The Forever Girl

Hardcover | February 11, 2014

byAlexander Mccall Smith

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The author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series now gives us The Forever Girl, a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unex­pected places to which this can lead us.
 
Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortu­nate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cay­man Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James.
 
But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, espe­cially when they are faced with difficult situa­tions. At the same time that Clover falls in love with James, Amanda realizes that she has fallen out of love with David . . . and that she is in­terested in someone else. While Amanda tries to navigate the new path her heart is leading her down, Clover finds, much to her dismay, that James seems to be growing away from her. And when they leave the island for boarding school—James to England and Clover to Scot­land—she feels she may have lost him for good. As Clover moves on to university, seldom see­ing James but always carrying him in her heart, she finds herself torn between a desire to go for­ward with her life and the old feelings that she just can’t shed.
 
Through the lives of Clover and James, and Amanda and David, acclaimed storyteller Alex­ander McCall Smith tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that beau­tifully demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives.

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The author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series now gives us The Forever Girl, a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unex­pected places to which this can lead us.  Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortu­nate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community o...

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.51 × 5.8 × 1.24 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345807553

ISBN - 13:9780345807557

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great I have read other books by McCall Smith that I enjoyed a lot more. This one read more like a soap opera or Harlequin Romance. Not his best book.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Disappointing I'm a huge AMS fan, but this story was disappointing in the end. The story was intriguing in the beginning, but then it dragged on unnecessarily too long and in the end, my question was, "Really?! Is that it?" A bit too predictable, easy and based on the previous actions of the lead male character over a number of years, didn't really make a lot of sense and a bit unplausible.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read Alexander McCall Smith never fails to keep my attention. My first encounter with him was through The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series that is set in Botswana, and they were lovely. The author's ability to build characters' inner life; the wonderful musings, passions and dreams that drive his characters are heartwarming and believable. I adored the Forever Girl and her forever love. There was not one moment I wanted to stop reading, and not one moment of disappointment. I am rather sad it is over!
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Forever Girl It takes a while to get into it but it is worth the effort. I enjoy Smith's writing. It is a satisfying thought provoking read.
Date published: 2014-04-18

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Praise for Alexander McCall Smith “McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers.” —The New York Times  “McCall Smith’s novels are beautifully precise and psychologically acute.” —The Independent  “A vivid observer and an elegant writer.” —The Plain Dealer  “An excellent old-fashioned storyteller.” —The Gazette  “A writer who charms many readers . . . McCall Smith’s characters are well-drawn and alive.” —Providence Journal