Well, we seem to have struck a chord with the February choices, so we’re going to stay in kind of the same neighborhood come March: a neighborhood where the accents are British, the chatter is witty, and the homes skew toward the “stately pile” ilk. The four choices touch on comedy, tragedy, romance, and heartbreak, and they come courtesy of next month’s leader, Terri Schlenger, who works with Real Simple’s copy department to produce the tablet editions of RS. Check out the choices below, then vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 26.
The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
This elegiac novel of postwar England is narrated by Stevens, a “perfect” English butler who comes to realize that his decades of devoted service to the far-from-perfect Lord Darlington have come at too high a price.
Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford
Set in England between the wars, this romantic comedy follows the travails of Polly Hampton, recently returned from India to find a suitable match in the “cold climate” of English high society.
A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster
When the cosseted young Englishwoman Miss Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence with her prim chaperone, she meets the entirely unsuitable George Emerson. Meanwhile, her mother has other ideas about suitors for Lucy—namely, the “smotheringly dull” Cecil Vyse back home.
Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
Gloomy, broken-down Cold Comfort Farm more than lives up to its name. When the newly orphaned, highly educated Londoner Flora Poste arrives in rural Sussex, circa 1930, to live on the farm with her eccentric relatives, nothing will ever be the same in this delightful comic novel.