So many books to finish before tomorrow evening!!! This one Excellent Women by Barbara Pym covers a period of time which I like very much. Not quite Victorian, not very modern, just sort of an in between period where people still seem to be wanting to step out and be different and yet holding back because their mothers did not do this/or the vicar would not have quite approved of it!
Miss. Lathbury our chief in the story does not fall into quite the category of simpering spinster. She is very eager to help of course (father being a vicar does count) and likes to see the good in everyone (I wish I had some of that characteristic) but she is sharp eyed and does know when she is being taken advantage of.
The period is one of great austerity and this comes through in the book which adds to the interest. Women have become braver, stronger and maintaining your dignity, poise and the British stiff upper lip are also part of the story. Lots of eligible bachelors around but the delicacy involved in pursuing someone/or being pursued may be very strange in the present times but it is part of the story.
I really enjoyed this book - my second by this author. 288 pages and a very enjoyable read specially for those who like this era set in England.