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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 bed hopping. 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.

©1951 Nancy Mitford (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Perfection

For anyone who enjoys the novels of Nancy Mitford this is the best one could ever hope for particularly the sheer delight of Jenny Agutter's narration. The story (which is a sort of frivolous fairy tale for grown-ups) gets better & better as it goes on & more & more fun. If you enjoy Nancy Mitford it is frequently laugh aloud funny and as a whole wth the wonderful voice of Jenny Agutter is a gift.

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Enjoyable and light-hearted

Though not as good as Love in a Cold Climate and the Pursuit of Love, the Blessing is nevertheless a charming and enjoyable book that has many of the same themes. An unsophisticated young English woman, Grace, falls for a handsome, suave, wealthy Frenchman, Charles-Eduoard. They marry and much fun is had at satirising French ideas about marital fidelity or rather infidelity and differences in life-style and attitudes between France and Britain in the 1940s. The son of the union, Siggi, is quite a character and his ploys to manipulate his parents provide funny scenes as does the prejudices of his nanny about French food.

The book flags a little during part two but overall is well worth listening to as the writing is lively and the characters endearing in their vanities and foibles.

Jenny Agutter is a splendid narrator giving many different voices to the characters on both sides of the Channel.

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delight

very nicely read, entertaining story. excellent company. I have "read" some others too from Mitford and it is always such a pleasure.

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Great soothing narration

Very enjoyable. Jenny Is a marvellous narrator and this is an exceptional work by Nancy Mitford

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Beautifully narrated, charming and comic novel

Another classic by Nancy Mitford- and this is perhaps my favourite of all her novels. What brought the story alive was the fantastic narration by Jenny Agutter. Switching between French and English accents, male and female characters, Nanny and Grace (the upper class heroine) and Charles-Eduoard, her charming, sophisticated yet wildly unfaithful husband. Jenny Agutter is an amazing narrator and brings the whole story alive. The beginning was frustrating as Grace is just always so incredibly “nice” all the time and it’s a little difficult to grasp just why Charles-Eduoard is so charming and why Grace is putting up with such a man. The story hops along though, and soon you begin to understand and see his charm and understand how her patience and goodness will win the day. The book presents a satire of France and British attitudes in the 1940s. Siggi (who is the Blessing - the over indulged son of Grace and Charles-Eduoard) creates a comic element. The second half of the book just gets better and better.. Love it!

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Entertaining and witty

Surprisingly daring in some ways, though confined to a privileged world. Great fun altogether. Jenny Agutter’s English voices are great. The French ones need some tolerance (tante rhyming with ant, m’sewer, Gide with a hard G etc) but I was glad I stayed with it.