A Distant View of Everything

A Distant View of Everything

Large Print - 2017
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A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie--but almost four-year-old son Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her inquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel's intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First Large Print Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781524780159
Characteristics: large print
369 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Summary: A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie--but almost four-year-old son Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her inquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel's intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.

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pokano
Sep 04, 2017

This is the 2017 book in McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel is asked to investigate a doctor who seems to specialize in getting wealthy women to part with their money. I found this one somewhat more interesting to read than the last one, but only just. Isabel spends too much time counting angels on heads of pins and worrying about nonexistent issues!

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rukashaza5
Sep 01, 2017

As usual, absolutely excellent. Isabel always makes sure to leave no misunderstandings, although that would be so much easier.

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