Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (MPLS) was a good big. Very readable. Major Pettigrew is an retired army officer trying to cling on to the world and village he knew in a world that is rapidly changing. He has a son who seems to lack and of the honor that the Major has spent his life pursuing. And he starts having feelings for the local shopkeeper – shock. A Pakistani widow – double shock. His fellow villagers can forgive anything but a cross-class and cross-racial romance. Mrs Ali’s family draw her away. Will the Major stand up for her? Will he go after her? Is this his last stand? Or is it a stand to stop a horrible new development in the village? Or standing up to his family?
While it was enjoyable, I didn’t find it compelling. While I was happy to pick up the book for a few minutes every night, but I wasn’t drawn to pick it up any other times.
I’ll be interested to hear what the rest of my new book group thinks of the book.