Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story

Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie has an unstinting commitment to her principles. Sticking to her promises has always been one of them. Then Isabel runs into an old classmate facing marital and financial troubles, who reveals a secret that becomes more and more difficult for Isabel to keep. 
Thankfully, Isabel’s devoted husband, Jamie, is there to help our heroine navigate her competing moral obligations. Beautifully perceptive and witty, this original short story by Alexander McCall Smith shows Isabel calling upon all of her intelligence, charm, and tact.  
A Vintage Shorts "Short Story Month" Original Selection. An ebook short.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525431916
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 84,468
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:


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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Sweet Thoughtful Valentine is a short story in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. Having hit upon the right gift for Jamie’s birthday, Isabel Dalhousie, owner and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, treats herself to a wander around her favourite gallery. While there, she encounters an acquaintance and finds herself making a somewhat rash promise. It’s a promise that, with the hindsight of some later-learned information, causes Isabel no small difficulty. A little later, she indulges in a slightly mischievous courtesy that backfires on her. Back home, sorting through young Charlie’s pockets, Isabel accidentally discovers a secret, something she really would rather not know about. Both situations are discussed with Jamie, whose sound advice always gives Isabel pause for further thought. Her dilemmas give rise to questions about promises and obligations. Things do eventually sort themselves out, but Isabel learns that sometimes it’s impossible to please everyone. McCall Smith uses the events in Isabel’s everyday life to spur the reader into considering the philosophical aspects of our daily decisions. A small but very enjoyable dose of Dalhousie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love our thoughtful little family. It does my heart good, even if they are fictional, to delve into their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed then book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the Dalhousie novels. This is just a taste of something sweet. For the number of pages, it is overpriced.