THE PERFECT HAPPINESS
Evocative language and a realistic portrayal of an affair are highlights. Alas, much of the story is interchangeable with any number of other books.
At a dinner party, British children’s author Angelica is flattered by the attention of Jack, the owner of a South African vineyard. The two begin a mild e-mail flirtation that quickly heats up. Jack makes her feel good about herself, unlike her husband. Against the advice of friends and despite her fears for her marriage and children, she agrees to a Cape Town book tour, where the affair begins in earnest — until a stunning revelation. (TOUCHSTONE, Jun., 416 pp., $15.00)