Book: The Decision - Penny Vincenzi

Rating: 3/5

This book is like a doorstop – 757 pages! And I enjoyed every word.  The story is set in the swinging ’60s when Eliza, a posh girl about town, marries Matt, a working-class boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

He is by no means poor – his property business brings him great wealth but his conservative beliefs put him and his new wife on a collision course.

Eliza, who was a highly rated fashion editor, soon finds herself stifled as a stay-at-home mom raising their daughter, Emmie. The marriage unravels and a bitter divorce and custody battle ensues.

The tale moves between their lives in London and the beautiful but decaying country home where Eliza grew up. The family and young Emmie love the home but it is falling apart because they no longer have the money to maintain it.

There are many other love affairs interwoven throughout the story but the overriding passionate love which turns to hate between Eliza and Matt is as horrifying as it is riveting.

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