The Perfect Happiness

The Perfect Happiness

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by Santa Montefiore
     
 

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Wonderfully wise Santa Montefiore will capture your heart with this "bittersweet and thought-provoking"* novel about a modern wife who must ask herself, Would I risk everything for love?

A wife who has forgotten her own beauty and allure. A distant, distracted husband. A smart, candlelit dinner party, witty conversation, and a charmingly rugged vineyard

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Wonderfully wise Santa Montefiore will capture your heart with this "bittersweet and thought-provoking"* novel about a modern wife who must ask herself, Would I risk everything for love?

A wife who has forgotten her own beauty and allure. A distant, distracted husband. A smart, candlelit dinner party, witty conversation, and a charmingly rugged vineyard owner from South Africa. So begins Santa Montefiore’s powerful and poignant new novel in which a woman who finds herself in a common predicament must confront the most unlikely aspects of herself.

"I hope you don’t mind my writing to you," begins the first e-mail bestselling children’s book author Angelica receives from Jack. Surely it can’t do any harm to indulge in a mild flirtation. After all, she wouldn’t risk her stable marriage and the happiness of her treasured children. But things don’t stop at an e-mail, and when Angelica goes to Cape Town for a book tour, her affair with Jack begins in earnest. On their last day together, he makes a stunning confession, and now everything Angelica thought she knew about love and passion, safety and experience, right and wrong are entirely upended once again.

A tender book about the true meaning of love and happily ever after, The Perfect Happiness is for any woman who has ever looked up from her steady, secure life and secretly wondered "what if . . ."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Angelica Lariviere is living in London and seems to have it all: a handsome French banker husband, two adorable children, devoted friends, and a successful career as a children's book author. Then she meets Jack Meyer at a dinner party, and her world turns upside down. They hit it off immediately, and the flirtation advances from words to deeds. Things really heat up on a trip to South Africa, where Jack owns vineyards and Angelica is on a book tour. When she returns home, she begins to realize how rich her life is and what she would be risking by following her desire. This run-of-the-mill female midlife crisis novel has few surprises and even the ending twist will be caught early on by any reader who's paying attention. While Montefiore's supporting characters sparkle, her leads are dull, especially in their pseudophilosophical repartee. Cuckolded husband Olivier becomes more interesting as the story progresses, but Angelica and Jack fail to set off any sparks. (June)
From the Publisher

“Montefiore's supporting characters sparkle.” --Publishers Weekly

“Montefiore’s prose is as fizzy as the Bellinis her heroine favors, and the author’s sensual style wonderfully conjures…settings that range from upscale restaurants to shantytowns… escapism of the highest order.” --Booklist

“Women will relate to this story about learning to be content with what you have.” --Woman's Day

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602857971
Publisher:
Center Point Large Print
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author


Santa Montefiore is the internationally bestselling author of several novels, including The French Gardener and The Last Voyage of the Valentina. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children. Visit her website at SantaMontefiore.com.

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The Perfect Happiness 2.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, Angelica Lariviere lives the perfect life. Her husband Olivier the French banker adores her and their two precocious children love her. On top of that she a popular children's book author with friends who think the world of her and her family. At a dinner party Angelica and Jack Meyer meet. They are instantly attracted to one another flirt seemingly harmlessly until it turns into a heated tryst. They hook up in Capetown, South Africa where she is on a book tour and he owns vineyards. Angelica knows she has complex decisions to make that she puts off until she returns to England where she assesses what she would lose if she pursued passion. This is an intriguing character driven relationship tale in which Angelica as the key protagonist must choose between seemingly tedious comfort and passionate zeal. The support cast is strong especially her family and friends while ironically her lover brings out her passion yet fails to do so with readers even when he provides a stunning revelation. Fans will wonder will Angelica choose her family or her lover as she understands that her personality is radically different with each of them. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was OK. I couldnt put the book down as I was curious to know what was going to happen between Angelica and Jack. The relationship between Jack and his wife was rather weird. I mean, she wanted him to enjoy life before moving on, but I couldnt believe she was that willing to loosen up his leash that much. I really dont have much words to describe this story besides that it was OK. Would I read it again? Probably not. Each individual has their own preferences so, I'm not going to sit here and say "don't read it" or "must read it now." To each their own...
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Nanaliz More than 1 year ago
My least favorite of Montefiore's books - I the main character - an author of children's books is talented - but she has gossipy friends - who are unworthy of her I thought her affair quite dumb
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It ends the way it is supposed to for a true love story. It is the first book of hers that I have read and won't be the last, I really enjoyed it.
CasaG More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I have loved every other book by Santa Montefoire but not this one. There is no story!
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EBarry More than 1 year ago
All I can say is don't bother.