La’s Orchestra Saves the World – Alexander McCall Smith

A stand alone Alexander McCall Smith novel, this book tells the tale of Lavender, La to her friends. An educated country woman, she is driven out of London to Suffolk when her husband abandons her on the eve of world war two.

As she establishes her new life in a small village we learn how close communities pull together in hard circumstances, and how music and friendship together can help heal a broken heart and give hope for a better future.

I thought that La lacks the depth of character that Isabel and Precious Ramotswe possess, possibly due to the lack of space to develop a relationship with this woman in just one book. It is a pleasant lightweight read for an afternoon with tea and cakes in the garden, but doesn’t offer an intellectual challenge at all.

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