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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
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Dec 12, 11

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Read from November 28 to December 10, 2011

I can't quite choose a genre for this book as it was about friends, family and Isabel herself.

Isabel is a philosopher, she reviews for a magazine and she is very nosy. While looking after her neice's cafe she meet Ian, who has recently had a heart transplant and he tells Isabel how he has flashes of what he thinks is memories and he thinks it because of his new heart. Isabel decides to take on the task of finding who the donor was and who this person is that Ian is seeing. She pushes herself into a family who lost their son and finds a person fitting the description of this boy who died in a hit and run accident - the person she finds happens to be the boy's mother's partner. On her visit to them Isabel tells a white lie because she has to change her covery story as to why she is there visiting these people who does not know who have recently lost a son. On a second meeting Isabel finds out that this lad did not donate his organs so Isabel needs to find someone else. She does with the help of a friend and believe it or not the second boy who died has the same surname and died on the same day - this time by suicide and he has someone in his life who looks like the person Ian is seeing too - it is his father. Isabel goes to see this family too. I did not like Isabel very much. She also has a friend ship with a younger man, who would if he could be partner to her neiced Cat.

It was a rather boring book to me and it did get much discussion at book club.
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