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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming, adorable, sweet story about two widowed residents of the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary.  Major Pettigrew (68) is the quintessential British man-of-the-country, complete with strong ideas about duty, honor, family, village life, etiquette, and tea. Mrs. Ali (58) is a lovely, intellectual, Pakistani woman trying to preserve her life in the country against her late husband's family, who has very different ideas for her future.  When a small flicker of attraction blooms into a small romance between these two, it's sweet and innocent. They both look fondly back upon their respective previous marriages, and this lends itself to an understanding of how rare and lovely a perfect match can be. The Major suffers real angst in trying to navigate his way into this romance and still act within his own idea of what an honorable man is. The reader will truly cheer for these two characters and this charming little gem of a book. I applaud Helen Simonson on her very lovely first endeavor into literature: more, please!
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Jan Cain, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Jan Cain)
A well written, quiet novel portraying mature romance set in a quaint, oh-so-British small village full of developed characters humming along to their own beliefs, cultures, and ages. The tension is delightful between the Major and his adult son, the local country club set, the interloping American would-be developer, and of course, the charming local widowed shop keeper with family issues of her own. A nearly perfect read.
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cariola119, September 14, 2010 (view all comments by cariola119)
This book is a bit lighter than my usual fare, but I was absolutely charmed by it. If I lived in Edgcombe-St.-Mary, I think I'd be in love with the major, too. It's the gentle tale of a widowed retired major who is grieving for his recently-deceased brother when friendship blooms with Mrs. Ali, the widow of a Pakistani shopkeeper. Friendship inevitably turns into stronger affection--but what will the members of the club say (let alone the major's son, a broker schmoozing his way up the corporate ladder)? And will the major ever succeed in reuniting a pair of Churchill shooters given to his father by a maharaja and divided between his sons at his death? Much of the novel centers on conflicts between the "older generation" values of the major and the new values of "progress." Mrs. Ali, too, has conflicts with her own beliefs and the traditional Islamic values of her husband's family. But all is not so serious--particulary due to Major Pettigrew's wonderful wit (which often goes over the heads of others) and some delightfully comic scenes.
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ISBN:
9781410427526
Author:
Simonson, Helen
Publisher:
Thorndike Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Large Print:
Y
Series:
Thorndike Reviewers' Choice
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
587
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8.50x5.60x1.20 in. 1.50 lbs.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming, adorable, sweet story about two widowed residents of the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary.  Major Pettigrew (68) is the quintessential British man-of-the-country, complete with strong ideas about duty, honor, family, village life, etiquette, and tea. Mrs. Ali (58) is a lovely, intellectual, Pakistani woman trying to preserve her life in the country against her late husband's family, who has very different ideas for her future.  When a small flicker of attraction blooms into a small romance between these two, it's sweet and innocent. They both look fondly back upon their respective previous marriages, and this lends itself to an understanding of how rare and lovely a perfect match can be. The Major suffers real angst in trying to navigate his way into this romance and still act within his own idea of what an honorable man is. The reader will truly cheer for these two characters and this charming little gem of a book. I applaud Helen Simonson on her very lovely first endeavor into literature: more, please!

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