The Peppermint Tea Chronicles
Alexander McCall Smith
It is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitues of Edinburgh’s favourite street some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting.
For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson – he of the clove-scented hair gel – it may finally be time to settle down, and surely it can only be a question of picking the lucky winner from the hordes of his admirers. The Duke of Johannesburg is keen to take his flight of fancy, a microlite seaplane, from the drawing board to the skies. Big Lou is delighted to discover that her young foster son has a surprising gift for dance but she is faced with big decisions to make on his and her futures. And with Irene now away to pursue her research in Aberdeen, her husband, Stuart, and infinitely long-suffering son, Bertie, are free to play. Stuart rekindles an old friendship over peppermint tea whilst Bertie and his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson get more they bargained for from their trip to the circus. And that’s just the beginning . . .
Humour is a huge part of life for [Alexander McCall Smith]. And there is no shortage of it in A Time of Love and Tartan . . . It's bold and brave, and deliciously arresting, but manages to stay true to life with its incisive reflections of human nature - Sunday Post A joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles, which moves beyond its setting to deal with deep moral issues and love, desire and friendship - Sunday Express on A Time of Love and Tartan
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