A Question Of Trust, Penny Vincenzi

A Question Of Trust opening line: Tom Knelston was very fond of saying that the first time he met Diana Southcott he had been up to his waist in shit.

A Question Of Trust

My blurb:

World War Two is going to change the face of British politics and society in ways that are unimaginable to Tom Knelston in 1936. He is a commoner who aspires to greatness and this is his story and how he achieved it. Diana Southcott is from the other side of the tracks. Her life is so different to Tom’s and yet they become the closest of friends. But does that friendship overstep the boundaries of their respective marriages?

A Question Of Trust

1950s London. Tom Knelston is charismatic, working class and driven by ambition, ideals and passion. He is a man to watch. His wife Alice shares his vision. It seems they are the perfect match.

Then out of the blue, Tom meets beautiful and unhappily married Diana Southcott, a fashion model. An exciting but dangerous affair is inevitable and potentially damaging to their careers. And when a child becomes ill, Tom is forced to make decisions about his principles, his reputation, his marriage, and most of all, his love for his child.

My verdict:

Books that start with a character list are not off to a good start in my opinion. And one that has 85 people in the story is just way too much. This coupled with the fact that the paragraphs begin with a vague reference to someone in this list made for a tedious read. It takes me a week at the most to read a book, and while on holiday I read 5 books in 14 days. This one took a month! It was however interesting in that I learnt more about the Labour Party and the NHS.

Publishing information:

ISBN 9780755377633

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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