More Than You Know
London was the epicenter of cool in the 1960s and 1970s. Internationally bestselling author Penny Vincenzi mines the glamourous worlds of London fashion, advertising, and real estate to concoct a glittering tale of romance and scandal at a time of eroding class distinctions. What happens when love dies in worlds like these? Vincenzi’s answer is More Than You Know.
Eliza Clark tops off her dazzling debutante season by sprinting to the top of one of London’s glossiest fashion magazines. In the spirit of the time, she falls in love with Matt Shaw, a working-class hero who is making his own way as a property developer. The besotted couple marry when Eliza becomes pregnant — and the culture wars begin.
Matt expects Eliza to give up her career and lifestyle to devote herself entirely to looking after his needs and caring for Emmie, their little tyrant of a daughter. Eliza tries — forsaking most of her glamourous friends and bonding with a working class mom she met at the pediatric health clinic. Matt shows his appreciation by saving Summercourt, her family’s estate, from certain sale. But the times they are a’changing, and Eliza eventually convinces Matt that she can handle everything and return to work on a part-time basis.
Despite this difficult compromise, the marriage — strained by tragedy and ambition — dissolves into a bitter divorce and heartwrenching custody battle that is at the center of the story:
It was nearly over then. By this time tomorrow it would be settled. By this time tomorrow she would know. Whether she would still be a mother, a proper mother, the sort who did the ordinary things. . . . Or the other sort, the once-a-week sort. . . .Which would she be? The mother with custody? Or the mother without?
Populated with a memorable cast of characters — from Italian fashion icon Countess Mariella Crespi to Matt’s airline hostess sister Scarlett, who is tired of finding love in all the wrong place. And set in the era’s chicest locations — from Milan to Manhattan — More Than You Know is vintage Vincenzi. It’s a compulsively readable saga about what having it all really means. It’s not great literature, but it is ideally entertaining escapist fiction. And it’s certain to be a summer blockbuster.
More Than You Know is available at amazon.com and at your favorite New York bookstores.