Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers by Alexander McCall Smith

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: The New 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith --- 295 pages

The ninth book in this charming series about the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street, Edinburgh and their various assorted friends and families.  The thread that draws these vignettes together is the much anticipated seventh birthday of Bertie Pollack, but interspersed with the indignities visited upon the long-suffering Bertie by his domineering mother Irene, we find new installments in the continuing stories of newlyweds Angus and Domenica coping with a difficult house guest; Matthew and Elspeth house hunting with triplets, Danish au pairs, and the Duke of Johannesburg in tow; Pat McGregor's disconcerting discovery of her father's secret love life; and a new development in Big Lou's quest for purpose and happiness.

A gently comic slice of life, this is a series that leaves the reader refreshed and hopeful that, despite our faults and foibles, there is still hope for humanity.

Click HERE to read a review from the UK Sunday Express.

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