Wodehouse without the Drone,
This review is from: French Leave (Paperback)
Teresa `Terry' Trent, American chicken farmer, on receiving a small windfall travels on holiday to the French resort of Roville to see how the other half live. The Marquis de Maufringneuse knows how the other half live, having once belonged to it, and now he is acting as an adventurer seeking rich American Women to introduce to his novelist son Jeff, the Comte d'Escrignon. On meeting Terry he assumes she to be rich enough to keep her father in law in the manner he used to be accustomed and so he is instrumental in their blossoming romance until he realises Terry has no money when he tries to break them up.
Confusion with the Marquis de Maufringneuse's ex-wife, two mineral water millionaires, a bent policeman, a drunken publisher and some stolen money all ensure that true love doesn't run a smooth course however we needn't worry too much, in Wodehouse's world only those whom truly deserve it get an unhappy ending.
A Wodehouse novel written without his usual formula, containing no references to members of the Drones or any of Wodehouse's stock characters; I should be praising it for its originality and as a jewel in the Wodehouse crown but if I'm honest what it is lacking is an English ass as the hero and a Country house setting, sorry.