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.
©2011 Penny Vincenzi (P)2011 Headline
This is by far the best book I have downloaded yet. 30 hours seemed daunting, but I hated for it to finally end. There were no wasted words, so if you are like me and do not like endless description, this is a great book. The character development was great, the story was great. Well I am not one for long reviews, suffice to say I would give this a 10 if I could. A marvellous family saga, enough romance in it without being too sappy, and certainly it was all believable. It takes place in the 60's to 70's in London. I so recommend this book.
I have read every Vincenzi book and this was my first audio version. I really enjoyed it and the narrator was superb. I will be sticking with audio from now on as i was truely transported from London to Italy and back again, I loved it!!
Disliked the narrator too many really bad accents from the narrator, condescending and painful to listen to.
"Enjoyable easy listening"
I enjoyed this book - although the story is perhaps a little predictable. Nevertheless I enjoyed listening to it. At first I found the narration a little irritating, but soon got into the story and found it quite suitable to the story.
"Excellent novel, extremely well written."
Absolutely because I love the characters so much.
I love the way Penny Vincenzi gets inside her characters. As a reader I feel I not only know the characters but they are personal friends of mine. I become emotionally involved with each one of them.
Sandra Duncan performs all the characters extremely well.
I love the length of Penny Vincenzi long novels
"I'd have made the Decision earlier"
more than just a chick lit but does have a happy ever after quality.
not everyone needs a man/women to for fill their lives and this is set a little earlier than my time but found that relationships a bit frustrating at times.
I did however enjoy this read/listen
I just found this rather long and rather dull nothing seems to happen, I did give it about three hours but had to give up.
Involving plot line, interesting characters, well written and read. I enjoyed from start to finish. Vincenzi at her very best!
The amazing story told by a first class narrator !
All the characters had fullness and body so I really can't choose.
Sandra Duncan, what a gifted narrator, she switches between female and male voices with speed and accuracy .... Giving each character body and spirit.
Life is never simple.
Penny Vincenzi knows her upperclass world with whit and understanding, having spent the 80s on the London scene it was fantastic to be part of it again. Very well done. I am now an ardent fan. Thank you for your works, they make my long car journeys through rush hour traffic enjoyable.
"Epic tale that keeps you listening"
This is a very long book that kept me gripped from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns that kept the interest all along. More penny Vincenzci please
"bit girly but a great story"
Definitely a woman's book but a brilliant story and very compelling, found myself listening to it at all times of the day including in the bathroom! Penny Vincenzi never fails to deliver!
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