Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
This is a delightful first novel from an advertising executive turned stay-at-home-mom-looking-for-a-creative-outlet turned novelist. Major Pettigrew is the ultimate traditional English gentlemen.... retired military, widowed with one adult son, living in a sleepy sea-side village. His quiet life is turned upside when his younger brother dies and he becomes friends with the village shop-keeper. It's a sweet and charming story that is also powerfully moving. A great read and quite clean (3 uses of the s-word and one implied bedroom scene).