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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penny Vincenzi Narrator: Rosalyn Lando Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot-twist queen.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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. Brew a pot of tea and grab some biscuits. You’ll enjoy this More Than You Know.”

    USA Today

  • “[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.”

    Washington Post

  • “With her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming.”


  • “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…More Than You Know is vintage Vincenzi. It’s a compulsively readable saga about what having it all really means…Certain to be a summer blockbuster.”


  • “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.”

    Daily Express

  • “A lively romp filled with fashion, scandal, and lots of glamour, all tied up for the requisite happy ending.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An intriguing glimpse at British life at the outset of the turbulent 1960s.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A cultural portrait, painted in brilliant pop-culture colors.”


  • “Teeming with memorable characters, this is pure pleasure, Vincenzi-style.”

    Woman & Home 

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashlee | 2/15/2014

    " I got this book by accident, it has the same title as another I wanted to read. But it seemed interesting enough. But it infuriated me. I never considered myself a feminist until I was reading this book and wanting to alternately strangle the main character and her husband. It was so hard to remember that the book was set in the 60s and 70 s, thus the opinions and characters were formed of the time. I can say the author certainly nailed the coming-of-feminism characters. But personally, I can't rate the book any higher because the characters drove me crazy with their emotionally abusive and co-dependent relationship. I liked a lot of the side stories better than the main one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/10/2014

    " It's interesting because I just re-read all of the reviews for this book and everyone just LOVED the book. And, well, I did not love this book. I even feel conflicted about giving it 3 stars. I think it's a very well written book. It's a very readable book. And personally, I really enjoyed *all* of the cast of characters EXCEPT the two main characters: Matt and Eliza. To be honest, I hated them. Matt I found patronizing and rude and a horrible husband and, yes, a horrible father (refusing to set boundaries, playing off his wife against his daughter, and more). Eliza starts out as a strong, beautiful woman who quickly lets a man turn her into a weak woman who doesn't even closely resemble the woman she wanted to spend her life being. How can any female writer enjoy reading a book about such characters? They basically play off each other's weaknesses and destroy each other. Thankfully the author is such a good writer that the rest of the cast of characters are a joy to read, and there are plenty stories surrounding them to make the rest of the book enjoyable (Matt's coworkers, his sister, Eliza's first serious boyfriends, some of her work friends, etc.). So I would leave it up to the individual on whether they'd want to read this book or not. I don't regret reading the book, because it is a well-written book (and I have read many poorly written books that I DO think were a waste of time, this book was not a waste of time). But I was/am just SO frustrated by the main characters... that I truly can't understand why so many people loved the book and rated it so highly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ehbooklover | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't finish this book. Here's why: the characters were completely and totally unlikeable. Matt is a racist, sexist jerk and Eliza's lack of a backbone frustrated me to no end . I couldn't take any more. So I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margie | 1/30/2014

    " While this story didn't fully grip me, I did enjoy it. I wasn't glued to my couch reading it, but I was interested enough in following where the story went. "

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