I found the inclusion of Isabel's internal dialogue in this book rather irritating. Some of the ideas and themes were revisited too frequently for my taste, making me feel rather patronised by the author. Yes, I got that the first time it was mentioned. Further, I felt the motives for the actions or behaviour of some characters to be confusing or implausible. However, I'm pleased I persevered with the book, as I did find aspects of it quite enjoyable, tho not enjoyable enough to want to repeat the experience. No more Alexander McCall Smith for me, thanks.