Jilly Cooper returns with love, high living, intrigue and a missing painting.
No picture ever came more beautiful than Raphael's Pandora. Discovered by a dashing young lieutenant, Raymond Kelvedon, in a Normandy chateau in 1944, she had cast her spell over his family - all artists and dealers - for 50 years. Hanging in a turret of their lovely Cotswold house, Pandora witnessed Raymond's tempestuous wife, Galena, both entertaining a string of lovers and giving birth to her four children: Jupiter, Alizarin, Jonathan and superbrat Sienna. Then an exquisite stranger rolls up, claiming to be a long-lost daughter of the family, setting the three Belvedon brothers at each other's throats. Accompanying her is her fatally glamorous boyfriend, whose very different agenda includes an unhealthy interest in the Raphael.
During a fireworks party, the painting is stolen. The hunt to retrieve it takes the listener on a thrilling journey to Vienna, Geneva, Paris, New York and London. After a nail-biting court case and a record-smashing Old Masters sale at Sotheby's, passionate love triumphs, and Pandora is restored to her rightful home.
"This is Jilly in top form with her most sparkling novel to date." (Evening Standard)
What members say
- jolanda kohne
did not enjoy as much as other jilly cooper books.
struggling to finish
got to chapter 8 and gave up.
returned ... have loved most of jilly cooper books but this one just didnt do it for me. personal taste maybe.