A Surrey State of Affairs by Ceri Radford

I read this way back in August and gave it 5 stars. I loved it and can remember some details of what I liked, but do wish I had written about it in my emails so I could dig up some remarks fresh from reading it.

Well, first of all it’s all written in letters (diary?) and it’s about a middle aged woman in a little village in Surrey.  At first it seems like a pretty typical gossipy, oh the bell ringing choir is so important, type of novel, but it’s so much more than that, which is what I liked.  For example, it is painfully obvious to EVERYONE, including the reader, that when she finds the lithe Lithuanian’s undergarments in her husband’s things that it’s not a laundry mixup. It’s equally obvious that her son is gay, but she seems oblivious. Contstance is a character who seems to be pitied and laughable, but she ends up on a journey of self discovery, which includes pride and adventure, and proves that she’s not a middle aged lady to be laughed at.  I really liked how Radford made her an admirable character, and the adventures and revelations at the end were quite surprising and charming. It was a very satisfying novel.


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