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on 5 August 2012
This is a very long book, and I have given it two stars as I did finish it. Penny Vincenzi captures the 1960s London quite well, with the working class, especially in fashion and property, starting to make inroads into the previous middle class/aristocracy strongholds in these businesses. However the characterisations of many of the people who PV has written about lean towards caricature.
It is virtually impossible to believe that the very naive Eliza,is capable of being a success in the cut throat business of magazines or in Fleet Street, as is the case of a family who perhaps with the help of others could afford for their daughter to "do the season" and come out as a debutante, whilst their house is virtually falling down through lack of maintenance.
The plot development is very obvious, the key changes might as well have been written in red type, giving the reader little chance of any surprises.
The Decision is about a child custody case, and after giving enormous importance to the child care arrangements of a supposed working mother, plus the dedication to his business of the working father, PV fails to let the reader know how these things are carried out following the outcome of the case.
The ending was very unsatisfactory, leaving the reader feeling that the time they have taken reading this long novel was a waste of time. I will not be purchasing any more of her books.