A delightful story about a widowed British major who unexpectedly finds his relationship with shopkeeper Mrs. Ali deepening when she comes to his aid following his brother’s death. However, she is a foreigner. Can the village accept her? This novel is filled with memorable characters, including the Major’s horrid sister-in-law, his self-centered son, and Mrs. Ali’s conflicted nephew. Highly recommended. The audio version is particularly well done.