This novel has an interesting storyline. Ernest Pettigrew is a retired Major living alone in tidy home in Edgecombe St. Mary, in the English countryside (where else?). The Major, a very proper Englishman who is widowed, falls in love with a Pakistani woman, Mrs. Jasmina Ali, who runs the corner market. Mrs. Ali is controlled by her dead husband's family. The locals love Mrs. Ali but only as a tradeswoman, certainly not as one of the "true" villagers. The story is set in present day time and serves as a good reminder to acknowledge and banish our own prejudices.
A good book to read in between the more serious stuff. Well-written, interesting plot, a good mix of good and rotten self-centered characters. I recommend.