I don't remember where I got the recommendation. Prolly from Bookmarks, a journal that the school library takes. And because I was the person who discovered the journal, the librarian brings me each new issue as soon as it arrives, for my perusal.
Anyway, back to the Major. I just loved this book. Major Pettigrew is a sixtyish British widower, very traditional, very proper, and very thoughtful. Unexpectedly, he finds himself developing a friendship-or-more with Mrs. Ali, a Pakistani widow who has a shop in the village. His son, the members of the club, even the Vicar are bewildered by what is happening.
A first novel. Beautifully written. Could picture the scenes. Even began to cast the movie.
Give it a try, why don't you?