A Time of Love and Tartan

A Time of Love and Tartan

A 44 Scotland Street Novel

Book - 2018
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"When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boy--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525436553
Call Number: MCCALL
Characteristics: 247 pages illustration ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Apartment houses -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- Fiction.
Edinburgh (Scotland) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Humorous fiction.


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Jun 29, 2018

All books in this series are like a tea-time chat with a friend who loves to ponder the meaning of everyday life -- repeatedly, obsessively, and charmingly. If one can accept that ALL the characters spend time debating ethics, morality, the meaning of the social contract in a democracy in their heads, in implausibly sophisticated ways, as they go about their daily chores, the series works. It is an island of calm, intelligent sanity, and a refuge from the deluge of police procedurals starring dysfunctional detectives immersed in the most violent and depressing layers of society and apocalyptic science fiction that seem make up so much of popular fiction these days. McCall-Smith is always the professor, always teaching, reminding, nudging us to think about life, and about what holds civil society together. And he does it so effortlessly, and with such delightful turns of phrase that we are drawn in, almost in spite of ourselves.

Apr 05, 2018

I love these books (so much that I buy them in book format), but I like them especially to listen to while doing extremely boring things (like exercise, cooking, etc). Any chance that the library will be getting the audiobook version??


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