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Summary

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.

©2002 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"This is Jilly in top form with her most sparkling novel to date." (Evening Standard)

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ok

I did enjoy this but I feel this is the weakest in the Rutshires

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Superb book!!!

Unexpected and exhilarating x pure Jilly - highly recommended x ps poor Taggie omg I felt for her!

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another excellent JC book

if you love the other books you will enjoy this one. great narration too. lots of favourite characters interwoven throughout the story.

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Didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in the series. Didn't seem as witty and found the story a bit boring.

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Sublime!

Jilly Cooper is a genius. Wonderful story. I’ve read it about three times but loved listening. So enjoyed it.

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Guilty pleasure

Love these books, a total escape from reality and easy to get lost in. Will read again and again.

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One of my favourite Jilly Cooper stories.

Great characters and good fun. Plenty of highs and lows and more highs. Enjoyed it as much as Riders and Mount.

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  • Lu
  • 27-09-18

Tedious

Having reached chapter 8, I'm giving up. Predictable horror of war Nympho minx tempestuous diva Softly spoken understated abused husband Nothing has happened. Chapter 8 and it still feels like it's the rambling prologue. This reads like Cooper was ploughing through writer's block with an agent demanding words on paper.

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  • Nichola
  • 17-07-20

Addicted

ok, my friends are 'too cool for school' in that they are horrified at my J.Cooper addiction.... how can you swing from S.Sontag one minute to Cooper the next.... easy, not only is she an atidote to today's P.C propoganda she is a wonderful story teller and describer of animals and nature. Jilly Cooper is adorable.