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An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James
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Feb 03, 2012

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Read on February 03, 2012

While I didn't have quite as much fun with this one as Desperate Duchesses, it wasn't bad. I am confused why everyone is focusing on Poppy's hair as the source of her marital discontent when it truly is all the garbage her mother poured into her head. Poppy is set up as the heroine who has been drilled in how "proper" women should act - as everyone knows, "proper" women NEVER look disheveled or appear to enjoy their husbands' attentions - and, while a bit simplistic, it takes a bath (and an eye-opening haircut) where Fletch essentially makes her realize that a man doesn't want a starched and perfectly coiffed woman in his bed. Not to mention all the nasty things that come along with powdered Georgian hairdos. The psychology of a verbally-abused child is there even if James doesn't spell it out.
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