A Surrey State of Affairs

(2012)
A Surrey State of Affairs (2012)

Loved this book! A BBC British comedy in print. The main character is drawn to perfection; Constance Harding is a totally clueless but well meaning, well-bred, English lady. Her home is "a comfortable five-bedroom Georgian house located on the outskirts of a pleasant village in Surrey." She defines herself as wife to Jeffrey, mother to Rupert (a 25 year old IT consultant) and Sophie (a slightly directionless adolescent); she dotes on her Eclectus parrot Darcy. This book is a year in her life, told through her blog entries. Rupert thought she might want to tell the World Wide Web all about it, rather than him -- "He is such a thoughtful boy." -- so she does. Enter a Lithuanian housekeeper, a troupe of bell ringers, a handsome Argentinean gaucho, and Ivan the Terrible. What a year for Constance! There are a couple of British terms I had to look up, but this emerges as a very entertaining, if a bit messy, story of friendship, family, and love.

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