Thoughts Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, Random House Trade Paperbacks 2011 (orig 2010), 368 pages
I was hoping to enjoy this novel as a light romantic read and I was not disappointed. Actually, the term ‘light’ is most apt when considering the terms of bright and hopeful and engaging and not to describe a novel as superficial and/or easily digested. With themes of social injustice and prejudice and defying cultural expectations, this story is quite weighty yet handled with aplomb.
So if you want a book of romance and a bit of farce and great witty dialogue and retort, plus you enjoy Britishisms and settings of small towns and village living, then this is a good choice. I recommend.
“To be once again in a sanctuary far from the voices of women is balm to the anguished soul.”
“I can’t promise it will last,” said the Major. “My neighbor Alice Pierce is rather fond of singing folk music to her garden plants. Thinks it makes them grow or something.” The Major had often wondered how a wailing rendition of “Greensleeves” would encourage greater raspberry production but Alice insisted that it worked far better than chemical fertilizers, and she did produce several kinds of fuit in pie-worthy quantities. “No sense of pitch, but plenty of enthusiasm,” he added.
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