THE AWAKENING OF MISS PRIM by NATALIA SANMARTIN FENOLLERA
In this #1 international bestseller, a young woman leaves everything behind to work as a librarian in a remote French village, where she finds her outlook on life and love challenged in every way.
When Miss Prim, an independent, accomplished young woman, reads an ad in the newspaper seeking a feminine spirit to work as a librarian in the lush countryside of France, she finds herself compelled to apply. Little does she know what kind of world she is about to step into.
Miss Prim dutifully accepts the job and begins organizing her employer’s vast library. A knowledgeable, mysterious gentleman with very specific opinions about life, he challenges Miss Prim’s seemingly unshakeable disposition. And as she becomes familiar with the other townspeople, she begins to realize that the surprising lifestyle of the town awakens amazement, perplexity, and even disdain in her. For in this tiny corner of the world, a flourishing colony of exiles have settled into a simple, rural existence, living around great literature, intellectual discussions, family, and sweet indulgences. Their peculiar and unconventional ways slowly test Miss Prim’s most intimate ideas and fears as well as her most profound convictions. She quickly comes to realize that her advanced degrees did little to prepare her for the lessons she’s being taught the least of which is a lesson in love.
Set against a backdrop of steaming cups of tea, freshly baked cakes, warm fires, and lovely company, The Awakening of Miss Prim is a delightful, thought-provoking, and sensitive novel that gives rise to theories about love and companionship, education, and the beauty of every passing moment.
I think this is a hard one to review as it is one of those books that you slowly sink into and the characters charm takes hold! The story is simple enough – Prudencia Prim is a highly intelligent woman, and she takes on a position as a private librarian in the French countryside she is intrigued and thinks it will be a great stepping stone for her in her quest to learn more about herself
What she doesn’t expect is to have her thoughts challenged and that is exactly what her new employer does – the man in the wingnut chair as he is known – and she often finds him to be quite blunt and brutal, but he is very clever in the way he makes her start questioning everything. For an intelligent woman she thinks she knows it all, but she soon learns that there is more to life than she thought.
The local villagers also feature quite highly in this book and their outlooks on life are also quite eye-opening for Miss Prim, but she starts to embrace their ways although she isn’t too keen when the local feminist society take it on themselves to put her name forward as they start a search for a husband for her! She is outraged but then she starts to analyse why they do it, and this is when we see a change in her for the better as she becomes much more open in her way of thinking
I definitely enjoyed this the more that I read, and understood the characters involved a little. For a lot of the book things never really seem to move on, but as it progresses you notice that it is a slow process as it is in real life and this book captures that beautifully.