Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Blurbed by Mary Lynn, North Plainfield Library
Are you in the mood for a novel that will whisk you instantly away from your hectic life in suburban NJ and set you down in the picturesque English countryside? Nothing could be more charming than Helen Simpson’s debut novel set in an idyllic rural village. She skillfully updates for the 21st century the classic English novel of manners complete with local shopkeepers, gentry, vicar, and meddling neighbors. The author has created modern characters out of clichés and the old-fashioned setting feels delightfully modern as Simpson takes Major Pettigrew on a whirlwind tour of family drama, local politics, society antics and romance.
This book reads like a cozy Miss Read novel crossed with a page-turning thriller. You’ll find yourself falling for the characters as they are falling for each other and cheering them along as they struggle toward their hardwon happily-ever-afters. Everyone could use a little happily-ever-after magic in their life-give yourself some with Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.