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The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: Mma Ramotswe 16 (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith

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Kindle Edition: 225 Pages.

Published: 17 September 2015 by Little, Brown Book Group

Edition: 01



Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life as the proprietress of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency gives her little time for relaxation. Nonetheless, she is persuaded by her co-director Mma Makutsi to take a holiday.

But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to interfere with the agency's cases - secretly, she intends . . . This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question. It also leads her to an orphan named Samuel. Meanwhile, Violet Sephotho, Mma Makutsi's arch-enemy, has had the temerity to set up a new secretarial college - one that aims to rival that great institution, the Botswana Secretarial College. Will she get her comeuppance? It will be a close-run thing.


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Quick and easy read but with some depth

The woman who walked in sunshine is Precious Ramotswe the proprietor of the Number One Ladies' detective Agency. She is a woman who feels blessed in her life because of her husband, her children, her friends and the country she lives in. It is a contentment which lies at the heart of this series of novels and which drives her character. Actually, when you look at what has happened to her over her life and the situation of many of her friends and family she could have a different and more bitter view of things and it is the joy of these books that we see how this more positive look at things can be achieved without in any way being preached at.

Mme Ramotswe is persuaded into taking a holiday and fails completely. She is asked to intervene in a case and she also finds a case of her own. These don't have much substance and nor does the plot but they act as a basis for the relationship between Mme Ramotswe and her assistant/partner Mme Makusi to be explored. The author cleverly shows us how assumptions about others and lack of trust are not a good thing and inhibit growth in a relationship.

This is not a preachy book. It is actually a light and quick read - and very enjoyable too but there are some lessons about life in and among the whimsy. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

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