Watson, Winifred. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
Thoroughly charming, this little book is has the whimsy of a delightful fairy tale. Miss Pettigrew is sent to interview as a governess, but inadvertently becomes a life-saver when her future employer opens the door and begs for her help. The lovely Miss LaFosse draws the middle-aged spinster into the glamorous and somewhat dissolute life of the "bright young things" of the 1930's.
Miss Pettigrew puts aside her niggling moral judgments when Miss LaFosse and her friends not only happily include her, but find her wise and clever and capable of helping solve their various difficulties. Miss Pettigrew receives a make-over in all senses of the phrase. Surprised and happy to be seen in such a new light, Miss Pettigrew gives herself over to the enjoyment of the day, feeling much like a modern Cinderella.
I've read many positive reviews of this book and join the ranks of its many fans. Light-hearted and amusing, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is definitely a feel-good read.
A Persephone Classic--I know that Danielle and Iliana are collectors of these "reprints of neglected classic by C20th (mostly women) writers."
Fiction. 1938/2008. 234 pages.