Every now and then, a series of books come along that just allow the reader to do nothing but read, fall in love, laugh, smile and cry.
Alexander McCall Smith's series of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is one of those series. They are so predictable, but in a way that is comforting and joyful.
The 12th book, "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding" really nails everything that makes this series so good, and if it is the last book in the series, that will be fine because it feels as if all the loose ties have been tied together.
Old vans, new husbands, impetuous relationships, talking shoes and cups of bush tea all come together.
Of course, McCall Smith uses his familiar characters and simple writing style to tackle big truths. Does God forget some people? Why are some people in our lives? How often do we each get to hear what we all want to hear- that somebody likes us, just as we are, whatever our faults may be.
A joy to read; this book is a perfect summer read and addition to a wonderful series.