Author(s): Nancy Mitford
The Blessing by Nancy Mitford. It isn't just Nanny who finds it difficult in France when Grace and her young son Sigi are finally able to join her dashing aristocratic husband Charles-Edouard after the war. For Grace is out of her depth among the fashionably dressed and immaculately coiffured French women, and shocked by their relentless gossiping and bedhopping. When she discovers her husband's tendency to lust after every pretty girl he sees, it looks like trouble. And things get even more complicated when little Sigi steps in...The Blessing is a hilarious tale of love, fidelity, and the English abroad, tailored as brilliantly as a New Look Dior suit. "Entirely original, inimitable and irresistible." (Spectator). "Deliciously funny." (Evelyn Waugh). "Utter, utter bliss." (Daily Mail).
A refreshment to the mind and the spirit. . . . Cunningly constructed, artfully written, and divinely farcical. "The New York Times Book Review" Mitford tells her story with much wit, intelligence, and polish. "The Times "(London) Deliciously funny. Evelyn Waugh"
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. She had written four novels, including Wigs on the Green (1935), before the success of The Pursuit of Love in 1945, which she followed with Love in a Cold Climate (1949), The Blessing (1951) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960). She also wrote four works of biography. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.