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Excerpt from Sidney Sheldon's The Tides of Memory

Excerpt from Sidney Sheldon's The Tides of Memory

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An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with the hallmark elements that made New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon—"the master of the story-telling game" (People)—an international legend: shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an influential family and the beautiful and formidable woman at its center whose dark secrets can destroy them all.

The conservative party's newest superstar, Alexia De Vere has worked hard to realize her political ambitions. The brilliant and ruthless wife of wealthy aristocrat Teddy De Vere, Alexia relishes her power and the control it gives her to shape and destroy lives.

Yet success has also demanded sacrifice. Her daughter, Roxie, a bitter young woman confined to a wheelchair after a failed suicide attempt, blames Alexia for ruining her life. Alexia's dashing son, Michael, is risking the family's good name to jump-start his entre-preneurial dreams. Thankfully, Alexia has Teddy, her devoted husband who will stop at nothing to protect her.

But beneath Alexia De Vere's gilded life and formidable facade lie secrets that are ugly, dirty, and deadly. When long-buried mistakes of her youth begin to resurface, old hatreds are rekindled and Alexia finds herself on the brink of losing everything—her power, her family, and even her own life. Now the woman who rose so high is on the brink of a perilous fall. For when the tides of memory rise, the only thing that might save her is the truth. . . .
An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with the hallmark elements that made New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon—"the master of the story-telling game" (People)—an international legend: shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an influential family and the beautiful and formidable woman at its center whose dark secrets can destroy them all.

The conservative party's newest superstar, Alexia De Vere has worked hard to realize her political ambitions. The brilliant and ruthless wife of wealthy aristocrat Teddy De Vere, Alexia relishes her power and the control it gives her to shape and destroy lives.

Yet success has also demanded sacrifice. Her daughter, Roxie, a bitter young woman confined to a wheelchair after a failed suicide attempt, blames Alexia for ruining her life. Alexia's dashing son, Michael, is risking the family's good name to jump-start his entre-preneurial dreams. Thankfully, Alexia has Teddy, her devoted husband who will stop at nothing to protect her.

But beneath Alexia De Vere's gilded life and formidable facade lie secrets that are ugly, dirty, and deadly. When long-buried mistakes of her youth begin to resurface, old hatreds are rekindled and Alexia finds herself on the brink of losing everything—her power, her family, and even her own life. Now the woman who rose so high is on the brink of a perilous fall. For when the tides of memory rise, the only thing that might save her is the truth. . . .

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PROLOGUE
“W
as there anything else, Home Secretary?”
Alexia De Vere smiled.
 Home secretary.
Surely the most beautiultwo words in the English language. Except or
 prime minister,
o course.The Tory Party’s newest superstar laughed at hersel.
One step at a time 
,
  Alexia.
“No, thank you, Edward. I’ll call i I need you.”Sir Edward Manning nodded briefy and let the room. A senior civilservant in his early sixties and a bastion o the Westminster political es-tablishment, Manning was tall and gray and as rigid as a matchstick. Inthe coming months, Sir Edward would be Alexia De Vere’s constant com-panion: advising, cautioning, expertly guiding her through the maze o Home Oce politics. But right now, in these rst ew hours in the job,Alexia De Vere wanted to be alone. She wanted to savor the sweet tasteo victory without an audience. To sit back and revel in the prooundthrill o power.Ater all, she’d earned it.Getting up rom her desk, she paced around her new oce, a vastaerie o a room perched high in one o the Gothic towers o the Palace o Westminster. The interior design was more unctional than abulous. Amatching pair o ugly brown soas at one end (
those must go
), a simple deskand chair at the other, and a bookcase stued with dusty, unread tomes
 
2
/ Sidney Sheldon
o political history. But none o that mattered once you saw the view.Spectacular didn’t begin to cover it. Floor-to-ceiling windows provided apanoramic vista o London, rom the towers o Canary Whar in the eastto the mansions o Chelsea in the west. It was a view that said one thingand one thing only.Power.And it was all hers.
 I am the 
 
 home secretary o Great Britain. The second-most-important member o Her Majesty’s government.
How had it happened? How had a junior prisons minister, and adeeply unpopular one at that, leaprogged so many other senior candi-dates to land the big job? Poor Kevin Lomax over at Trade and Industrymust be spitting yellow, coee-stained teeth. The thought made AlexiaDe Vere eel warm inside.
 Patronizing old ossil. He wrote me o years ago
,
 but who’s laughing now? 
Pilloried in the press or being wealthy, aristocratic, and out o touchwith ordinary voters, and dubbed the new Iron Lady by the tabloids,Alexia De Vere’s sentencing reorm bill had been savaged by MPs onboth sides o the house or being “compassionless” and “brutal.” No-parole sentences might work in America, a country so barbaric they stillhad the death penalty. But they weren’t going to fy here, in civilizedGreat Britain.That’s what they
 said.
But when push came to shove, they’d all votedthe bill through.
Cowards. Cowards and hypocrites the lot o them.
Alexia De Vere knew how unpopular the bill had made her, with col-leagues, with the media, with lower-income voters. So she was as shockedas everyone else when the prime minister, Henry Whitman, chose to ap-point her as his home secretary. But she didn’t dwell on it. The act was,Henry Whitman
 had 
appointed her. At the end o the day, that was allthat mattered.Reaching into a box, Alexia pulled out some amily photographs. Shepreerred to keep her work and home lives separate, but these days ev-eryone was so touchy-eely, having pictures o one’s children on one’sdesk had become de rigueur.There was her daughter, Roxie, at eighteen, her blond head thrown

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i have only just started and the opening punch is Sidney's. love it so far. has me on the edge of my seat, can't wait to see how Alexia got to where she is. she brings to mind another powerful heroine of Sidney's Kate - in Master of the Game.
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