|I think this cover is just as cute as can be.|
|Miss Mimi is peeved to learn that, no, Dr. Fforde will not|
write her out a prescription for three gin and tonics.
After a day spent lounging in bed swilling gin and tonics, Mimi disregards Dr. Fforde's advice and goes out on the town with her friends. Her drunken homecoming in the wee small hours is typical - Loveday is required to haul Mimi's inebriated person up the stairs and into bed. A few days later Loveday breaks a vase and Mimi wallops her a good one - giving her:
- A doozy of a shiner.
- Her marching orders.
- No references.
- All of the above.
Loveday daydreams about the man of her dreams. Interestingly enough he bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Fforde.
Meeting new people! The lovely (and nice) Mrs. Seward drops by the office to see Andrew (Dr. Fforde) 'Margaret - this is delightful,' says he, and with that, Loveday imagines a romance between the two.
|Brighton! Where engaged men can date other women|
without that pesky danger of being found out!
Loveday is somewhat crushed when she hears about the upcoming nuptials - but she wouldn't be if only she knew that Dr. Fforde is head over heels in love with her - but he can't see what she would see in him. He honestly believes he's too old for her, she believes he's at least dating Mrs. Seward...
Now that the make-believe romance with Charles has ended, Andrew starts to make some tentative moves of his own.
- Invitation to his place. Meet Mrs. Duckett the housekeeper and a little lame dog which they name Bob.
- Another invite to his place...this time Andrew pumps Loveday for information about her family. It is discovered that she has a long lost great-aunt living in Buckland-in-the-Moor whom she doesn't remember ever meeting.
Andrew gives Loveday a week's notice at work and suggests that she go and stay with her aunt. That's all well and good...but then the thought of not seeing him shakes her down to her toenails. Yup, she's in love.
Andrew insists on driving her down to Great-Aunt Letitia's - and spending the night in the village so as to be able to have more time with Loveday. He's not sure why Loveday has been stiff with him - then he mentions his family - including his sister Margaret. So, that was why she'd pokered up. Two obstacles out of the way...first Charles and now Margaret - the only obstacle left is that pesky age difference.
Call me Andrew.
I've always called you Andrew inside my head.
A week alone with Great-Aunt (and her cats) and then a lovely ending.
All that's left is some kissing and a promise to marry him just as soon as he wants - 'today if we could.'
She ran to the door and flung it wide as he reached it and went into his arms...
Aunt Leticia...reflected that she would give them the silver pot which had belonged to her great-great-grandmother for a wedding present.
Food: She eggs a lot of eggs and egg based dishes (such as omelettes), rice pudding, milk pudding, beans, Charles takes her out and plies her with cream cakes. 'Mrs. Duckett's teas were like no other: there were muffins in a silver dish, tiny sandwiches, fairy cakes, and a cake thick with fruit and nuts.'
Fashion: We have pretty thin pickings here. A middle-age appropriate navy blue wool crepe, and 'a plain sheath of a dress, and well cut, although the material from which it was made was cheap - but the colour was right: a pale bronze which gave her hair colour and flattered her eyes'.