A love affair...between Matt Shaw, self-made property tycoon, and Eliza Clark, dazzling fashion editor and one-time Deb of the Year. Their story spans sixties London, the extravagance of Milan and the lovely decaying country house that has been in Eliza's family for generations, and the source of huge trouble itself.
A marriage...Passionate, and difficult, the conflicts increased by social as well as professional pressures, Matt and Eliza's lives become irrevocably divided and entwined with others: Jeremy Northcott, charming, successful advertising man; the beautiful, flamboyant Italian fashion icon, Mariella Crespi; Matt's sister Scarlett, with her own complex love affairs. And then there is Louise, Matt's touch and sassy business partner, as successful as him and fighting for her own future.
A child...Emmie, adored, precocious, and ultimately the victim of her parents' doomed marriage, she both holds them together and drives them apart. The decision...which is agonizing and desperate, and taken in the divorce courts - where truths will be told, secrets revealed and reputations shattered.
And, at the heart of it all, lies the fate of a little girl.
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what a great listen....I found myself looking for chores to do since that is when I listen to books on my iphone. Gripping emotions grab you from the beginning and hold you to the end.
The narrator does a great job voicing all of the characters with their different dialects and accents and timbres so that you have no trouble telling the difference between them. I strongly recommend this listen!
"One for Vincenzi fans"
If you love the novels of Penny Vincenzi you will not be disappointed with this! It has all the Vincenzi trademarks- the story of a family through a decade (the 1960s this time) and love and friendship across the classes. It is an easy (although very long) engrossing listen and I was completely drawn into the lives of Eliza, Matt and their friends and family. Also, the reader is brilliant and portrays the characters and different accents perfectly. The downside for me was that I found it very difficult to like any of the characters and so by the end
cared very little about the outcome.
If you have never listened to Penny Vincenzi before I don't think this is one of
her best and would highly recommend the classic 'No Angel'
"Cracking tale without throbbing members!!!"
Yes yes yes yes & yes again....I do enjoy Penny V & others with their cracking tales but do we REALLY have to bored ridged (pardon the pun) with throbbing members and the rest of the so called sizzle sex boring rumpy pompy...I was worried about downloading this but very reassured when what in print would be 5 or 6 pages of quick flick turns it was condensed down to the 'cool 100% Egyptian Cotton sheets welcomed them' or similar...please can we have more no boring steamy sex...perhaps do 2 versions in print - 1 for voyeurs & 1 for non interested!
I love a beginning a middle and an end...I've been reading PV for 30 years she did it again!
Over a few days...picked it up when I could.
Penny Vincenzi at her best. Loved this story and didn't want it to come to an end.
Loved going back into the 60s and hearing how easy money was to make then, how property and land was so available after the war damage for entrepreneurs to start up.
A very enjoyable story but beginning to end, did not drag at all and very well narrated. Would highly recommend.
"More audiobooks please"
Just loved it! Very easy to listen to, keep you interested from the first second! Should have more audiobooks from Penny Vincenzi!
"Such a depressing story"
This book was far too long, there was a lot of repetition and the main characters were pretty unlikeable. Upper class but poor Eliza meets working class Matt and, after a very short courtship, marries him and that's where the story starts to go downhill! Matt, who becomes a self-made millionaire, is a bully with a chip on his shoulder the size of Everest and no redeeming qualities that I could see. Eliza, we are supposed to believe, is a successful fashion journalist who allows him to turn her into a stay-at-home drudge and two-thirds of the book deals endlessly with their marriage in which some sex but no affection appears to play a part. The final third is about their divorce which piles more misery onto both of them. I gave the second star because some of the minor characters were rather more appealing, Matt's sister, his long-suffering assistant and Jeremy, the wealthy man that Eliza rejects in favour of Matt being the nicest. I persevered to the end but have read far better books by Penny Vicenzi. I take my hat off to the narrator who did a good job with such dire material.
Any fans of Penny Vincenzi will not be disappointed with this book - I have read them all and i loved this without doubt the best yet, you just don't want it to end.
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