Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a delightful little love story. Judging from the cover art, I was expecting it to take place earlier in the century, but it is definitely set in the present day, in a charming English country village called Edgecomb St. Mary.
Major Pettigrew, though retired, is the personification of a very proper English gentleman, fond of all things British, including a cup of freshly brewed tea. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he is surprised to find himself drawn into a friendship with Mrs. Ali, a local Pakistani shopkeeper. As their friendship develops into something more, they discover that many of their friends and neighbors have trouble accepting their new relationship. Throw is some scenes from some recalcitrant family members and you’ve got yourself a full-fledged drama. Well, okay, it’s not a tragedy like Romeo and Juliet, but it is sweet, it is sensitive and it is a refreshingly real love story featuring more “mature” participants. But then, love is not only for the young — and we can all choose to be young at heart.