I read to escape and to learn. I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories.
I found this to be a thoughtful novel about a woman who finally gets to live as she pleases following the death of her husband upsetting the plans of her pompous and calculating children.
The middle part of the book focuses on her contemplation of the past; her life always in the background as the wife of a prominent and charming politician. I found this section to be quite sad as she reflects upon how her spirit was subsumed by the role of wife and mother for the majority of her life. Some of the most charming scenes in the book are the conversations between her French maid of 60 years and the estate agent/owner of her retirement home as she lives out her days thumbing her nose at convention.
Reviewed December 2009