Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith.  Isabel Dalhousie is thriving with her little
family: her toddler Charlie, her fianc√© Jamie, and even her housekeeper Grace. She meets a visiting philosopher who enlists her help in finding her birthparents. Meanwhile, the dastardly professor Lettuce appears to have sicced his budding scholar nephew on Isabel. 

As usual, this series is less a mystery than an occasion for Isabel and her circle to ruminate, meditate, and sometimes even act on moral questions, some of which are trickier than others. Isabel’s ethics are always based on her knowledge of human nature gained from her thoughtful interactions with her family and friends. Even with her acute sensitivity to appropriate behavior, Isabel isn’t beyond making mistakes herself sometimes, and needing to deal with the consequences of those errors. The day I give one of his books any less than 5* will be a sad day indeed. 5/5* 

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