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    • ISBN:9780349138718
    • Publication date:26 Feb 2015

The Forever Girl

By Alexander McCall Smith

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A beautiful, touching and often heart-breaking standalone novel about love and friendship from Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Clover has loved James for as long as she can remember, since before she knew what what love was. But fate seems determined to keep them apart. As children, Clover and James played beside a turquoise sea under cloudless skies, their Caribbean island home a place of pleasure and privilege, of lush lawns and tennis parties. In such a paradise nothing should obstruct the kind of happiness Clover dreams of, except that, as she discovers, true love is often harder than paradise allows for. And when Clover's mother falls out of love with her husband, a web of complications is woven that may take Clover a lifetime to unravel. If she ever can . . . Tender and true, The Forever Girl traces love's unpredictable path to maturity with style, wit and feeling.

Biographical Notes

Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his works have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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  • ISBN: 9781405516037
  • Publication date: 06 Feb 2014
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His most surprising book yet . . . Smith's writing has charm and wisdom, and Clover's quest for her beloved is gorgeously romantic — The Times
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