Dunne, Jun 2003, 13,95, 438 pp.
In Hampshire England, for the two decades that she has been married to sixty-years old Max Valour, Prue and her stepdaughter Violet have never gotten along with each other. Pleased with her marriage, Prue enjoys her current life raising their young child Jane and working on a Joan of Arc bio. However, her contented days end when Violet returns from living in the states. Accompanying Violet is her spouse James Beckett who is closer to Prue's age than his spouse and an unwanted baby.
James immediately finds himself attracted to the kind Prue, whom he considers a peer, unlike his much younger obsessed wife. Prue finds in James a passion she has never known in her marriage. Though they both know this illicit affair is morally wrong, neither one of the lovers can stop committing adultery. However, what will happen when their mates, father and daughter, draw the obvious conclusion of what is occurring behind their backs.
PERFECT LOVE is an honest look at extramarital relationships. The characters are all brilliantly designed so that readers can understand everyone's motives. The alternating scenes between Prue and her research on Joan of Arc for the most part proves enjoyable and intelligent, but at times slows down the plot. Without lecturing or preaching, award winning Elizabeth Buchan provides a witty, sharp, but ugly examination of families after the loving seems burned to an unrecognizable crisp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner