The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith

Life is full of little miracles: Rainbows after a good, long rain; kind words instead of animosity; friendship instead of loneliness. These are the kinds of miracles that Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni believe in. They would like to believe that their foster daughter will one day be able to get up out of her wheelchair and walk, and though it seems unlikely, he, especially, continue to hope. As Mma Ramotswe solves the mystery of who is sending her angry letters and helps a young woman find her true family, she and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni face their life together with the humor and insight that makes these books so wonderful. As they continue to open their hearts and share their lives, they find that, truly, miracles are all around us all.

I didn’t always cry when I read Alexander McCall Smith’s books, but they are so full of truth about people and hope for a better world that, these days, I cannot help it. The love that the characters show for one another rings so true to life that it touches my heart. This book was no exception, and it managed to portray some difficult scenes between Mma Ramotswe and her foster children without being trite, precocious, or cloying. I admire McCall Smith’s ability to fill his books with such heart without having it overwhelm the story or the humor. I cannot say enough about this series and how delightful it is. Always, always a pleasure.

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