Friday, March 18, 2016
The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
The Forever Girl was a little different from the famous No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and had no quirky characters like Mme Ramotswe that Alexander McCall Smith has a gift for creating. It was, instead, a book about relationships, both those of children/teenagers and of their parents. The Cayman Islands give a beautiful and colorful backdrop to the story, contrasted with the dismal skies and gray stone buildings of Scotland. He also gives us insight into living on a small Caribbean island, with its rich residents and poor workers (who mostly come from Jamaica). Although I always like Alexander McCall Smith's writing, I would have liked some of the other characters developed a little more, that of the Jamaican house help for example rather than focusing on the self indulgent rich.