Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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Bloomsbury, Jan 1, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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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A beautifully written, gentle love story. - LibraryThing
Unfortunately, the novel is marred by a weak ending. - LibraryThing
A sweet book, lovely characters, wonderful writing. - LibraryThing
A middle-aged romance, enjoyable and easy to read. - LibraryThing
The plot is creaky and of small moment. - LibraryThing
There's a nice love story too. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - TRWhittier - LibraryThing

*Sigh* If only there were more men like Major Pettigrew in the world. Honest and kind, brave and romantic, and with the type of morals that only Sir Galahad could live up to, the Major is one of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harrod - LibraryThing

Quite a nice little read. It's never too late for love! Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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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