One of Nancy Mitford’s most beloved novels, Love in a Cold Climate is a sparkling romantic comedy that vividly evokes the lost glamour of aristocratic life in England between the wars.
Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with her stunning good looks and impeccable connections, is bored by the monotony of her glittering debut season in London. Having just come from India, where her father served as Viceroy, she claims to have hoped that society in a colder climate would be less obsessed with love affairs. The apparently aloof and indifferent Polly has a long-held secret, however, one that leads to the shattering of her mother’s dreams and her own disinheritance. When an elderly duke begins pursuing the disgraced Polly and a callow potential heir curries favor with her parents, nothing goes as expected, but in the end all find happiness in their own unconventional ways.
Returning to the milieu of its predecessor, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE, Nancy Mitford's novel again features young Fanny Logan as narrator. Fanny is now married, the wacky Radlett family makes plenty of welcome appearances, and the focus remains on courtship and romance. But this time around the plot centers on Polly Hampton, heiress and beauty, who is strangely uncooperative in pursuing the proper husband. The truth behind this inconvenient disinclination is revealed in a series of wonderfully comic scenes populated by Mitford's characteristically dotty characters.
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- August 10, 2010
- August 10, 2010
- Nancy Mitford