Bertie Wooster is invited to Brinkley Court to canvas for his friend Ginger who is running for Parliament, only to find that he must save Ginger from blackmail and romantic troubles, with the aid of Jeeves. Bertie Wooster discovers that his old friend Ginger Winship is not only engaged to be married to the beautiful, intellectual Florence Craye, but that he is an aspiring politician is standing in the by-election at Market Snodsbury, Aunt Dahlia's town. Aunt Dahlia wants Bertie to canvas for Ginger. Ginger is not enthusiastic and is only running for Parliament because Florence wants him to. They all go to Aunt Dahlia's home, Brinkley Court, to prepare for the by-election.
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However, Ginger begins to fall in love with his American secretary Magnolia and he would do anything possible to make Florence break the engagement with him. Bertie cannot have this because it might risk Florence becoming engaged to Bertie. Luckily opportunity arrives in the form of an old valet of Bertie's, Bingley, who is a member of the same private valet club as Jeeves is. He has stolen a book that the valet club has that has intimate details about all of the valets' employers - including Ginger Winship. Bingley seeks to blackmail Ginger since the information in that book would shatter his chances at election. Ginger is elated to discover this since he never wanted to run for Parliament anyway and only tried it for Florence, so this would be the perfect way to get Florence to break up with him. Jeeves, however, manages to steal the book back from Bingley, since there are better ways to break the engagement. He advises Ginger to tell voters to vote for his opponent, which Ginger does, and Florence breaks up with him, leaving him to marry Magnolia. She does not come after Bertie, however, when Jeeves tells her that Bertie's terrible attempts to play instruments and sing all day would give anyone who lived with him a permanent headache.
And Jeeves returns the book to the valet club - but not before removing everything he had ever written about Bertie Wooster.
And so Jeeves helps Ginger embrace true love while helping Bertie dodge a bullet in this rather simple Wodehouse novel.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that it emphasized marrying for the right reasons and choosing a career for the right reasons.
Best scene in story:
The scene in which Ginger describes how his secretary makes him feel manly and alive - it sort of embodies all the flaws that Florence has in the way she treats her boyfriends like children who will be rewarded for good behavior.
Opinion about the main character:
Bertie Wooster is sweet and amiable.