My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich
3 words: genteel, leisurely, comforting
Some books pull you in by their driving narrative. Others hold onto you because of their compelling characters. This is one of those.
For bedtime reading, I’ve rarely found a more suitable book. This story is soothing and gentle and filled with good, decent people.
Yet… there’s an intriguing plot that keeps a reader turning the pages, however leisurely.
Mrs. Brown, an unassuming salon cleaning lady, becomes taken with the idea of owning a couture suit. Actually, if we’re honest, she becomes obsessed. But not in a creepy, all-encompassing way. Instead, in a life-changing, affirming way.
It’s like she’s being reborn.
It’s a bit of a Cinderella story, but without the fanciful bits. And without the prince.
In her unlikely quest, Mrs. Brown encounters kind people who go out of their way to help her. And meanwhile, she’s also helping a young woman who becomes her friend — even though they’re living very different lives.
And there are some haters, too, because what’s a story without some conflict?
But the overall feeling is: comfort. A perfectly lovely book.
What’s the best bedtime reading you’ve encountered lately?