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The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
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Feb 26, 12

Read from February 17 to 26, 2012

Reading one of the Isabel Dalhousie books is like visiting an old and dear friend. Just for a few days, I am taken away to Edinburgh and enjoying walks around town, visits to the deli owned by Isabel's niece, Cat, and sipping cups of tea in the warm, toasty kitchen. Each book is time to catch up. Isabel is an extremely likable character; she is smart, thoughtful, and has a rather exacting moral compass; she is full of common sense and filled with love for her family and country. Even though this is the eighth book in the series, I never seem to tire of her "meddling" in the affairs of others, her love/hate relationship with her housekeeper, Grace, or news of Cat's new boyfriend. In this book Isabel does help a fellow philosopher find a missing family member, learn a secret about a nemesis, while suffering mushroom poisoning and learning that the fox in her garden has a cub. Her love story with Jamie also advances. A very satisfying read.
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