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Penny Vincenzi (1939 – 2018), best-selling author

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Her books featured romance and family secrets

LONDON (AP) — British writer Penny Vincenzi, whose stories of romance, rivalry and family secrets topped best-seller lists, has died. She was 78. 

Publisher Headline says Vincenzi died peacefully Sunday. The cause of death wasn't given. 

Vincenzi worked as a journalist before publishing her first novel "Old Sins," in 1989. Her 17 novels and two story collections sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Her last book, "A Question of Trust," was published in 2017. 


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Her four daughters said in a statement Tuesday that she was "a true trailblazer" who broke down barriers. Fellow novelist Sophie Kinsella said Vincenzi was "like one of her own novels: once you were in her company you didn't want to say goodbye." 

She is survived by daughters Polly Harding, Sophie Cornish, Emily Gunnis and Claudia Vincenzi. 

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