Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 4, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
19 Reviews
Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love?

Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.
  

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User Review  - sidiki - LibraryThing

Major Pettigrew's character is typical of a British ex military person written about many many times since the Victorian days. and Mrs Ali's character lacked realistic traits that round up a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clif Hostetler - Goodreads

This is the best novel I've read this year and may be destined to make my top ten list. The well designed plot is pulled together with carefully crafted writing. I'm embarrassed to be so enthusiastic ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
32
Section 4
42
Section 5
57
Section 6
74
Section 7
91
Section 8
103
Section 15
220
Section 16
249
Section 17
266
Section 18
288
Section 19
299
Section 20
310
Section 21
325
Section 22
337

Section 9
122
Section 10
136
Section 11
151
Section 12
171
Section 13
184
Section 14
206
Section 23
348
Section 24
359
Section 25
373
Section 26
382
Section 27
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About the author (2011)

Helen Simonson is an Englishwoman who spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex, near Rye. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she recently completed an MFA at Stony Brook Southampton. Her short stories and essays have been featured in various publications and broadcast on radio. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York, Helen is currently living in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two sons. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is her first novel.

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