Twenty years of marriage to older Max has seen a busy, contented Prue through the stresses of a resentful stepdaughter and motherhood. Now, Violet has returned with her new husband from New York and, suddenly, Prue is precipitated into a secret life.
The small village in Hampshire and the city are very different places and, as Prue now moves between the two, she traces the boundaries between innocence and difficult knowledge, between the gluttony and surrender of desire and the stark realities that result. Pinpointing the battleground of the modern – and second – marriage, this is a novel of the extraordinary bargains and accommodations that are struck between people who love one another.
"Modern marriage and its compromises... a terrific, compassionate, compelling novel" - Daily Mail
"A gem, filled with keen observations and uncanny descriptions" - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Adultery... handled with care and moral intelligence. What a good writer Buchan is" - Daily Telegraph
"A powerful story: wise, observant, deeply-felt, with elements all women will recognise with a smile - or a shudder. Very highly recommended" - Good Book Guide
"Is Buchan the new Trollope?... a terrific new novel... Buchan's compassionate novel has an integral wisdom" - Daily Mail
"The allure lies in the disparity between what its heroine is supposed to be and what she does. The intracicies of Prue's love affair keep the novel bowling along" - Sunday Times
"Beautifully written with not a word wasted, PERFECT LOVE is as addictive as any affair" - Publishing News