Thursday, March 29, 2012

Introducing...Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Introducing books through the first paragraph or so... 

Major Pettigrew was still upset about the phone call from his brother's wife and so he answered the doorbell without thinking. On the damp bricks of the path stood Mrs. Ali from the village shop. She gave only the faintest of starts, the merest arch of an eyebrow. A quick rush of embarrassment flooded to the Major's cheeks and he smoothed helplessly at the lap of his crimson, clematis-covered housecoat with hands that felt like spades.

-- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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