A QUESTION OF TRUST is vintage Penny Vincenzi: rich with characters, life-changing decisions, love, desire and conflict.
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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.
The late Vincenzi (A Perfect Heritage) demonstrates her talent for weaving a dizzying cast of characters together into a historical epic that spans the middle decades of the 20th century. Born in England in the wake of WWI, Tom Knelston is a postmaster's son whose intelligence and ambition help him rise to a position of prominence in the Labour Party following WWII. That position sustains him following the death of his wife in childbirth. Diana Southcott is born into a stifling life of privilege but leaves her husband to forge a modeling career. As Tom's second marriage falters, he and Diana tumble into an affair that jeopardizes Tom's family and his career. A secondary plot featuring Jillie, a promising obstetrician, and Ned, a gay pediatrician who fears for his professional prospects if he's outed, is far more emotionally gripping, but the imbalance between their story and Tom's leaves the work feeling off-kilter and unfulfilling. The story is solid, but each scene plays out like a snapshot, with plenty of color but no real depth.