If you’re looking for a fun, light book to read over the holidays, I recommend Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. This delightful little book, written in the 1930s and set in London, follows a staid spinster whose life and self-perception is utterly changed over the course of one 24 hour period.
Starting the day as an unemployed and down-at-the-heels governess (who is actually very bad at governessing, hence her unemployment), Miss Pettigrew by chance meets a glamorous actress and, through a series of misunderstandings and scrapes manages to rescue the actress and her friends from a series of tragic mishaps, earning their trust and friendship. Along the way, Miss Pettigrew’s numerous and previously unchallenged rules and assumptions about life, society, and happiness are upended and the whole thing winds up in a highly satisfactory fashion.
After reading the book I looked up the movie with the intent of watching it, but was aghast to see that the entire plot was distressingly changed so I averred. I didn’t think I could such a gross mis-rendering of the story, since I enjoyed the book so much.
Having read a number of heavier non-fiction books lately, this fun and amusing book was a great diversion. I’d recommend it.
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