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The Affair

The Affair

A Novel

  • reading group guide
Previously published as The Perfect Happiness

Wonderfully wise Santa Montefiore will capture your heart with this "bittersweet and thought-provoking"* novel about a modern wife who must ask herself, Would I risk everything for love?

A wife who has forgotten her own beauty and allure. A distant, distracted husband. A smart, candlelit dinner party, witty conversation, and a charmingly rugged vineyard owner from South Africa. So begins Santa Montefiore’s powerful and poignant new novel in which a woman who finds herself in a common predicament must confront the most unlikely aspects of herself.

"I hope you don’t mind my writing to you," begins the first e-mail bestselling children’s book author Angelica receives from Jack. Surely it can’t do any harm to indulge in a mild flirtation. After all, she wouldn’t risk her stable marriage and the happiness of her treasured children. But things don’t stop at an e-mail, and when Angelica goes to Cape Town for a book tour, her affair with Jack begins in earnest. On their last day together, he makes a stunning confession, and now everything Angelica thought she knew about love and passion, safety and experience, right and wrong are entirely upended once again.

A tender book about the true meaning of love and happily ever after, The Affair is for any woman who has ever looked up from her steady, secure life and secretly wondered "what if . . ."
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439183465 | 
  • June 2010
List Price $14.99
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Perfect Happiness includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Santa Montefiore. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

Bestselling children’s book author Angelica Lariviere lives in an upper class neighborhood in London with her loving husband and two wonderful children. At first glance, Angelica seems to lead an idyllic lifestyle; but Angelica’s routine is becoming mundane, and she realizes that she and her husband Olivier do not have the same passion they shared when they were courting. To top it all off, Angelica cannot seem to find the inspiration to begin writing her newest children’s book.

Enter Jack. What starts off as harmless flirtation at a party starts to make Angelica feel sexy and alive all over again. Despite the warnings of her friend Candace, Angelica begins a correspondence with Jack – after all, they’re only friends. Angelica certainly would not risk everything she has for a little thrill and rests easy knowing Jack lives thousands of miles away in Cape Town.

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About the Author

Santa Montefiore
Photograph by Elaine Fattal

Santa Montefiore

Born in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at www.santamontefiore.co.uk.

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