in common are brought together by a unfortunate event. The only negative would be that this one started to drag towards the end, which almost made me reduce to 3 stars. In a matter of seconds, absolutely everything can change? And the author helpfully provides a list of who's who on the opening pages! Your time is important and if you are not enjoying a book, just put it away and start a new one. The story is told quite seemlessly and in readable chunks, with each person's life under scrutiny. Absorbing, exciting, and emotionally charged, The Best of Times is Penny Vincenzi at her most compelling. And particularly enjoyed the ending.
It wasn't bad writing, but after a very exciting middle section I was a bit disappointed. As loved ones wait to hear news and the hospital prepares to receive the injured, a dozen lives hang in the balance. My only criticism is When a lorry crashes on the M4 on a busy summer's day the effect on people's lives is catastrophic and has repercussions that spread out far beyond the scene at the motorway. Who was the girl seen running away from the site of the accident? And this was no classic. The characters are well developed, so that it was easy to keep everyone sorted out - and you saw the good and the bad that can exist in all people. For instance, we are left with the feeling that Georgia might not stay with Merlin for the long run and might go for her tennant, but it is left unsaid. There isn't much time to get bored with the book, but at times you may find yourself trying to jog your memory as to what last happened with a particular character.
Another totally enthralling blockbuster from Vincenzi who never disappoints. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that she has become one of my very favorite authors; I never dislike her books. It takes place in London. Each character develops in such a way that readers can't help but care about them. I spent my time reading this section very nervous about what would happen. Written with incredible verve, candor, and wit, Penny Vincenzi reveals human behavior in all its fascinating detail as she challenges her characters to face crisis boldly—and she surprises us with the results at every turn. And for that, Miss Vincenzi, I will always be grateful.
And at the epicenter of this field of destruction lies the truck driver, suffering from memory loss, while the mysterious hitchhiker, the only person who knows what really happened, has fled the scene. Filled with suspense, romance, and more twists than a country highway, The Best of Timesproves once again why Penny Vincenzi is the queen of happy endings. At times the plotline lags slightly, especially when the narrative gets bogged down in exploring who is at fault for the crash. My only criticism is that it could have been 200 pages lighter, but like all Penny Vincenzi's novels it's well over 700 pages long, however I enjoyed it. Absorbing, exciting and emotionally charged -- it's a long novel that pulls you into the lives of over a dozen characters that come together in one mammoth crash on a motorway outside London.
At about the halfway point of this more than 500 page thing! I really enjoyed the fact that, at a point or another, the characters all interacted with one another. To view it, The first thing to say is. However, 751 pages is a bit much. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan among many others, before turning to fiction. All of the interwoven stories were very interesting.
In The Best of Times, all the characters come together because of a horrible crash on the M4 Motorway outside London. It is exacly what happens in this book. I wanted to know what would happen next for each character as the story progressed. While the premise is wonderful - a major accident changes the lives of everyone involved - I found the story tedious. I get that the author wants to show that we are all flawed people, but we aren't all tot I had high hopes for this one, but somewhere around the middle it failed miserably. I know some people felt it went on too long but I liked getting to see so far beyond the crash.
I have to say that, because the book takes place outside London. Whose wheel and whose concentration, though? I am a sucker for stories where different people who appparently have nothing in common are brought together by a unfortunate event. Over all very well written and an enjoyable read. Okay, it's easy to work out who will pair up with who, but the story of how the relationships develop is absorbing. It was a bit too long actually but still I did enjoy the story.
And then the second half happened. On an ordinary London afternoon, a truck swerves across five lanes of traffic and creates a tangle of chaos and confusion. Secondly, for 880 pages I want a classic. It is a world that, as a mother of four grown-up daughters, she knows very well, and her experience shows in the surefooted realism of her writing. An exciting but dangerous affair is inevitable and potentially damaging to their careers. Spellbound by these intimate and evocative tales, we watch as fate takes its powerful course and the far-reaching effects of the crash ripple through the lives of hundreds of people.