I have read the 86th book for the book challenge. It was The Lost Art Of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (6) by Alexander McCall Smith.
In this Isabel Dalhousie novel, Isabel and Jamie decide to marry. Jamie has asked Isabel to marry him, again. This time, Isabel has said yes. She has been rethinking her previous answer to him and she had decided that if he ever asked her again she would say yes. She has put aside her worries about her being so much older than Jamie. All that matters is that they will be happy together and that Charlie has two parents who love him. They announce their engagement to their friends and to Isabel’s niece Cat. But Cat has an announcement of her own. She is engaged to a tightrope walker and stuntman named Bruno. Isabel and Jamie meet him at a dinner party that Isabel holds for Cat and Bruno. Bruno tells them about the movies he has been in. Cat seems to be happy. Bruno wears elevator shoes. Isabel wonders how long this romance will last.
Jamie has been composing little songs. He has been writing music and has even made a little song about olives for his son. Charlie’s first word has been “olive.” He likes olives and Jamie composes a song about “Olives All Gone” for Charlie. He also composes another song with words that he found by a poet. This song is for Isabel.
Jamie comes in one day from the garden with news of Brother Fox. He is injured. Isabel knows they need to get the vet to take care of him. So she calls the trapper to come in a trap Brother Fox so that the vet can come and take a look at his injury. The trapper thinks she is crazy to have a vet take a look at a fox, but for 100 pounds he will trap the fox. They capture Brother Fox. The vet comes and gives Brother Fox a sedative. He cleans and stitches up his wound and they let him go. He is groggy for a while but then gets better and stays around the garden. He yelps when Jamie is singing his song. Jamie says he is singing.
Isabel meets up with an old acquaintance, Minty Auchterlonie. She has a son who is a little older than Charlie and Charlie is invited to Rodrick’s birthday party. Isabel and Jamie and Charlie go to the birthday party. Minty tells Isabel that she is having trouble with an old lover, who is Rodrick’s natural father, with whom she had an affair. He wants to see Rodrick and is threatening to tell her husband about the affair. She wants Isabel to talk to him and convince him to drop his effort to see Rodrick and to stop bothering her. Isabel reluctantly agrees. She meets the man, Josh, in a garden and talks to him. Then she later meets him him his office. He tells Isabel that she has supposedly threatened to make trouble for him at his law firm if he didn’t drop his claim to his son. Isabel assures him that she did not do this. That she never threatened to expose him. But he decides to drop his claim to his son, even though he committed some vandalism against his former lover. Then Isabel decides to visit a man whom Minty had had business dealings with and who sued Minty over these dealings. He doesn’t want to see Isabel but Isabel pushes for a meeting. He is very rude to her and asks why she is threatening him. She states that she never threatened him. He shows her a letter with her signature that threatens him if he doesn’t stop his suit against Minty. It is a forgery. Isabel goes back to Minty and asks her why she used her name to threaten people. Minty says she sees nothing wrong in using Isabel’s name to get people to do what she wanted. Isabel is through with Minty.
Isabel is thinking that she and Jamie should have Cat and Bruno to dinner again. But Jamie tells her that Cat and Bruno are finished. Bruno was performing when Cat called out to him and he lost his concentration and fell. He sprained his ankle and broke up with Cat. Poor Cat. Unlucky in love again.
This is another wonderful Isabel Dalhousie novel. I’m so happy that Isabel and Jamie are going to be married. Isabel seems to be so happy in her life. She does get involved in other people’s lives though. Minty was a piece of work, the way she involved Isabel in her dirty work. Isabel learned her lesson. Maybe.