When Richard Slater receives a letter of complaint from one of his constituents, a Margaret Hayton, he merely responds with his standard letter of empty promises.
Clearly, this woman is insane and must be avoided at all costs.
But she will not be dismissed so easily, and when Richard finally sets eyes on the 'twenty-something vision in stone-washed denim, with a cloud of dark ringlets and huge, serious eyes' he risks losing his heart, his head and quite possibly his political career.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 19/04/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755333875
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Review by icedtea
I found this a funny and touching read that went by very quickly. Really enjoyed the modern take on Margaret from Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, and the variety of correspondence - emails, meeting minutes, letters, etc. made the epistolary format work for me.
Review by dsc73277
Brilliant fun though, like life itself, it is not all hearts and flowers, more serious matters of life and death also interpose. It is a very female book, but I loved it and its heroine Margaret. Should I worry that she is the second heroine of modern light literature that I have fallen for? Or should I worry more that the last one was also an idealistic primary school teacher?In awarding it 4.5 stars I am not saying that it is better than some of the literary giants that I have rated less enthusiastically. It gets almost top marks for entertainment value, charm and humour and for being what it aspired to be. Among the quibbles that lead me to deduct half a star is Margaret's tendency to begin letters to the authorities with the phrase "I am writing". Maybe it is common parlence these days, but I still think this is a statement of the obvious that no truly intelligent person should use!