February 13, 2013

Love of Reading: The Book I Can't Stop Recommending

I asked Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy to share about a book she "evangelizes" for (aka tells everyone that they ought to read). I was surprised when she shared a book that I haven't read yet! Keep reading to find out which book, and make sure you check out the rest of the Love of Reading Week 2013 posts.

I love to read, across many different genres. But despite the breadth and depth of my reading, there is one book I recommend more than any other: Winifred Watson’s 1937 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. 

The book is a classic of sorts, but I’ll bet you weren’t assigned this breezy Cinderella-ish story set in 1930s London back in English class. Miss Pettigrew is aging, alone, and hopeless. She hates working as a governess, and she isn’t any good at it either. But then a placement agency mistakenly sends Miss Pettigrew to the home of a glamorous nightclub singer...and the day of her life begins.  


Miss Pettigrew is light, fun, and whimsical--and easy to polish off in a weekend. And its appeal among fellow female readers is nearly universal. 

(The 2008 film starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams is good and pretty true to the story, but the book--as usual--is better than the movie

There are other books I often recommend, most frequently QuietDaring Greatly, and The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. Those are substantial, important, potentially life-changing reads. But when a fellow reader comes to me looking for a good book--a good story to get wrapped up in-- Miss Pettigrew is the first that comes to mind, the first I recommend, and the one that earns the most rave reviews afterwards. 

Love to read? Try Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I highly recommend it, to everyone. And I mean everyone

You won’t be sorry.

 Have you read Mrs. Pettigrew?

Anne Bogel loves strong coffee, long books, and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy. Head here to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy.

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