Alexander McCall Smith's new book, Trains and Lovers, is a stand-alone novel not tied to any of his series.
"A friendship maybe be conceived in four hours; a short book finished and put away; a life remembered."
I love Alexander McCall Smith's writing style. His characters and stories need no pageantry. He can say so much in so few words! I find it absolutely stunning.
Trains and Lovers dances on the edge of being a collection of four short stories. The four travelers sporadically and spontaneously pause the story with their own introspection or to briefly converse with each other. This brings it all together into one cohesive novel.
Each story held my attention page after page. I couldn't stop reading the mini-mystery that came along with the Englishman's story. But my favorite of all was the Australian woman's account of her parents and the profound impact of their very simple, well-lived, and well-loved life.
Trains and Lovers is an experience; the pages flew by. Alexander McCall Smith did not disappoint!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.