A Surrey State of Affairs

A Surrey State of Affairs

Book - 2012
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"Constance Harding's comfortable corner of Surrey is her own little piece of heaven. She lives in a chocolate box house complete with an Aga and a parrot, her bell-ringing club is set to dominate the intercounty tournament, and she is sure she can get her son, Rupert, to settle down if she just writes the perfect personal ad for him. Naturally, things turn disastrous rather quickly. And she's about to learn that her perfect home conceals a scandal that would make the vicar blush. Her Lithuanian housekeeper's undergarments keep appearing in her husband's study and her daughter is turning into a Lycra-clad gap-year strumpet. As her family falls apart, Constance embarks on an extraordinary journey. From partying in Ibiza to riding bareback with a handsome Argentinean gaucho whose only English words are "Britney" and "Spears," Constance is about to discover a wider world she thought it was too late to find. Hilarious, inventive, and ultimately heartwarming, A Surrey State of Affairs will appeal to fans of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and the novels of Alexander McCall Smith. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670023424
Branch Call Number: Fic Radf
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 06, 2012

I hardley ever laugh out loud when reading a book, but this one totally cracked me up. Everyone will recognize some middle-aged somebody in poor Constance who is trying hard to apply her own set of rules for social conduct to completely new situations. Her heart's in the right place, but oh my goodness she is a meddler! As her meddling starts to ruin her family relationships, she adjusts her thinking. And all this she broadcasts unknowingly to the entire world over her blog, which she treats as a private diary. What a hoot.

If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand or Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, this is your cuppa.


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