28 May, 2013

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones [Anita, Blockhouse Bay]

http://www.syndetics.com/index.php?isbn=9781780330563/lc.jpg&client=elgar&type=hw7Of course the title grabbed my attention which is why I chose it for my book-group. Three of my book-group ladies read it and they all loved it, so when I saw this book on the shelf I grabbed it.

Spring 1924 in a small Welsh village, Wilfred Price is on a picnic with Grace. She is offering him trifle but he has become distracted by her yellow dress. Wilfred is wondering she got into the dress, which of course leads to the thought, how she got out of it. It is in this moment of inattention that he proposes to her, and she accepts.

He realises his mistake, after all he barely knows her and does not love her, but extricating himself is difficult. He tells Grace he cannot marry her, but her authoritarian father, the village doctor steps in and a wedding must take place.  To add to this mess Wilfred has just met another girl, the enigmatic Flora, who may be perfect for him, .

Written in a spare but charming way, I enjoyed how the characters were portrayed and  how they carried their problems close to themselves - in a small village I guess you did. A great read beautifully told.

Author: Wendy Jones
ISBN: 9781780330563
Published: 2012
Publisher: Corsair

 - Anita, Blockhouse Bay Library

1 comment:

  1. It would be good if the blog could include a link to the relevant library entry (or entries) so that you could request it if you like the sound of it from the review.


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