emmaAlexander McCall Smith writes delightful books and his latest, Emma, A Modern Retelling is a modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s book of the same name. McCall Smith is a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh when he’s not writing books such as No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. His characters are always interesting and usually include an eccentric or two to provide some chuckles.

Emma is the spoiled daughter of a country gentleman who completes an interior design degree at the University of Bath without being aware of the fact most people in this world do not enjoy the same benefits and privileges in life that she does. She’s spirited and creative but sadly lacking in genuine empathy and understanding. Her efforts at playing cupid to those around her do not go as planned and she is forced to adjust her perspective on the world and the people around her.

I love McCall Smith’s style of writing. His rhythmic and precise use of words is so magical I find my brain reading his stories with an English accent. Emma begins with an entertaining first chapter that had me hooked immediately. As the story progresses we become less sympathetic to the lead character, Emma (that was Austen’s intent and not the creation of the author). There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged but ultimately, I found the ending a bit trite and over-simplified—again, perhaps this is more the result of Austen’s original plot (I never read her Emma). Give it a go. I think you’ll enjoy it and will get your money’s worth.

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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. Thanks for this! I love his Ladies Detective Agency books!
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