The Pursuit of Love: A charming look at love in all its manifestations, from romantic to bourgeois and finally to true love: Linda is constantly led by her many sweeping emotions. Mitford, however, looks at it from a detached, humorous yet sympathetic eye; never does the story through its many meanders turn to melodrama or social judgements. The tale stays light and forgiving as it describes with a certain cynicism a now foregone society.
Love in a Cold Climate: Charming as its predecessor, it didn't quite have the same humour until Cedric shows up - I might have almost given up under Polly's cold touch and indifference, but Cedric's pizzazz and unstoppable need for fun saved the novel from dreary lackluster scandal. The contrast provides relief from the gloom of Hampton while at the same time setting the stage for Lady Montdore's comic transformation. Flighty, elegant, vibrant, Cedric is a character who despite the stereotype will continue to engage readers for many decades!
The Pursuit of Love is one of the novels that I quite enjoy reading. Love in a Cold Climate is, in my opinion, substantially weaker.
These novels are certainly a product of their author's time and class, but enjoyable (see above note) nonetheless.
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