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The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel…
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The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) (Isabel… (edição: 2020)

de Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)

Séries: Isabel Dalhousie (13)

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Título:The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) (Isabel Dalhousie Series)
Autores:Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)
Informação:Pantheon (2020), 240 pages
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I've read quite a few of this author's books that feature Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but I had not delved into his other series. Partly that's because he is so very prolific that I couldn't even keep up with the one series let alone a whole host of others. But my wonderful husband saw this book in McNally Robinson when he was shopping for a birthday present for me and he thought I might enjoy it. I needed something light to read after ingesting a number of good but heavy reads so I plucked it off my TBR pile. It was a nice respite.

Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who edits a philosophy and ethics magazine. She, her musician husband and their two children live in suburban Edinburgh. Isabel is the recipient of funds from a family trust which means that she doesn't have any money worries but the book opens with her pondering if it is ethical to go to a posh restaurant with her husband. That is indicative of Isabel's life; she brings her ethical stance to almost every decision she makes. She agrees to be the executor for the will of a man she doesn't know because he has a remote connection to her family. She worries about the man who works in her niece's deli when the niece gets engaged and she and her fiance decide to sell the deli in order to finance a boat to take out on charters in the North Sea. Even asking her housekeeper to babysit the children is a moral decision for her. Of course, she handles every decision neatly. She may encounter a few bumps along the way but those are soon smoothed over.

Lovely little book that was just right for my mood. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 29, 2021 |
Meh. An acceptable diversion for the evening of November 3, 2020 - like hot chocolate with marshmallows and a bag of Oreo cookies. You don't even really feel better after you've finished, but it's better than leftover boiled cabbage. Isabel Dalhouse is a nice person. She has a perfect house in a splendid city, a beyond-perfect husband, perfectly unmessy and painless pregnancies that produce charming children, a totally devoted and utterly reliable babysitter on call at all times, and more money than God. She muses - in the abstract - about ethical questions. People have problems, she whips out her checkbook, and problem solved, in a sweet, harmonious way. The end.

It was an escape that served its purpose. but - like [b: Land of Long Lost Friends|43864583|To the Land of Long Lost Friends (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #20)|Alexander McCall Smith|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1556889487l/43864583._SY75_.jpg|68250091] - I think I'm done with McCall Smith. Too treacly, too insubstantial, too... patronizing? Privileged? Just unserious, pretty stuff - depends on your tolerance for cotton candy.

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  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Ethicist Isabelle Dalhousie is asked to act as executor for a terminally ill man's estate. She doesn't know him but they have many mutual friends, a fact that makes it impossible for her to refuse his request. At the same time, her niece, Cat, is in the process of making a decision that will affect the deli and its employee, Eddie. Isabel is convinced that Leo, Cat's fiance, is pushing Cat but is not sure how she can let her know her worries about him.

The Geometry of Holding Hands is the 13th book in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith but it is the first I have read. The story's charm and satisfying end to both Isabel's predicaments make for a very enjoyable read and I recommend it highly to anyone looking for a sweet comfort read to get them through these trying times.

Thanks to Netgalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the opportunity to read tis book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Mar 2, 2021 |
This is a solid addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series. It's one of the best. Isabel agrees to act as executor of a terminally ill man's estate, someone she doesn't know. She quickly regrets the decision and must deal with this decision. Closer to home, her niece Cat makes a decision which will affect the future of Eddie, the sole employee of her deli business. The outcome of this situation creates a major change to the series' storyline .
There is more suspense in this story than others and therefore makes for an entertaining read with a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jan 26, 2021 |
This has to be one of my favorite in the series. It felt like Isabel had gotten a backbone of sorts, in her own way, and we got to see Jamie in full morality mode which was fun.
The ending was delightful in some surprising ways. I loved the characters of Hamish and Gordon and am now just a bit tempted to try sherry with soda water. Definitely a comfort reread in the future. ( )
  RachellErnst | Jan 5, 2021 |
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