It’s 1958, and Eliza Clark has it all: good looks, a privileged upbringing, and a fast-paced career as a successful magazine editor. High fashion means high life, and she’s constantly jetting to Paris and Milan to take in the latest by Chanel, Dior, and Pucci. But when she falls head over heels for Matt Snow, an edgy working-class boy, and becomes pregnant, she is expected to give up her glamorous lifestyle and get married.
Although their marriage is intensely passionate, it soon begins to fracture. When their divorce ends in a dramatic custody battle over their little girl, Emmie, and Summercourt, the country estate that has been in her family for generations, it leaves Eliza with a difficult decision: Love? Or money?
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It all comes down to love or money in a harrowing custody battle over a little girl, set against the glossy backdrop of the magazine and advertising worlds in 1960s London.
A privileged girl from a privileged class, Eliza has a dazzling career in the magazine world of the 1960s. But when she falls deeply in love with Matt, an edgy working-class boy, she gives up her ritzy, fast-paced lifestyle to get married.
By the end of the decade, however, their marriage has suffered a harrowing breakdown, culminating in divorce and a dramatic courtroom custody battle over their little girl. Also at risk is Eliza’s gorgeous family home, a pawn in the game, which she can’t bear to give up.
True to form, Penny Vincenzi introduces a devious cast of characters seemingly plucked from the pages of sixties- and seventies-era magazines, as she deftly maneuvers between the glamorous, moneyed worlds of fashion and advertising, and a heart-wrenching custody battle going on in the courtroom where the social mores of the time are on full display.
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“[A] glamour-drenched guilty pleasure.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Penny Vincenzi writes . . . fast-paced novels with plots and subplots so deftly manipulated that it’s impossible to start reading one and still lead a productive life.” —The Washington Post “Just in time to fill the gap between seasons of Downton Abbey, Vincenzi’s book captures all the elements Anglophiles love: romance that crosses social boundaries; meddling matriarchs; witty dialogue; and characters so richly drawn you’ll feel as if you’ve lost friends when the book is over.” —USA Today
“With her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming.” —People “A lively romp filled with fashion, scandal, and lots of glamour, all tied up for the requisite happy ending.” —Publishers Weekly
“The plot-twist queen.” —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Queen of the Big Time
“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
“A cultural portrait, painted in brilliant pop-culture colors.” —Bookreporter
“Teeming with memorable characters, this is pure pleasure, Vincenzi-style.” —Woman & Home