The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine – by Alexander McCall Smith
FROM AMAZON’S BOOK DESCRIPTION:
“Precious Ramotswe, the esteemed proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, now faces her greatest challenge yet: a vacation!
Business is slow at the agency—so slow in fact that, for the first time in her distinguished career, Mma Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The week of uninterrupted peace is cut short, however, when she meets Samuel, a wayward young boy with a troubled past. Moreover, Mma Ramotswe can’t help but wonder how the agency is faring in her absence. Her worries grow when she discovers that Mma Makutsi is handling a rather delicate case.
Ultimately, the situation will require Mma Ramotswe to draw upon her kindness, generosity, and good sense, and will serve to remind them all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.”
“Mma Ramotswe remembered exactly how it was that the subject of taking a holiday arose.”
(Page 109) “She had always preferred to remember the positive points in a person’s life, but she knew that there were those who thought less of her for that. To dwell on such things was said by some to be a sign that you were not aware of how things really were; but she was, she was. She knew as well as anyone that the world could be a place of trial and sorrow, that there was injustice and suffering and heartlessness – there was enough of all that to fill the great Kalahari twice over, but what good did it do to ponder that and that alone? None, she thought.”
I’m afraid I’m beginning to sound like a broken record when reviewing the books in this series, but what I always have to say is positive, so I guess that makes it okay. Here we are at book 16 and despite the ordinary-ness of the characters’ lives, I’m always pleased to lose myself in their world and feel totally satisfied at the conclusion. Even the fact they’re a bit formulaic is soothing. It never comes across as stale.
I felt this volume had a little more humor than usual and I noted the author touched, however so lightly, on some more serious issues of our times.
Bottom line – it continues to be a wonderful series that never fails to capture my heart and imagination. Enough said.