Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Here's my review from Goodreads:

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.  


  1. Yay, this is my book club book for this month. REminds me that I need to order it! :)

  2. I think you'll enjoy it and it's a great book for discussion. The characters definitely grow on you. Make sure you have a pot of tea when you read it. :)

  3. I listened to this great book last summer while traveling. We use audio books while driving. This book is indeed a great read for anyone who loves the odd ball characters who might inhabit a small English village. It is one of those where you are constantly trying to guess how the ending will turn out.