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By Alexander McCall Smith

Amanda and her daughter Clover reside in a close-knit neighborhood of expats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic position to all appearances. however the cozy island existence can turn into stifling in demanding instances. As Clover falls for her old flame, and permits her center to chart her life’s path, Amanda realizes that she has fallen out of affection with Clover’s father, and that her rigorously mapped-out destiny is admittedly unknown territory. over the years, mom and daughter try and navigate their selected paths, as they're each one torn among the desires they cherish and the truth they face.

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These have been the final 4 digits of his quantity: 1492. it'd be really easy to dial them. sixteen “All correct. I’ve advised you all approximately me. Now it’s your flip. inform me all approximately your self. every little thing. i would like to listen to every little thing. Don’t go away whatever out. ” there have been simply the 2 women within the room, which was once a small learn, evidently provided with desks above each one of which a bookcase were hooked up to the wall. those bookcases were choked with textbooks – an creation to arithmetic, physics, a French grammar – and some own goods – a framed picture of a puppy, a lustrous conch shell; mementoes of domestic. It was once Katie who spoke, and he or she waited now for Clover’s solution. “It’d be dull to inform you every thing. ” ‘No,” stated Katie. “It wouldn’t. i would like to understand. every little thing. If we’re sharing, i need to recognize. I simply need to. ” “I come from the Cayman Islands. good, that’s the place my mom and dad went to paintings and i've lived there all my existence. It’s domestic, even if my mother’s relocating to Edinburgh now and my father goes to stick in the market – for his activity. “I have one brother, Billy. He’s alright, i assume. You stated you will have a more youthful brother, so that you recognize what I suggest. He’s going to college in Edinburgh and should be dwelling with my mum. That’s why she’s moved, you notice – to be there for Billy whereas he’s in class. “There used to be a person again in Cayman who helped take care of us. She’s referred to as Margaret. She’s a super prepare dinner, yet she’s acquired this husband who’s rather skinny – you need to see him – you wouldn’t imagine he was once married to anyone who used to be one of these nice cook dinner. She’s from Jamaica. these humans placed loads of sizzling spices of their cookery they usually have this pepper that they name Scotch Bonnet. You can’t truly consume it or it'll burn your mouth off. you place it in a stew after which you are taking it out – it leaves the various hotness at the back of it. ” She made a gesture of completeness. “That’s all. ” “Come on! ” “There rather isn’t even more. ” “What approximately neighbors? who're your folks? ” She instructed her approximately acquaintances in school. “And any boys? ” She didn't resolution at the beginning, and Katie needed to suggested her. “I advised you approximately Andy. you'll want to inform me. ” “There’s a boy referred to as James. ” “I love that identify. ” Katie rolled her eyes in mock bliss. “I want I knew an individual known as James. Is he great? ” Clover nodded. “He’s the nicest boy I’ve ever met. you understand how boys are – how they continually sing their own praises? He’s in contrast to that. He’s the other. ” “He’s style? ” “Yes. He listens to you. He’s effortless to talk to. ” “I love him already,” stated Katie. “Have you been out with him? ” “We went to a film as soon as – with another humans. ” “That doesn’t count number. no longer if there have been people. That’s no longer a formal date. ” “You didn’t exit with Andy. ” “I by no means stated I did. I acknowledged i needed to, yet he by no means requested me. ” “Well, James requested me to visit that motion picture. And he’s been to my residence a great deal of instances. ” Katie took time to give some thought to this. “He needs to such as you. ” She hesitated, and Katie seized at the hesitation. “He doesn’t? That’s relatively undesirable success, Clovie. relatively undesirable success. ” “I didn’t say he didn’t like me.

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