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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Book Review

I’d heard a little buzz about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson; mostly it was a historical fiction. Not know much more than that, I took advantage of reading it when I ended up with a copy. (I don’t even remember where I picked it up at.) I’m happy to share my latest book review.

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition? ~ Amazon*

The parts of the book referring to England’s occupation of India left me wondering how much I slept in history class. Other than that there was much more fiction than history, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The book was an accurate commentary on aging, family relationships, grief and society in general. It dealt with prejudices against race and class. As I thought about my world and challenges, I was reminded that I’m not alone in the ups and downs of life.

Major Pettigrew was a little grumpy and entrenched in his military ways and his golf club society. His strongest quality was his conviction to do the right thing, although he was human and sometimes fell short. I enjoyed his discovery of learning who were his true friends and what matters most in life.

The book may be named after the Major, my favorite character was Mrs. Ali. I love her spunk and her rebellion against custom for custom’s sake. She was a nice mix of strength and compassion. I related to how she struggled to serve her family while not losing herself to their rigid traditions.

This book often made me sad, but I enjoyed it quite a bit, until the last 40 pages. I like how the book ended, but I was disappointed by one of the scenes and spurt of language during the climax. Overall, I’d give this book 3 slices of pie.

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Friday Favorites: April 13

Last week’s Friday Favorites was short so we would have plenty of time to enjoy the…

  • Desert Botanical Garden. It was nice weather and the flowers were in bloom.  We captured so many great pictures!
  • Easter Saturday.  The Easter Bunny visits our house on Saturday so we can spend Sunday focusing on the spiritual side of Easter.  There was candy and eggs galore, plus our traditional breakfast of donuts while we read a really neat story.
  • Later in the day, we stopped by Hobby Town to watch some RC car racing.
  • Book Party invitations; I’m so happy with how they turned out
  • I finished Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. I liked it better than Crown Duel, the first book in the series. Actually, I couldn’t put it down and spent an hour finishing it this week.  I was a little rushed the rest of the day, but I still got everything done – so that makes it OK.
  • Several scrapbook layouts finished and quite a bit of writing! (Yes, feeling productive is one of my favorites.)
  • I started a new book Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

I can’t have all the fun.  Here’s some favorites I found in my blog reader.

I didn’t realize what a busy week it’s been until I listed it for you!  I hope you had a great week too.  Please share your favorites with a comment and feel free to include a link.

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