December is a lovely month: full of life and festive cheer and my recent read is just like it. Let I introduce you to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson.
Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours her life is changed - forever.
This is a delightful, funny, lighthearted novel I really enjoyed reading. Here are some phrases worth mentioning and sharing.
"Never say die", said Miss Dubarry. "You'll get your kick out of life yet."
"No make-up," said Miss Dubarry shocked. "Why? It's indecent, walking around naked."
"I've never had any time," apologized Miss Pettigrew.
"Nonsence. You've had time to wash, haven't you? You've time to get a bath. You've time to cut your nails. A woman's first duty is to her face. I'm surprised at you."
"Ah well!" sighed Miss Pettigrew hopelessly. "I'm long past the age now..."
"No woman," said Miss Dubarry grimly, "is ever past the age. The more years that pass the more reason for care. You should be old enough to know better."
Inserts from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
This book inspires to take a chance and just go with it. Not many of us have a courage to do that.
How would you live for a day and forever?