This romantic comedy is set in London shortly before the beginning of the Second World War and is based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson. The film tells the story of one day in the life of Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), a priggish governess who has just been fired from her fourth job in a row. The head of her employment agency refuses to help her get another job, so, homeless and desperate, Pettigrew decides to steal a job already assigned to another colleague. She manages to bluff her way into a position as a social secretary for the dilettante American actress/singer Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). She quickly finds, to her disgust, that Lafosse is involved with three men: Nick (Mark Strong), a controlling and wealthy club owner, Michael (Lee Pace) a penniless pianist who is truly devoted to her, and Phil (Tom Payne) a young theatre producer "in training" who could get her a role in the West End. Pettigrew eventually overcomes her horror and forms an unlikely friendship with her employer that could change both their lives. The film could have been a mushy fairy tale about love, choices and possibilities, but a strong cast, expert cinematography and beautiful costumes and locations make it a quirky and pleasant movie to watch.