Guinevere Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck governess whose last chance at finding a job leads her to Delysia LaFosse, a nightclub singer with no shortage of trouble. As the day progresses, Miss Pettigrew helps Miss LaFosse out of a number of sticky situations and finds in herself a taste for intrigue she didn’t know she had. By the end of the day, Miss Pettigrew and Miss LaFosse have come to realize that they cannot quite live without each other.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a novel that was clearly written at a time when society was in transition. Miss Pettigrew is old-fashioned: she pursues a career as a governess not because she enjoys it, but because it is a socially acceptable career for a lady of her age and standing. She allows life to pass her by, not thinking that she should have a chance to shine. When she is with Miss LaFosse, she learns to shine without even realizing it.
In their day together, it becomes clear that while she may not have been cut out to manage children, she has exactly the right skill set to manage a cadre of drama-plagued adults. In spite of the fact that she never had any romantic entanglements herself, her blunt propriety is just the right fix for Miss LaFosse and her friends. In the meantime, Miss La Fosse shows her that life is all the more worth living when you have people to share it with.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this novel. Both Miss Pettigrew and Miss LaFosse are sweet, engaging characters, and it’s easy to see why they had such an affinity for each other in such a short amount of time. The level of closeness the two develop in a short amount of time makes it seem as though the novel takes place over a long period of time, but in reality, it’s only a day.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, lighthearted read. It’s a sweet reminder that second chances can come at any time.
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