Love in a Cold Climate

by Nancy Mitford | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0140009841 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingKatisha50wing of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 12/8/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingKatisha50wing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, December 08, 2013
For my BC Secret Santa partner, 2013.

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Journal Entry 2 by nordie at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, December 09, 2013
Part of my secret Santa, lovely, thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by nordie at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, February 16, 2014

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 a callow potential heir curries favour with her parents, nothing goes as expected, but in the end all find happiness in their own unconventional ways


Told by Fanny, the childhood friend of Polly, who comes back into the family's sphere after their return from India. The first part of the book is setting up the story around the Montdores, Polly's first season in London, and all the parties and guests that come in and out of their lives. It finishes with Fanny married, Polly causing a disgrace with a highly unsuitable attachment and disinheritance.

Part 2 comes with Fanny getting used to being the wife of a near penniless Don in Oxford and how life isnt how she was led to think it was. Cedric, who the Montdore's estate is now entailed to, arrives from Nova Scotia via Paris, and is certainly not what anyone expected him to be. However, he soon distracts Lady Montdore and all of her set, turning her into a different being - in looks if not personality.

Set in between the wars, some of the characters are outrageous - in their attitudes or behaviour or both. This is stiff upper lip country, where behaviour is tolerated rather than confronted and ostracised. Mitford manages to get their story out, with something that passes as happiness in the end, with a level of humour that can make you laugh out loud in parts. Some of the attitudes towards Cedric and the Lecherous Lecturer are a little close to the bone, but she somehow gets away with it.
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Released 5 yrs ago (3/22/2014 UTC) at Yorks Bakery Cafe - Newhall street in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 5 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 22, 2014
Picked up at the meetup. I used to have this in a Nancy Mitford omnibus but the writing was so small it was miserable to read. So I was pleased to find it in a less headache-inducing form. Thanks nordie for bring it to the meetup :-)

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Journal Entry 7 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, April 29, 2018
I didn't manage to finish this while I was in Bordeaux so I've brought it home again.

Journal Entry 8 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On page 31 I realised that I should have read The Pursuit of Love first. Ah well, I enjoyed it anyway.

Journal Entry 9 by wingshnedwardswing at Ipswich BC Unconvention in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Thursday, October 04, 2018

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