Major Pettigrew is a 68 year old widower who lives in the same village he grew up in, and in the same cottage he shared with his wife. He's at a bit of a crossroads when his younger brother dies, and he starts to reexamine his life and realizes he is lonely, bored, and a bit frustrated at the world and it's lack of manners. He meets Mrs. Ali, the local shopkeeper, who stirs in Major Pettigrew an interest in finding love again.
This is a very sweet book, and Major Pettigrew is a stitch. The slow romance between him and Mrs. Ali is the major thread through this novel, as each struggles against village gossip and their ignorance of Mrs. Ali's Pakistan background, and family that wants to interfere. A perfect book for Mom, Grandma, and anyone who loves reading about small English villages and the characters that inhabit them.