When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce, a bigwig at home in Texas, several confounding situations unfurl at once. Tom's young fiancée's roving eye leads Isabel to believe that money may be the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is the root of the interest Tom begins to show for Isabel herself? And she can't forget about her niece, Cat, who's busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama's boy. Of course Grace and Isabel's friend Jamie counsel Isabel to stay out of all of it, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake, when to tell the truth and when to keep one's mouth shut.
It is June in Edinburgh and, besides her editing of The Review of Applied Ethics, and the difficulties self-imposed with this, Isabel has her sunny days filled with procuring an apartment for Grace, her housekeeper; a month-long visit from her much-loved American cousin Mimi; and her burgeoning awareness, and acknowledgement, of her feelings for Jamie. And still with time to speculate, and meddle, in the affairs of an American couple staying for the summer in Edinburgh.
The Right Attitude to Rain thus offers a more fleshed-out story of former anecdotes, especially some only briefly alluded to in the past books. Isabel’s history, and her mother’s; her relationship with Grace, her responsibilities, her desires, her needs and her dreams are given more substance, along with a release from the anguish of her earlier hurt. And this release is possible as Isabel, along with everyone around her, recognises her developing intimacy with her younger man. The reactions and responses this elicits provide a great deal of laughs, much soul-searching from within, a large dose of jealousy from other women and at times, a degree of poignancy that bites deeply. For Isabel is in love; and her musings and her reflections, her attitudes and her actions – all these are forthwith coloured and, at times, controlled by this unexpected state of bliss.
Alexander McCall Smith, in my opinion, with the use of simple words and basic stories, offers an intimate, complex illustration of the possibilities of life which surrounds him everyday. With small anecdotes he delivers thought-provoking ideas, with the use of common examples he entertains complicated scenarios; and with gentle persuasion he allows intelligent, sympathetic, but perceptive, observations of humankind.
Did I mention utterly delightful? What about the twist at the end? That’s the only mystery in this book – where will he take Isabel with this? That I eagerly anticipate!
The Book Report: Isabel Dalhousie, moral philosopher and newly reawakened lust-pot, entertains her American cousin and her husband in this third installment of the Sunday Philosophy Club series of novels. Much happens, all of it spoilery, but one big thing occurs here: Isabel finally asks her younger musician friend and lust object, Jamie, to bed. He, unsurprisingly, says yes.
Isabel does this because almost everyone in her world spends the whole book saying, "So! Boinked Jamie yet? He's obviously hot for you, what'cha waitin' for?" or words to that effect. The Big Event At Last!
My Review: And what happens when love thwarted becomes love consummated? Remember Moonlighting? Before Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis Did The Deed, it was sparkling, witty, and fun; after, such a snooze it shoulda been available only by prescription.
Same ol' same ol' here. This book isn't *bad* but...there is something just too expected, or something just not suspenseful enough...it's just not fully engaging, like the first two are. But things will get better next time. I know they will.
They HAVE TO.
I have always enjoyed the Isabel Dalhousie's books and in my opinion The Right Attitude to Rain is a notch above the others. Even though Isabel was still analyzing family and friends, and coming to her own conclusions in the story was a departure from the other books. Isabel's niece, Cat, has a different personality or a different side, maybe that's what I'm trying to say. Oh well, no need to expound on the plot and other parts of the story because it would only spoil it for you.
In summary, Mr. Smith has created a super story in which you will definitely care for the characters.
But I'm still going to read the fourth book in the series when I get my hands on a copy.
What I really like about this series are Isabel’s philosophical musings, and this one is no exception. The central ethical dilemma seems to be when to keep one’s mouth shut vs when to tell all one knows. Is it interfering to let someone know what you’ve observed? Is it appropriate to voice one’s feelings for someone who is clearly attached to another?
I like the developing relationships in the series, which are slowly forming, as they do in real life, with occasional missteps, tiffs, and make-ups.
Hilary Neville does a fine job performing the audiobook. She has good pacing and I love the way she voices Isabel. However, I didn’t realize I had received an abridged audio until the second disc, and I then abandoned the audio to read the text.
1. May-Dec. relationships can work in the reverse of the usual way.
2. May-Dec. relationships of the standard variety can be troublesome.
3. The Scot's view of Americans is not always flattering.
4. Birth control is always a good idea.
I enjoy AMS's writing very much and this series is entertaining. I do find Isabel to be quite wordy at times and AMS never says in 5 words what 15 will say equally as well. Additionally, her constant apologizing gets on my nerves after awhile; someone in her 40's should be able to deal with a rude niece firmly instead of groveling around.
I do like this series very much and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, easy read without any tension or mystery.
Isabel’s cousin, Mimi arrives in Edinburgh from Dallas to visit and introduces her to her friend Tom Bruce. Tom’s young fiancé seems more interested in Isabel’s young friend Jamie than in Tom himself. Is it Tom’s money the only thing keeping her in the relationship? Isabel sets out to find out much to her friend Jamie’s advice--he thinks she should 'butt out’…..
The Right Attitude to Rain, the 3rd book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, is another quiet yet remarkable book. It is not a book of espionage or passionate romance but it does have some ‘philosophical issues’, a bit of sleuthing… and a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. And it takes place in Edinburgh—one of my favorite places!
This is more of the same, but with some very welcome changes in attitude, which I won't go into as I feel as though they would be too spoiler-ish. As usual, some mysterious-ish stuff is going on, but it isn't really the focus and isn't really "solved". This no longer worries me at all, as I enjoy the slow-paced wander through Edinburgh and philosophy.