In this eighth installment in Alexander McCall Smith's captivating Isabel Dalhousie series, our irrepressible heroine tries to untangle complex questions about both the past and the present. Isabel's new friend Jane Cooper, a visiting Australian philosopher who was adopted as a small child, has come to Edinburgh searching for information about her biological father. Naturally, Isabel is more than happy to offer her services. At the same time, she must find time for her own concerns: her young son Charlie, who's leaving babyhood further behind each day; her housekeeper Grace, who has recently begun getting financial advice from her spiritualist; her niece Cat, who's in a new relationship, and the most pressing question of all: when and how Isabel and Jamie will finally get married. As she investigates the forgotten affairs of youth Isabel begins to wonder what those affairs lead to in the present, and in the process she discovers a whole new understanding of the meaning of family.
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"The latest in Alexander McCall Smith's charming Isabel Dalhousie series gives us Isabel and friends, beautifully narrated by Davina Porter, attempting to resolve the philosophies of familial relations. Isabel, full-time philosopher and part-time sleuth, is introduced to Jane, a fellow philosopher who is visiting Edinburgh from Australia. Jane is attempting to discover the identity of her father--and asks for Isabel's help. Alongside this delicate investigation, Isabel ruminates on her own family life--her fiancŽ, Jamie, and small son, Charlie; her irascible niece, Cat; and her thoroughly Scottish housekeeper, Grace. Porter's accomplished performance is soothing but never dull as she thoughtfully renders each voice in this most amiable of novels. K.O. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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