Care. Some prolific authors can tire readers with shallow novels and immature characters. I never seem to tire of reading Alexander McCall Smith. In the sixth novel featuring philosopher Isabel Dalhousie titled, The Lost Art of Gratitude, Smith continues to develop Isabel as a complex character. Her relationship with Jamie continues to deepen, her work as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics provides her with stimulation, and her son, Charlie, is now eighteen months old, and he brings her great joy. Isabel exudes her care for others in this novel, while she maintains a solid center of gravity which keeps her steady against any obstacles. First-time readers can easily start here and be satisfied with a novel that does not rely on its predecessors to be complete. Any reader who appreciates character-driven novels will likely enjoy this one.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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