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Perfect Love

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  168 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
How far would she go for the Perfect Love?

Many things can disrupt a long-time marriage. Prue Valour, 41, has spent her adulthood keeping house, making meals for her older husband, Max, and being a mother to their preadolescent daughter. Despite the comforts of life in their small English village, a vague discontent nags at Prue. But change is set in motion with the return
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 4th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1995)
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Perfect Love by Elizabeth Buchan is a women’s fiction novel, about Prue a woman, wife, mother, and stepmother in her forties, who begins to be lured into infidelity. This is a classic midlife crisis family drama novel, with complex family relationships and situations. There is also an awkward running Joan of Arc metaphor that really doesn't work and could be eliminated from the novel altogether.

I have read several of Elizabeth Buchan’s books and I have a strange relationship with them, I always
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Well sketched characters. Ending could have been a bit less abrupt. However, it is realistically portrayed. An essentially good woman's feeling of being torn between her family obligations vs. her own self-hood. The Joan analogy doesn't work well though. Intrusive wherever it is brought in, and takes away from the overall effect- these sections can be skipped with no loss to reader. Average older-chic-lit.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I could identify with Prue. Her husband and step-daughter really didn't appreciate her.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have always loved any of Buchan's books, but I found this one to be a more difficult read. It was good, but it took me a while to finish
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morals

Finished reading: Perfect Love / Elizabeth Buchanan ...... 26.08.2015
ISBN 10: 0330344730
ISBN 13: 9780330344739

Back to an Aga saga after a bit of a break, and what a disappointment. I kept reading hoping there would be a bright spot at the end – but there wasn't.

This story is populated with characters who are, variously, selfish, self-centred, stupid, immature, weak, lacking self-control, manipulative .... and by the end there was scarcely an improvement in any of them.

This is a bleak story about
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty deep for chick lit! It got better and better as it went on, and then it started getting super deep without warning. However, the Joan of Arc metaphor was intrusive, obnoxious, and a stretch. She should re-release the book without it.
Susan Sawicki
A Slow Story

I chose this rating because it felt like this story never really got off the ground. The middle chapters were stagnant, with the most lively and interesting aspects occurring in the last few chapters.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
the tension of relationships, adultery and love are felt on every page. i read this last of all her books and it was excellent
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
It was ok an easy read
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I really like her books. Entertaining and smart - a rare combination.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad, womens-fiction
tip zapelje Eeno od oDeta svoje Eene. ni res mati, vendaar vseeno. Mi glih cool ...more
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Shelves: i-quit
Too much like real life. I read about half of it, and it was good. Don't let my desire for fantasy/sci fi stop you.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it
would read more of Elizabeth Buchan's books
Heather Parker
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Too boring to finish. I hate putting books down halfway, but this one just couldn't hold my interest and I didn't want to waste time.
Emma Long
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looks at the sad reality of an affair from all the people involveds perspectives. A good read.
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Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily – reviewed in the Independent as ‘a gorgeously well written tale: funny, sad and sophisticated’. ...more
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