The Best of Times

The Best of Times

Penny Vincenzi / Nov 20, 2019

The Best of Times 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 a

  • Title: The Best of Times
  • Author: Penny Vincenzi
  • ISBN: 9780385528245
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 bridegrEverything 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.

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      • Penny Vincenzi

        I m currently taking part in a QA Group here on to discuss my latest novel, Sheer Abandon To post questions, please visit group show 4 I look forward to an active discussion together.I was nine years old when I embarked on my storytelling career I wrote my own magazine called Stories , which I copied out three times on carbon paper and sold for two pence at school I then went on to write for my church magazine only to be accused of irreverence toward the ladies in the sewing circle, and fired So began a career in writing which has seen 7 million copies sold, and 11 years as a bestselling novelist.My first real job was at the Harrods Library in London where I was nearly fired but not quite After secretarial college, I worked as a junior secretary at Vogue and Tatler magazines, before moving to the Daily Mirror as personal assistant to Marje Proops, Britain s legendary agony aunt.Marje encouraged me to write, and I became fashion editor and beauty writer at the Mirror, working for the women s editor in what was irreverently known as the fragrant department Eventually I left the world of magazines to work for a cosmetics company, and formed a connection with Boots, Britain s number one health and beauty brand.The connection with Boots was a turning point, and my husband Paul and I went on to launch Looking Good magazine We sold our house and took out an enormous bank load to fund the magazine, and we literally had bailiffs at the door just before launch date It was probably the greatest gamble of my life, but it paid off The first issue was a sell out.I once asked bestselling British author Jilly Cooper for advice on writing a novel while interviewing her for a magazine profile Jilly put me in touch with her own agent, who promptly auctioned off my then unwritten first novel It was quickly snapped up and the rest, as they say, is history.Today, I m married with four children and four grandchildrenand living in London, where I write full time.


    1. I have mixed feelings about this one. I decided to read this along with a couple other books over the long holiday weekend. I'm glad I had other things to read. I quite loved the first half & thought the author did a great job with most of the characters & also the accident we are shown in the opening of the book. And then the second half happened. Or didn't so much and just meandered along until I have to honestly admit, I was skimming for resolutions for my favorite characters. I'm pos [...]

    2. At page 570 or something now. It just keeps going on and on and on. When will it end?!-----------I quit a few chapters later. There was nothing after the hearing to keep the reader motivated.

    3. I was in the middle of Penny Vincenzi’s THE BEST OF TIMES (Headline, 2009) when my hubby phoned to say thateaze-factor/2017

    4. A compelling story that tackles everyone’s subconscious fear – the one that they feel but never address – what if something catastrophic happens one day and changes our lives forever?In Best Of Times, Penny Vincenzi tells the story of a brutal road accident that breaks relationships and brings strangers together. Vincenzi’s characters not only allow readers to love / hate them, but I find, like in all her other books, readers get immersed in them and their lives. When I first picked up a [...]

    5. This was an entertaining read though a bit long at just under 600 pgs.The story is a good one where the lives of twelve unrelated people are wound together through a horrible accident on a highway that runs outside London. The author spends a lot of time on character development and that is all a lead up to this fatal, multi car pile up on the highway and how the lives of these people all come together and how their lives all our forever changed as a result of this life changing event. I really [...]

    6. I had high hopes for this one, but somewhere around the middle it failed miserably. It's the story of people involved in a car accident and how it affects their lives. Interesting at the beginning and then bloody awful, darling. (I have to say that, because the book takes place outside London.) At about the halfway point (of this more than 500 page thing!) every single character became unlikeable. Seriously. I get that the author wants to show that we are all flawed people, but we aren't all tot [...]

    7. I have very mixed feelings about this book; hence the three stars. The book opens with a major traffic accident that blocks the freeway (Sorry: motorway. It takes place in London.) Then comes a section called "Before". I spent my time reading this section very nervous about what would happen. So it was hard to enjoy it.The section that took place during the accident was very exciting and fun to read.But then the story went kind of down hill from there. I felt like the author didn't know when the [...]

    8. Foi a minha estreia com esta autora, da qual já queria há muito tempo ler qualquer coisa. E gostei bastante. A principio achei que tinha personagens a mais mas depois todas elas se foram interligando e tiveram um papel de maior ou menor destaque na trama. Um bom romance para se ler, apesar de um pouco longo (mais de 600 paginas) mas que li com muito prazer e me deixou com vontade de ler mais desta escritora

    9. For more reviews, please visit fortheloveofthereadMy love for Vincenzi really just never stops. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that she has become one of my very favorite authors; I never dislike her books.This book is a beautiful example of how one moment can change everything. The largest part of the plot is an accident on the M4 that causes fatalities, major injuries, and outs secrets. The book is broken up into parts, the first giving some background on how each character ends up on the M [...]

    10. Cheesy summer reading at its best no need to think or analyze just read on the beach or by the side of the pool. In The Best of Times, all the characters come together because of a horrible crash on the M4 Motorway outside London. All the various characters at the scene of the crash ultimately become entwined with each other. We follow each character from shortly before the crash to a year or so after. Predictably, everything turns out hunky dory and life is good. This is not an intellectual b [...]

    11. Would Vincenzi be able to hold my interest for 880 pages? Would I be able to keep all the characters straight in my mind? Yes and yes. A very enjoyable read about folks who are involved in, or witness, a large and tragic highway accident and how that event alters their lives. The question is - are the changes for the worst, or for the best? It surprised me, a person who cannot bear gore or medical encounters, the day of the accident was my favorite part of the book. So fear not those of you who [...]

    12. 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. The story is told quite seemlessly and in readable chunks, with each person's life under scrutiny. Some have secrets that really shouldn't be told, others are oblivious to the effects their actions will have on others. From the sublime, to the heart-rending - I think this is a perfect summer beach read.My only criticism is [...]

    13. IMHO, reading this book wasn't the Best of Times. While the premise is wonderful - a major accident changes the lives of everyone involved - I found the story tedious. Vincenzi's exploration of the butterfly effect through a myriad of characters left me feeling exhausted. I found it difficult to connect with the characters, and I felt that because the author took on so many characters, none of them were fully developed. I felt that plot points were predictable. And really, the novel probably cou [...]

    14. I was reading this book during a very difficult time in my life. The book kept me interested, I could lose myself in the characters, their lives and dilemmas and forget, for awhile, what was going on in my life. I enjoy Penny Vincenzi's books. They aren't great literature, but they are a wonderful escape.

    15. I absolutely LOVED this book! Amazing how a series of missteps and other factors can contribute to a huge life altering event. The characters were so well crafted - you loved some and hated some just as the author intended. I didn't want it to end.


    17. I enjoy this book.I am a sucker for stories where different people who appparently have nothing in common are brought together by a unfortunate event. It is exacly what happens in this book. Because of an accident on the M4, the lives of a number of characters is changed and intertwined. I really enjoyed the fact that, at a point or another, the characters all interacted with one another. The author also makes us share the emotions of the characters at different point in the book, and even had t [...]

    18. Another totally enthralling blockbuster from Vincenzi who never disappoints. This story follows the victims of an horrendous car crash on a busy motorway. Starting with how they came to be on the motorway at that time, then how they reacted & suffered in the crash & finally to the consequences in the aftermath of that fatal day - which might not sound very up-lifting but there's love, heartbreak, sadness & humour all of which combine to make a very entertaining story. Okay, it's easy [...]

    19. Such a huge book (751 pages) and so heavy to hold (yeah, poor baby), but what an enjoyable read! I've never read Penny Vincenzi but have often heard her books are very good. Vincenzi's writing style reminds me of Maeve Binchy, whose writing I have quite enjoyed. The only negative would be that this one started to drag towards the end, which almost made me reduce to 3 stars. The author was tying up the loose ends of each character, but it did seem to go on and on, and I have to admit, got a tad s [...]

    20. I started reading this book after it was highly recommended to me I got to chapter 2 before I gave up not very far into the book I hear you say, but I just couldn't get on with it. I'm a very avid reader, 2 a week most weeks but the writing, for me, wasn't very fluid. it's too scatty and jumpy for me. I like books that have different characters perspectives within the story but I like them to be separated into different chapters, this one it's each paragraph almost and it was too much to even be [...]

    21. Not amazing I'm afraid. Took me forever to read but I didn't want to give up on it, can't tell you why though. I wouldn't have lost out by giving up on it put it that way. I wouldn't recommend this book. Cheesy a lot of the time. If you're not keen and not feeling it like I'm wasn't then save your time.

    22. An interesting book about a variety of different people who are all involved in a major traffic accident on the M4 outside London. Their lives are all changed, mostly in positive ways. I read this while traveling in the UK, riding on the Motorways, probably not the best time to read it! But enjoyable and mostly good characters.

    23. This book is a mission. I stopped reading it to read something else and I don't want to go back to it. Up until the accident was good but afterwards has dragged on. I can guess what's going to happen in the last quarter with relationships etc so I'm giving up.

    24. I found it hard to read for the first few pages too many story lines to start off with, having read a review that said they d quit at page 80 I decided I'd give it until then to decide got to 73 and thought its not too bad enjoyed it totally in the end

    25. LOTS of characters! The story moved along nicely, and I enjoyed this read. (Too much infidelity, but that's a personal judgement on my part.)PHYSICALLY, it was very difficult to handle this paperback! It is 2.25 inches thick and I have arthritis in my left thumb.

    26. I'd actually read this book before. I remembered some of the stories but not all of them. It was great to re-read it.

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