The Blessing

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32 Ratings

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 12-06-14

Enjoyable and light-hearted

Though not as good as Love in a Cold Climate and the Pursuit of Love, the Blessing is nevertheless a charming and enjoyable book that has many of the same themes. An unsophisticated young English woman, Grace, falls for a handsome, suave, wealthy Frenchman, Charles-Eduoard. They marry and much fun is had at satirising French ideas about marital fidelity or rather infidelity and differences in life-style and attitudes between France and Britain in the 1940s. The son of the union, Siggi, is quite a character and his ploys to manipulate his parents provide funny scenes as does the prejudices of his nanny about French food.

The book flags a little during part two but overall is well worth listening to as the writing is lively and the characters endearing in their vanities and foibles.

Jenny Agutter is a splendid narrator giving many different voices to the characters on both sides of the Channel.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Maire Reier on 04-03-16

delight

very nicely read, entertaining story. excellent company. I have "read" some others too from Mitford and it is always such a pleasure.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 10-02-15

Perfection

For anyone who enjoys the novels of Nancy Mitford this is the best one could ever hope for particularly the sheer delight of Jenny Agutter's narration. The story (which is a sort of frivolous fairy tale for grown-ups) gets better & better as it goes on & more & more fun. If you enjoy Nancy Mitford it is frequently laugh aloud funny and as a whole wth the wonderful voice of Jenny Agutter is a gift.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By GoldenBroom on 03-08-15

Great soothing narration

Very enjoyable. Jenny Is a marvellous narrator and this is an exceptional work by Nancy Mitford

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By RONAN O'CALLAGHAN on 04-13-18

Entertaining and witty

Surprisingly daring in some ways, though confined to a privileged world. Great fun altogether.
Jenny Agutter’s English voices are great. The French ones need some tolerance (tante rhyming with ant, m’sewer, Gide with a hard G etc) but I was glad I stayed with it.

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