My rating: 5 of 5 stars
NOTE: I actually reviewed this book on this blog back in September 2008. I have just added the review to my Good Reads account, and wanted to re-post here for new readers’ benefit!
This book is marvellous! Truly inspirational. Written in real time over the course of 24 hours (with chapters titled the like of 1.17 p.m.-3.13 p.m.), the story follows middle-aged, down-on-her-luck and generally frumpy governess, Miss Pettigrew, whose agency send her to the home of a young, beautiful, bed-hopping nightclub singer who might have one or even two illegitimate children… As Miss Pettigrew steps out of character again and again to rescue her new-found friend from fiendish gentleman callers and potentially disastrous situations, the reader finds herself celebrating every tiny event as a soul-elevating victory.
First published in 1938, this novel is a wonderfully contemporary tale of misunderstandings featuring frothy negligees, cocaine and “exaggerated kisses”.