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Book: Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

January 10, 2011
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Loved, loved, LOVED this sweet little charmer!

Totally in the spirit of Enchanted April, this 1930s Cinderella tale is wonderful start to finish. If you saw the recent movie, you’ll know how absolutely sweet-spirited the story is. I loved the movie and the book was even better.

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck governess, applying for a job that she desperately needs. Nearly homeless, partially starved, completely dispirited, when she encounters the dazzling effervescent Delysia Lafosse she is completely swept off her feet by this breathless beauty who pulls her pell-mell into her lively sparkling world of champagne, fast women, flirtatious men and nightclubs. Miss Pettigrew, a genteel English lady (albeit of the shabby sort), is at first scandalized by Delysia’s lifestyle and friends, but soon discovers a heretofore undiscovered penchant for a little too much sherry, lighthearted kisses and crazy interpersonal drama. She is swept into Delysia’s world completely, and her one day of seeing how the other half lives changes her inside out, and all for the better (if a wee bit wicked).

Although Miss Pettigrew knows she is operating under false pretenses (where are these children she is supposed to be governing?), she can’t help but blossom under the influence of the flighty birds all around her. Her transformation is so much fun to watch. All of the supporting characters are just as fun and entertaining, and the entire book is such a delightful confection (no really, you want to start talking like that after reading this).

I heart this book so much. I read it in two nights, but could easily have read it in one day. I wanted to tear through it, confident that nothing terrible would happen, that I would be charmed and delighted the entire way through, and such a satisfying happy ending. And so it was. Definitely something to read when you are feeling a bit down and need some lighthearted glamorous fantasy. I loved it completely.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2011 8:11 am

    My wife really enjoyed this as well, and we both LOVE the film version.

  2. January 10, 2011 9:14 am

    Yes and yes 😀 I finally got around to seeing the film the other day, though, and found it a bit of a let down :\ Maybe I just watched it too soon after having read the book.

    • January 10, 2011 6:18 pm

      Definitely better to read the book after, since it was SO much better than the movie (although I thought the movie was sweet as well). Loved this book!

  3. January 10, 2011 6:23 pm

    Yes it was, and I’m a BIG fan of Amy Adams and Lee Pace. Makes sense that the movie wouldn’t be as good as the book, they seldom are. But viewing the movie as a stand alone piece of film making I think it is pretty well done.

    • January 12, 2011 7:19 pm

      I agree — I really liked the movie, and then of course liked the book more!

  4. January 10, 2011 8:42 pm

    I’ve wanted to see the movie…I must read this first.

  5. January 10, 2011 9:51 pm

    I saw the movie first and fell in love with the story that way, and found the book just as splendiforous afterwards. Maybe it’s one of those where watching the movie first is better?

    • January 12, 2011 7:20 pm

      Dunno… I just loved both of them. But I always like the book better (with certain rare exceptions)

  6. January 11, 2011 5:01 am

    Isn’t it just grand when we find a book we absolutely love?!! It doesn’t even matter why, or if the next person will feel the same, it’s just that at that moment this is the most wonderful thing in the world!

    I took note about Inkheart.. some of the questions you noted on your review you find out in the other 2 books.. I adored that series.

    • January 12, 2011 7:21 pm

      I agree!!
      Thanks for your note about Inkheart — I may try the next two. I liked the idea of the book a lot. If YOu liked it, that says something!

  7. January 11, 2011 11:15 am

    So this is like, Enchanted April-ish? I had not idea! I’m going to have to get myself a copy now because I loooooved Enchanted April.

    • January 12, 2011 7:21 pm

      It’s like the bad-girl version of Enchanted April, but similar lovely charmingness. You will love it!

  8. January 11, 2011 11:36 am

    i have never heard of this book or the movie. have i been under a rock?

  9. January 11, 2011 5:30 pm

    I just finished this book recently as well! I liked some aspects of the book better than the film and some aspects of the film better than the book, strangely enough. I’ve been thinking of doing a comparison review instead of a regular book review for Miss Pettigrew.

    • January 12, 2011 7:22 pm

      Ooh! do it! I loved seeing the visuals in the movie. Amy Adams was perfect.

  10. January 21, 2011 6:43 pm

    I’ve wanted to read this book like FOREVER! Loved movie.

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