by Barba Pym
I have to admit to being a bit of a newbie as far as Barbara Pym is concerned, this being only the second of her books I have read.
This is the story of Wilmet Forsyth, a bored young housewife, living in the London suburbs with her husband, Rodney, and her mother-in-law Sybil.
She begins to attend a local church, becoming increasingly involved with the clergy and their congregation. But that is not her only distraction; she has also become the focus of attention for the brother of her closest friend.
First published in 1958. A Glass of Blessings offers an insight into the prejudices of the time. Wilmet is bored, but there is no realistic chance of her returning to work; wives of men who work at “the Ministry” are supposed to stay at home, arrange the flowers and play hostess for dinner parties.
Wilmet is very much a product of her times. Even her flirtations have an innocence about them. The book itself is a joy to read, as much for the naivety of its characters as for the story itself which is light and easy going.
Pym’s renewed reputation has allowed readers such as myself to enjoy her work. Whilst they may not be challenging, what I have read so far have been enjoyable and entertaining.