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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Widowed and retired Major Pettigrew leads a quiet life in the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary. That is, until he strikes up an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Ali, the widowed Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. While their neighbors, friends, and family members look on mostly with shock and disapproval, these two lonely people from different worlds tentatively explore the possibility of a future together. I thought this might be an overly twee and sentimental story but it's more of a satirical romance ala Alexander McCall-Smith and the sharply humorous dialogue kept me laughing out loud all the way through. A very satisfying summer read! Check Our Catalog

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