This is a weekly event hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page every Wednesday.

Marcia says:

I love beautiful, and interesting, cover art so every Wednesday I post my 'Cover Attraction' for the week along with a synopsis of the book. Everyone is welcome to stop by and, if they'd like, post a link to their favorite weekly book cover.

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My find this week is The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi.

ISBN-13: 9780385528245
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: July 2009


In a matter of seconds, absolutely everything can change …

In this masterfully crafted page-turner, peopled with intense characters and centered on one devastating moment that involves them all, plot-twist queen Penny Vincenzi vividly captures how the actions of one person can dramatically affect many in the blink of an eye.

On an ordinary Friday afternoon, on a major motorway outside of London, a trailer truck suddenly and violently swerves across fives lanes of traffic—careening cars into one another like dominoes and leaving a trail of chaos and confusion. Within the space of a minute, an astounding miles-long pileup has amassed, and, as the survivors await help, their stories unfold.

Vincenzi expertly maneuvers the plot between the panic-stricken husband trapped in his car with his young mistress, his adultery sure to be discovered; the bridegroom trying frantically to get to the church on time (he won’t); the widow on her way to reunite with the love of her life after sixty years, now forced to ponder whether she’ll ever see him again; the junior doctor waiting to receive the crash victims in the ER … 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.

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. Written with incredible verve, candor, and wit, Penny Vincenzi reveals human behavior in all its fascinating detail as she challenges hercharacters to face crisis boldly—and she surprises us with the results at every turn.

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9 Responses
  1. Darlene Says:

    lol-Good taste. I had this one a while back as well. It is very pretty.

  2. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    This one reminds me of "Girls in Trucks"!

  3. Melody Says:

    Dar - Yes, I remember seeing this cover on your post some time ago! ;) I just couldn't resist posting this one!

    Sandy - I need to check that out as well!

  4. That is a great cover--and the book sounds interesting too!

  5. Alice Says:

    Great cover, Melody!

  6. Beth F Says:

    I read her No Angel, which got me interested in her as a writer. I've seen the ads for this. Hope it's good!

  7. Melody Says:

    Wendy, Alice & Beth - Thanks, ladies! Glad you all like the cover too! I hope the book is as great as it looks. ;)

  8. Julia Says:

    That a great cover and I hope it good and enjoyable inside as it is from the outside cover :)

  9. Melody Says:

    Julia - I hope so too!

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