- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; First U. S. Edition First Printing edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385528256
- ISBN-13: 978-0385528252
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More Than You Know: A Novel Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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"Nobody writes smart, page-turning commercial women's fiction like Vincenzi." —USA Today
About the Author
PENNY VINCENZI is the international bestselling author of fourteen novels, including Sheer Abandon, An Absolute Scandal, The Best of Times, and the highly successful Lytton family trilogy. Before becoming a full-time novelist, she worked as a journalist for Vogue, Tattler, and Cosmopolitan, among other publications. She was also the first fashion editor at Nova, a seminal woman's magazine of the 1960s, known as Britain's "style bible." Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and South Wales.
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Against this backdrop, we view the issues of the times: women struggling to find their place in the world of work, while men are forced to reexamine their own views of the roles of men and women. Front and center in this tale are Eliza Fullerton-Clark and Matt Shaw, two people from different worlds drawn together by their passion. Two people whose values are so different that one wonders how they lasted as long as they did. Their child is the glue that holds them together for a good part of their marriage, and in the end, the child will become the centerpiece in an ugly and destructive custody battle.
All the supporting characters were intriguing in their own way, from Scarlett, Matt's sister, to Mariella, a beautiful socialite that Eliza met while working on a fashion magazine. The careers, relationships, and how these characters were swept along with the times, showing us their interior and exterior worlds, kept me glued to the pages, even as I sometimes grew impatient with their behavior and their thinking.
Vincenzi has a way of delving into the gritty lives of the characters, and as the marriage between Eliza and Matt disintegrates, she depicts how the characters have come to some realizations about the institution and what befalls it:
"Marriages do not suddenly drop dead; they expire slowly, from a thousand cutting words, a million misunderstandings, from an unwillingness to apologize to a willingness to take revenge. There is a dawning--slow at first, then gathering pace--that things are not as they were and moreover not as they should be, that responses are not what is hoped for, that disappointment is more frequent than delight, that resentment is more persistent than forgiveness, all remarked upon and brooded over and then stored angrily away. Desire dies; affection withers; trust becomes a memory."
As I finished the story and felt that glow that comes with a satisfying ending, I knew that I had revisited a season of change in the lives of the characters that mirrored those felt by any of us who lived through those times. I could feel again what it was like to experience the passions, desires, and ambitions that burst upon us all when traditions were cast aside in favor of new ideas. Four stars.
as we would have known them quite personally. The places she spins her yarns in and the times, holds us till we have to read and see where her plots thickens and unwinds in her many directions.
There are many times we have trouble putting her books aside until we have come to her conclusion or the end of the story. So very hard to stop once you have started.
We can't wait to start her next books.
Thank you for making interesting reading.
No surprises here, and no mystery. Hope next book will be like the "oldies". ;-(
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He was absolutely horrid.
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