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Flowers For Mrs. Harris by Paul Gallico
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Jan 11, 2011

really liked it

Mrs Harris is very down to earth cleaning lady who gives the impression of the cockney Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady. When she opens her mouth to speak, all you can think of is the real East End.. She is an adorable character who is hard working and is as honest as the day is long. She works hard for her money and yet lives simply until she lays eyes upon a Dior dress. A need like no other takes over her and she will stop at nothing until she owns a similar dress. Never mind, that it will take her a couple of years to save for it, never mind that she will never be able to wear it anywhere; she wants one and she will have one. Mrs Harris goes to great lengths in order to realise her dream and eventually she finds herself walking in the hallways of the House of Dior. At first the staff see her as a ghastly commoner, not fit to walk in their building, but they all soon fall in love with her East End charm that warms the cockles of their hearts.
The book is set during the 1930's and it is interesting to watch as Mrs Harris single handedly pulls down class barriers, no one can resist her charm, wit and her wonderful view of life.
This is a delightful read which leaves you feeling warm inside. There are a few upsets within the last couple of chapters, but Mrs Harris is not one to be depressed for long. I hope to read the rest of the books in this series soon.

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