Alexander McCall Smith - La's Orchestra Saves the World (4 stars)

Alexander McCall Smith - La's Orchestra Saves the World

When a master of storytelling such as Alexander McCall Smith puts pen to paper, we have come to expect great things. And he doesn't disappoint with this latest stand-alone title, a warm and captivating tale of strength, passion and friendship set in wartime Britain. Following an education at Cambridge and a young marriage, La Stone moves to a sleepy Suffolk village to escape painful memories in London just as war is declared on Nazi Germany. Times are so tough that she sets up an orchestra for the inhabitants of the surrounding areas in an effort to boost morale among both civilians and soldiers, developing extremely close bonds in the process.

McCall Smith captures these characters and the era beautifully, but perhaps most impressive is heroine La with her love of music and unwavering spirit keeping us hooked from start to finish. Yet another literary triumph to add to the list.

La's Orchestra Saves the World is published by Polygon.

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