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I have read this book in Dutch, a long time ago, but I still enjoyed reading it in English Justine is furious when out of all the thousands of models in New York, her three girls have been chosen to enter the contest She can t possibly refuse this, or all her models would run away from her agency, but she knows it has been done to manipulate her To make her meet with the big boss, Jacques Necker Her father Her mother has refused to tell her who her father was all her life, until she was dyi I have read this book in Dutch, a long time ago, but I still enjoyed reading it in English Justine is furious when out of all the thousands of models in New York, her three girls have been chosen to enter the contest She can t possibly refuse this, or all her models would run away from her agency, but she knows it has been done to manipulate her To make her meet with the big boss, Jacques Necker Her father Her mother has refused to tell her who her father was all her life, until she was dying And then she sent him the scrap books and photo albums she has kept all her life, to take her revenge on him for abandoning her when she was pregnant As Jacques never did have children with his wife he is now a widower he desperately wants Justine in his life But out of loyalty to her mother, who sacrificed so much to raise her own her own and give her everything she could, Justine keeps refusing his overtures And now she is needed in Paris by her three young models But at the last possible moment, she sends of her assistant Frankie, with the excuses of being unable to fly due to an inner ear infection Jacques is so very sorely disappointed, but he is still a gracious host to Frankie and the three models, and Jordan manages to distract him She is interested in antiques, and Jacques whole house is filled with priceless antique furniture and other items The red headed Tinker used to be a beauty pageant Queen, until she hit puberty, and now she wants her place in the lime light again But she is very insecure, and being trained to be a little doll since she could walk, makes it impossible to her to adapt to the sexy way a model should walk the catwalk during a fashion show Marco Lombardi, the designer, has promised he will teach her and guide her, as he has set his eyes on her to make her his new pet, to break her and let him do to her whatever he wants But she is on to him, and beats him at his own game Still, he works her way too hard, when he chooses her as his main model and as the one to design his clothes on Her new boyfriend Tom Strauss, whom she met their first night in Paris, is not happy with it, he is the jealous type, and he also asks a lot of her energy.Gorgeous classic blond April finally finds out she is gay, and with the help of famous journalist Maude who has come with them to document everything for Maxi Amberville s magazine she starts exploring her sexuality And then she changes her appearance drastically Frankie is unable to keep an eye on the girls, when they want to party and keep escaping her, so she just gives in, and has her own good times with Mike, the photographer that Maude brought with her, and who happens to be the boy she crushed on all through high school And back in New York, Justine unexpectedly finds her own love in the form of a contractor during the biggest snow storm of the year But will she give in and meet with her father She will have to be in Paris for the fashion show I loved reading this book All those main characters and romances are so entertaining to read about, with secrets about the fashion industry revealed Lots of lines and fun and hardship, as a model s life is hard work The man in charge preying on them, and only so very few of them will become world famous Of course some of those bad guys are in this book as well, trying to get their hands on April, Tinker and Jordan And Justine herself Of course Justine is one smart cookie for having started her own model agency while she was still a model herself, and she won t give in to blackmail.I know I will readglitter novels in the future, as they are pure entertainment and give a peak in a world that is so very far away from my own 8 stars I had no idea what genre this novel was, but kind of expected it to be a bit Jackie Collins, that sort of big, dazzling 80 s blockbuster full of sin and sex and affairs and backstabbing and such I don t know if this book made it to those heights, because I didn t get passed the awful, shallow characters Yes, this was set in a fashion world, and yes, I understood the constant harping about looks, but you would lose a whole page orjust describing someone s face, which slowed down the whole I had no idea what genre this novel was, but kind of expected it to be a bit Jackie Collins, that sort of big, dazzling 80 s blockbuster full of sin and sex and affairs and backstabbing and such I don t know if this book made it to those heights, because I didn t get passed the awful, shallow characters Yes, this was set in a fashion world, and yes, I understood the constant harping about looks, but you would lose a whole page orjust describing someone s face, which slowed down the whole novel There was lots of name dropping but without making it clear which names we should remember and which were just names dropped for no real purpose The whole crux of the story seemed to be Justine and her manipulation by GN I couldn t have read the whole novel with him being called that but Justine wasn t our narrator, so any emotional impact that the storyline and the model selection process etc had, we didn t see Instead of Justine wondering about her relationship with GN, whether her business was worth giving in to him, whether she wanted to see him, etc., all we saw was Frankie screaming and shouting like a banshee every other page about things that really didn t matter Frankie wasn t at all likeable, she was shallow and judgemental Her beliefs regarding marriage and relationships were so forced to make her point known, I assume to later be demolished by The One , that it felt forced and not natural at all I couldn t get passed the choice of narrator so I stopped I registered a book at BookCrossing.com I sometimes read what I call airplane reading or escape reading I might even refer to it as junk reading This book, however, is fully deserving of that title It was written in the 1990s but that doesn t excuse Krantz s lack of awareness of certain issues Most upsetting to me, of course, were the animal issues The story is about several models and model managers, so of course we know it will include f I registered a book at BookCrossing.com I sometimes read what I call airplane reading or escape reading I might even refer to it as junk reading This book, however, is fully deserving of that title It was written in the 1990s but that doesn t excuse Krantz s lack of awareness of certain issues Most upsetting to me, of course, were the animal issues The story is about several models and model managers, so of course we know it will include fashion tidbits The models and others in this case wear fur, leather, silk, sheepskin I may have missed the snakeskin and crocodile, but I m sure they would wear those skins as well if there were sufficiently fashionable They eat the usual run of beef, chicken, fish, and also foie gras and veal Nobody gives a damn about what those animals go through to grace their bodies or fill their stomachs Obviously I do That aspect of the book irritated me hugely But a quick hint about the storyline and what else pissed me off Frankie Severino is second in command at a small model management agency She works closely with Justine, who owns the company Of late Justine has been receiving letters and other signs of affection from her father, Jacques Necker Trouble is, Justine grew up as the sole daughter of her mother and never knew her father It was only when she was dying that her mother told her the name of her father Because he had run out on Justine s mother when she became pregnant all those years ago, Frankie is not well disposed to him and does not want anything to do with him Over the years Necker has accumulated a great deal of wealth and he decides on a complex scheme to bring his daughter to see him in Paris She s onto him, though, and avoids the trap However, three of her models, accompanied by Frankie, head for Paris to work the runway for a show financed by Necker So we have four young attractive women in Paris And we have Justine back in NYC coping with a broken furnace and an attractive repairman Love breaks out all over the place There are other side issues, of course, but the main theme seems to be that we need romantic love to make our lives complete It s pathetic The whole book runs on a 1950s axis I hope that the next person who reads it agrees with at least some of my positions How can you ignore it all How fun this book was I really enjoyed it as a welcome change of pace Ahhh the good economy Happy memories there This is set in 1994 where opulence was at it s height The characters were very well done and I related and cared for them The storyline, while on the surface sounds dull, was quite good Lots of over the top nonsense that just added to the fun I rate my books on a few criteria 1 How good it is FOR ITS GENRE Let s remember, this is meant to be entertaining chick lit, no How fun this book was I really enjoyed it as a welcome change of pace Ahhh the good economy Happy memories there This is set in 1994 where opulence was at it s height The characters were very well done and I related and cared for them The storyline, while on the surface sounds dull, was quite good Lots of over the top nonsense that just added to the fun I rate my books on a few criteria 1 How good it is FOR ITS GENRE Let s remember, this is meant to be entertaining chick lit, nothing2 How much it entertained me and how well I related to character development 3 How well it is written again, given the genre Given the above, this one gets four stars, mostly for the sheer entertainment 01 20 14 Maybe all chick lit is like this and I m just not familiar, but this was terrible It was flighty and confusing, the characters didn t stand out, and it was simply ridiculous in the way these strong, independent women gave up their lives within an hour of meeting a man I was not impressed. The perfect book to read on a cruise I found it in the ship s library I loved Judith Krantz s other novels, Scruples especially, and this one doesn t disappoint Ms Krantz herself compares it to The Love Boat, with everyone pairing off at the end, but not until after the usual misunderstandings and steamy sex scenes Ooh la la Nice sudsy name dropping fashiony romance It s not my favorite Judith Krantz novel but the characters are engaging and the plot is shallow A good beach read or Sunday morning on the couch kinda book. *Free Epub ⇙ Spring Collection ⇳ PASSIONIn a tale as timely as Scruples, as compelling as Dazzle, asintriguing as Mistral s Daughter, Judith Krantz launches three innocentbeauties on the city of fashion and loveANDALIt s the hottest thing that s ever happened to Loring Model Management Threeof its unknown models have been chosen to star in the debut spring collectionof bad boy designer Marco Lombardi and one of them will win an exclusive, multimillion dollar contract But the agency s owner, Justine Loring, isfurious Only she knows that Lombardi s billionaire backer, Jacques Necker, has set her up, hoping to manipulate her into chaperoning her models to Paris, and meeting him face to faceAMOURBut Justine isn t about to play his game She dispatches these threesensational girls the classic Minnesota blond, the African American goddess, and the moody Tennessee redhead in care of her second in command, fiery, drollFrancesca Severino Little does Justine know how their two weeks of discoveryand love affairs will be matched by an explosive encounter in Manhattan thatwill change her own lifeME THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE entirely silly trash, but muchgood natured and progressive than the writer sfamous Scruples My mama never should have let me read this when I was 17 Geez.