"You are a most astonishing man,” she said, and he realized he had inspired a sense of trust and indebtedness that would make it entirely impossible for an honorable man to attempt to kiss her anytime soon. He cursed himself for a fool.”
New York Times bestseller Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is Helen Simonson's charming debut novel, set in the Sussex village of Edgecombe St. Mary. This book is a love story between retired Major Ernest Pettigrew, a very proper 68-year-old widowed Englishman and Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a 58-year-old village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, also widowed. The sudden death of the Major's younger brother, Bertie, sets the friendship in motion, and in spite of their differences the couple bonds over tea and their shared love of literature. However, all is not easy as the couple has to navigate difficulties caused by a shallow son, an American fiancee, a culturally bound nephew, an illegitimate child, an over-zealous group of country club ladies, an uncertain inheritance, and old-fashioned opinions toward foreigners. Can Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali's relationship withstand the attitudes of their self-centered family members and the expectations of their socialite neighbors, or will they abandon their second chance at love? This book will appeal to those who enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and is the perfect read to go along with a comfy chair and a cup of tea.
(Also available at the Calgary Public Library as a Book CD and an e-book, and as part of the Book Club Bag collection.)