“The Blessing” by Nancy Mitford

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This book was published in 1951, and took place during a post world war II era. It is about a french man, Charles Edouard wooing an english woman, Grace. They eventually get married and she gets pregnant with his child all in a span of about 6 to 8 months. Grace being as naive as she is, moves to France with her husband, after he finishes military duty, without having any knowledge of the language or culture. So this makes her husband take advantage of her clumsiness; he doesn’t allow her to go out of the house and controls her actions when they happen to go out together. However, Charles has an affair with two other women. On the other hand, their son, Sigi is about 7 or 8 years old and sees how unpleasant his parents relationship are and convinces them to marry other people, instead of fixing their broken relationship.

Thoughts….

This book was annoying, because I didn’t like how Charles walked all over Grace and took advantage of her. I also didn’t like how Grace was portrayed as a weak, fragile woman that couldn’t support herself without the help of a man. She was still willing to go back to Charles even after she caught him cheating…..on their bed! And Charles was still contemplating whether to go back to his wife or stay with the mistress! (WHO WHAT WHYYYYYYY!) I guess that’s what happens when I read a book from the ’50s… The only character that I actually enjoyed was the Nanny, she was witty and charming.

If you are okay with being really annoyed, I recommend this book. If you want to keep your sanity, then probably not (it’s all up to you, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya!).

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