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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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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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