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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (Isabel…
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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (Isabel Dalhousie, #10.7) (utgåvan 2016)

av Alexander McCall Smith

Serier: Isabel Dalhousie (10.5 Short Story)

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Edinburgh basks in glorious, but brief, summer sunshine, and Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, philanthropist and mother - searches for the perfect birthday present for her husband Jamie. While carefully seeking out a gift, Isabel finds herself at a viewing for an auction, and happens upon an old friend in distress - a friend who decides to unburden herself of her secrets, and to reveal a clue within a painting hanging on the walls of the auction house. Soon Isabel discovers that this secret binds her not only to her friend, but also to another woman. Questions about morality and loyalty disturb Isabel's peaceful existence with her young son and precious family, but she must face up to them in order to ensure that no-one is led astray.… (mer)
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Isabel has to decide which friend to disoblige in the case of a painting which is worth far more than the auction house knows. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 23, 2020 |
Isabel Dalhousie is selecting the perfect Valentine's gift for Jamie when she encounters an old school acquaintance who wants to show her a painting on view at a nearby auction house. The school acquaintance, Roz, has run into some money difficulties, and believes she's identified the painting as misidentified and by a far more important artist than listed. Roz hopes to repair her fortunes by picking up the picture for a song and reselling it much closer to its true value.

Isabel promises to keep quiet, but has misgivings. A promise is a promise, though, so...

Then she discovers that the seller is an old friend whose mother is in a nursing home and whose financial reversals have been far more serious.

As is typical for an Isabel Dalhousie story, this is a story of thought and reflection, not action. Isabel chews over the problem in her own way, while also listening to and considering Jamie's far more direct, straightforward approach to the moral and ethical problem.

I like these characters and enjoy their musings and struggles of the mind. However, these are not the stories to pick up for action and quick-moving stories.

Highly recommended, but for those looking for a thoughtful rather than an exciting read.

I bought this story. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Edinburgh basks in glorious, but brief, summer sunshine, and Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, philanthropist and mother - searches for the perfect birthday present for her husband Jamie. While carefully seeking out a gift, Isabel finds herself at a viewing for an auction, and happens upon an old friend in distress - a friend who decides to unburden herself of her secrets, and to reveal a clue within a painting hanging on the walls of the auction house. Soon Isabel discovers that this secret binds her not only to her friend, but also to another woman. Questions about morality and loyalty disturb Isabel's peaceful existence with her young son and precious family, but she must face up to them in order to ensure that no-one is led astray.

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