Poor put-upon Bertie is still struggling to escape his overbearing mother's influence, his yoga lessons and his pink bedroom while wondering why new baby brother Ulysses looks uncomfortably like his psychotherapist. The insufferably handsome Bruce has returned from London to land, on his feet and rent-free, in the arms of heiress Julia Donald. But all is not well among the residents of 44 Scotland Street: Angus's dog and constant companion Cyril is under threat of execution, victim of a miscarriage of justice, while pretty, ...
Poor put-upon Bertie is still struggling to escape his overbearing mother's influence, his yoga lessons and his pink bedroom while wondering why new baby brother Ulysses looks uncomfortably like his psychotherapist. The insufferably handsome Bruce has returned from London to land, on his feet and rent-free, in the arms of heiress Julia Donald. But all is not well among the residents of 44 Scotland Street: Angus's dog and constant companion Cyril is under threat of execution, victim of a miscarriage of justice, while pretty, indecisive Pat and hopeless romantic Matthew are on the verge of making the most terrible mistake of their lives . . . Big Lou finds a new man, Matthew and Pat edge their relationship towards something more permanent - although this development is not without complications, when a glimpse of someone who just might be her handsome, caddish ex-flatmate Bruce sets Pat's pulse racing - and Domenica's friendship with Antonia is tested to the limit when an assortment of her belongings mysteriously appear in Antonia's new flat.
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I am so very happy to have embarked on the 44 Scotland Street series by Smith. I love each and every character--Alexander McCall Smith is an exqusite story teller and humanitarian...his insight into the human psyche is exquisite. I found the 5th book first and am reading my way back thru all of them--finishing up on number one now. This book on Bertie is fabulous...I love little Bertie and all of his trials with his very pretentious and over bearing mother...who cannot empathize with this child? I look forward to the 6th edition!
Apr 16, 2009
Hooray for McCall Smith
All of the 44 Scotland Street stories are irresistable. It's so easy to become attached to characters because they have their own charm. Very satisfying reading. Am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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