The Novel Habits of Happiness: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (10) – Alexander McCall Smith

Novel Habits of HappinessIsabel’s life is slightly off center. First, Cat, her niece has a new man in her life who seems too good to be true. Second, old enemies have appeared in Edinburgh, and may be moving there. And third, a young boy seems to be remembering a previous life. His mother has asked Isabel for help.

Isabel Dalhousie is editor and owner of the Review of Applied Ethics, and as an accomplished philosopher, her thoughts tend to wander onto odd paths, which I dearly love. Her musings and gentle wisdom are calming and stress relieving. Charlie, her son who is almost four, and Jamie her musician husband, complete this lovely family. Quite unlike TV families, these people are intelligent and caring. They solve the inevitable problems rationally and without tantrums. As with the other books, nothing much happens. If you are looking for action and adventure, stay away. Read only if you want to come away feeling that all is well with the world.

Although this is the tenth book in the series, the story can stand alone. But after reading this, it is probable the reader will want to start from the beginning.

eGalley review                      Publication date 7.21.15

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