The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1) The No. 1 Lady Detective, Precious Ramotswe, is clever, practical and enterprising. She solves puzzling mysteries for her neighbors, outwitting dishonest husbands, con artists and thieves. The setting of Botswana plays a fascinating role in the story too. I love Alexander McCall Smith's witty and insightful style.
I read this book after seeing the famous unicorn tapestries in Paris. The plot revolves around both the French family who commissioned the tapestries as well as the Belgian weavers who created them. I enjoyed the medieval setting, the details of how the tapestries were made and the well-developed characters in this fascinating historical novel.
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman. My favorite travel memoir used to be My Love Affair with England by Susan Allen Toth. Now, Alice Steinbach's beautiful narrative of her year of self-discovery has won the first place blue ribbon. Taking a sabbatical from her job as a newspaper columnist and reporter in Baltimore, Alice sets out on a European adventure beginning in Paris and concluding in Venice.
My mother recommended this book which tells the story of Denny Swift, an ambitious race car driver who faces a personal crisis as his career is about to take off, and his faithful dog, Enzo. The novel is narrated by the dog, who reflects back on his life with his master as he waits to be taken to the vet for the last time. Enzo is convinced he will come back as a person in his next life. I enjoyed the novel's unique point-of-view and learning a little bit about car racing.
In this charming historical romance, a Russian heiress flees her native land during the revolution and winds up in England, penniless and without a home. To earn money so her brother can stay in school, she finds a job as a maid at a country estate. Before long, she settles into the household below stairs. To her dismay, she becomes irresistibly attracted to the Earl of the manor, who has returned from war, bringing his beautiful fiancee home to meet his family.