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The Decision by [Vincenzi, Penny]
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`this spectacular novel is utterly captivating.'
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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 218 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read the 2 reviews of this book, one good, one not so good. I am 79% through this book and I can hardly bear to read any more too quickly, simply because I don't want it to ever be finished. For me, it is absolutely unputdownable, and it is Penny at her best.

I have read all of her other books you have for sale, and although one of your readers says her books all follow the same theme, that in no way detracts from the unbelievable skill this writer shows in them all.

I wish I could heap far more praise on the book in detail, but I am not qualified enough to write the skilled reviews many of your readers can - I can only say that I rate this book at 5 stars, and if there were more stars available I would tick them all.

I don't know how long it will be before another new one emerges, but I'll be first in the queue, and have no hesitation in buying it immediately.
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Penny Vincenzi has returned to her more familiar formula of the rich aristocracy v the working class, albeit set in the swinging 60s rather than the early part of the 20th century.

She mines a fiction seam that has been ruthlessly exploited by many others before. Spirited opinionated society girl Eliza (genteel but poor parents) falls in love with working class man made good, successful businessman Matthew.

Their story is the main focus but there are spotlights on others: Eliza's working class friend Heather, a somewhat unlikely alliance; a spoiled Italian countess; the stern lawyer Toby and Matthew's brazen sister Scarlett.

I've always enjoyed Vincenzi's books because they usually have very complex and intricate plots. This one didn't: it was a slow plodding read through to the inevitable court case and a happy ending. Her prose has a tendency towards breathlessness and too much usage of the semi-colon. Fortunately this was reined in after the first couple of chapters. It was as if she had breathed out and become more disciplined (a new editor, perhaps?). But she is still inclined towards describing everything as "nice," whether it is extremely nice, terribly nice or exceedingly nice. In the love scenes couples inevitably "soar," which they do in all of her novels.

I didn't find either of the main characters very sympathethic. The fact that Matthew insisted on his wife being at home and not working was not unusual in the 60s. My own father did the same. Matthew seems to turn into a different person halfway through the book, suddenly becoming unemotional and detached. Eliza's behaviour is quite appalling, and although it is supposed to be countered by her kindness towards Heather, it didn't quite work for me. Their daughter is a true abomination.
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Format: Hardcover
Another very interesting novel by Penny Vincenzi. It is simply unputdownable .The prose is beautiful and has brought the characters to life from the very beginning. It is an eye opener in the trauma of diverse particularly when a small child is involved and would make one think twice before going through the damn procedure, you may shed a tear at places but overall it is a very fascinating tale.
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Penny Vincenzi's novels have always been one of my guilty pleasures so I pre-ordered this and saved it for my holiday. I never leave books behind in hotel rooms but made an exception for this one.

What a terrible disappointment. No plot to speak of, no likeable characters, a conclusion beyond dreadful - what WAS she thinking with that gymkhana chapter? You'll have to do an awful lot better before I buy another of your books again, Penny.
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