Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
This book is centered around a retired British major and the Pakistani shopkeeper he strikes up a friendship and then a romance with.
It was refreshing to read a love story about an older couple for once instead of hormonal teenagers. The obstacles they faced to be together were no less real or dramatic, but they handled the situation with grace and maturity that only comes from people of a certain age.
There was only one part of the book where the drama felt contrived and didn't fit with the rest of the story. For being her first book, Simonson did a great job at developing the characters so that they appeared in my mind as sharp images and not caricatures and describing the scenery in a way that made me feel like I was actually in England.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a very sweet story that is simple and straightforward and easy to read. There's not much else you can ask of a book you read during the holidays.
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.
Next month - The Women by T.C. Boyle