Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
After seeing this book around for over a year, I had studiously avoided it. I figured, what's all that interesting about an older English gentleman nursing a school-boy crush on a shopkeeper? However, after finding it on sale at Village Books (got to love the second hand carts by the front door), having my book-loving friend tell me it was a good read, I figured I had to give it a go. I was shockingly, suprisingly, completely delighted by it.