An Affair Before Christmas, Paperback

An Affair Before Christmas Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


One spectacular Christmas, Miss Perdita 'Poppy' Selby met the man she thought she would love forever.

The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was everything a convent-educated girl wished for in a suitor, and their wedding day was perfect.

Unfortunately, no one had quite prepared Poppy for what would happen next.

Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of London society, but behind closed doors the spark of their love affair has burned out.

Fortunately, Poppy has a friend in Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont.

Jemma, who is toying with another man herself, reveals to Poppy a world of strategy and desire that will change Poppy's whole outlook on love forever.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9780340961063



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I really did enjoy this story about a young woman who finds herself very confused, told by her mother what she should expect and how she should react to sex in her marriage. Her mother is soured by her experience with her husband. This leads to their relationship souring. Perdita 'Poppy' Selby now Duchess Fletcher, is trying hard to be the perfect wife, unaware that she is driving a wedge between herself and her husband, finally she cracks and goes to stay with Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, who is toying with another man herself, during this period Poppy learns how to love herself and how to be herself, but how will the Duke react when they come together again?I did enjoy this, you could see how the situation set itself up and how the two characters could have ended up in the situation. I also liked some of the background characters and couldn't but feel a little sorry for Poppy's mother, who was more to be pitied than scorned, I don't know that she knew any better.

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Another book with an interesting central idea, what happens after the fairytale wedding, well for Poppy and Fletch it’s a slowly crumbling marriage because Poppy, whose mother rigourously trained her to always act as a Duchess should, doesn't like sex. Eventually their marriage crumbles and Poppy moves in with another unhappily married women, Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont. While her mother moves in with Fletch and the scene is set for the pair to repair their marriage. A fun read.

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