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Saffron Skies

Saffron Skies, November 2006
by Lesley Lokko

St. Martin's Press Griffin
Featuring: Amber Sall
624 pages
ISBN: 031235228X
EAN: 9780312352288
Trade Size
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"Creative and beautifully crafted saga."

Fresh Fiction Review

Saffron Skies
Lesley Lokko

Reviewed by Mandy Burns
Posted October 20, 2006

Saga | Women's Fiction Contemporary

The public views the Sall family as super rich, Hollywood glamorous and mega spoiled. It's only a matter of time before the whole world finds out that Max Sall, businessman extraordinaire, keeps a mistress and a daughter in Greece. His two families, one located in England and one in Rome, consist of two daughters, a son, a wife and a mistress; they will all do what they can to survive.

The two sisters, Amber and Paola, will experience changes that mold who they are and what they will become. The troubled son, Kiernan, will find success, drugs and a forbidden love. Angela, Amber's mother and Max's wife, must come to terms with her marriage and find a way out of her alcoholic haze and a way to save herself and her family. Francesca, the beautiful mistress, must decide what to do if Max never leaves his wife. Tragedy and circumstance will bring both friends and family together to create life-long bonds.

When I first started reading this novel, I thought it was going to take me forever. Normally, sagas are tedious and drawn out; you have to force yourself to turn each page. However, this beautiful and creative novel kept me so interested, I read it in one sitting.

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In this sweeping family saga, Amber Sall has the world on a platter---everything a girl could ever want. She has a handsome, powerbroker father, an older brother she adores, scads of money, and two best friends, Becky and Madeline. But none of that satisfies her lifelong desire to win her fatherís love, and for success in a career on the basis of her own talents, not her familyís power and money. Watching her beloved brother fail both tests only makes Amber more determined to succeed. Through the decades, she and Becky and Madeline need each otherís support through the best and the worst that women can experience, but can their friendship survive?

Max Sall, Amberís father, is a distant, self-made man, whose lust for power comes from his tragic childhood. He drove Amberís society mother to alcoholism by openly keeping a mistress in Rome. His daughter with that mistress, Paola Rossi, is spoiled by her mother. She grows up to be a beautiful, glamorous member of the international jet set, yet she is still envious of everything Amber has, and determined to do what her mother never could: get a man to marry her. But when Paola finally marries, the result is more disastrous than she ever could have dreamed.

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