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The Decision by [Vincenzi, Penny]
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'Teeming with memorable characters, this is pure pleasure, Vincenzi-style' (Woman & Home)

'Glamorous, weepy, indulgent and at times heartbreaking. Oh, and it has some racy bits, too. Hooray!' (Heat)

'There are few things better in life than the knowledge that sitting on your bedside table is the latest novel by Penny Vincenzi... A gem, Penny never fails her devoted fans' (The Daily Express)

'This spectacular novel is utterly captivating' (Closer)

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Sixties London, fashion, affairs and heartbreak - an all-consuming tale from No. 1 bestselling author, Penny Vincenzi. The Original and The Best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2815 KB
  • Print Length: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Review (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320905
  • ASIN: B005IYIA50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 220 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a teenager in the 60s this is just perfect.
It captures the issues so well. The book deals with the hopes and ideals of the postwar period when anything was possible for young people.
The descriptions of the fashion are superb.
Wish I was back.
Great read for all ages.
Recommended
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Loved this book. Definitely recommend.
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bought as a gift
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Good value for money and fast delivery
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This is a great book from an excellent author.
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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.
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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Another Penny Vincenzi classic and well up to her usual high standard. I remember the Sixties well and can vouch for the accuracy of the fashions, the places and the attitudes of all her characters. Property dealer Matt, though not always likeable, is particularly well drawn and typical of that period. As a male reader, I recommend The Decision to any man who would like to understand more about the complexity of female emotions. Nobody writes better about relationships than Penny and she does so with compassion, humour and a sure touch. Not to be missed!
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