Welcome to another Thursday Sparks, in which we spark our creativity and enthusiasm for writing styles in the books we read.

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages, gives us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.



KNOW (aware, knowing, realize etc)


Today I’m featuring a book that has been on my TBR stacks for awhile, and is a chunkster, too.  If I complete this one next week, I will be adding it to lists for two challenges.  At 627 pages, it will be one that takes awhile.  But I love this author, so maybe the book will fly by.  Penny Vincenzi’s Almost a Crime is a book that immerses the reader in a world of engrossing glamor and passion.


Meet Tom and Octavia Fleming. Attractive, rich and madly successful, the pair appeared to have the perfect power marriage until an affair leaves their lives in fatal danger. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to life-threatening terror from which nothing and no one in the Flemings’ charmed circle can escape: not their children, not their friends, not even the one thing that seemed beyond reach – their own professional success.

Described by Dominick Dunne as a writer “with verve and heart, immersing the reader in a world of engrossing and unforgettable glamour and passion,” and praised by Barbara Taylor Bradford as “marvelously engrossing,” Vincenzi’s newest novel is a surefire winner with critics and readers alike.


Snippet:  Tom was already in the American Bar at the Savoy when Octavia rushed in, almost fifteen minutes late, but he was not looking alternately at his watch and the entrance as she would have done, he was at one of the prized corner tables—of course he was at a corner table—reading the Financial Times, apparently perfectly relaxed.  Only a handful of people, Octavia concluded, would have known that Tom was never relaxed, any more than she was, but he was masterly at appearing so.  p.7


What did you find today?  I hope you’ll come on by and share….


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