A Time of Love and Tartan

Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Series: 44 Scotland Street, Book 12
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series.

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.

Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boys - Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay - it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.

Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been at the center of life in Edinburgh's New Town.

©2018 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2018 Recorded Books

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love this series

couldn't stop listening. read the entire book in one day. as enjoyable as always -- I'm already waiting for the next installment.

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So enjoyable

If you’ve never listen to an Alexander McCall Smith book you’re in for a treat. Mr. Smith has a way of taking you and your mind to beautiful places, simpler places, that make you feel happy. There are many life lessons in each of his books but nothing that is in your face or preachy. Of all of the series, 44 Scotland St. is by far my Favorite followed closely by the number one ladies detective agency. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to pass the time while driving a long distance then to listen to one of his books.

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Satisfying conclusion for Bertie's story

I liked that Bertie is not let down in the conclusion. Wish it were longer.

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One of my favourite listening series

Absolutely love Robert Ian Mackenzie's narration. Love the characters, the storyline and bringsback good memories of Edinburgh

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Deepening our relationship

In this book we deepen our relationships with the characters as their relationships continue to evolve. A beautiful chapter in the ongoing tale. I hope it doesn’t end for a long time.

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Always a pleasure.

The on going lives of these Scott's is an adventure. There is humor and surprise as they go forward. I can hardly wait to see how things work out. My blind neighbor and I listen together. We are waiting for #13 to arrive. We guess at what may happen next.

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Profound sad and funny

Astute commentator on contemporary issues. Hope we have heard the last of Irene and the next book will see Stuart happier

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Great Read

another satisfying installment in the story of the residents of 44 Scotland st. The narration of this book is first rate.

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Another excellent AMcS 44 Scotland Street

I loved the turn of events that promise to bring new adventures in the next series.

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I ♡ that Stuart was developed as a character more!

I love that Stuart was developed more as a character and the plot thickens with Matthew & family