The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (Book Review)

If you are looking for a wholesome, humorous, heart warming series, the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is definitely it.  I am so glad I stumbled across a recommendation for this series in a Facebook reading group a few months ago.  I binged watched the HBO television series some years back and absolutely adored Mma Ramotswe‘s character played by singer/songwriter Jill Scott.  I even went out and bought some rooibos tea at the time because I just HAD to know what was so appealing about that red bush tea!  It almost made me give up coffee…almost!  Even before I get to the meat of the review, please give yourself a wonderful gift and go check out this series.  I HIGHLY recommend!  Also, please know that you will need to have your journal handy as you read these books – there are so many valuable nuggets of wisdom to write down which are so simple, yet fundamentally true.

These next two blog posts will be about the first two books that I have read in this series.  I am borrowing these on loan from the library, so I am not reading them in order. With library holds, you get what is currently available.  However, each book seamlessly re-introduces the characters and their signature traits (Mma Ramotswe and her red bush tea and dilapidated white van, Mma Makutsi and her 97th percentile score at the Botswana Secretarial College, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and his automotive shop).  If you jump into any book of the series, you will come to know each individual like family.  It is not necessary to read the series in order.

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine follows Mma Ramotswe attempting to take a much needed vacation from her business the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.  Of course, this endeavor comes with many complications, and there is definitely a mystery that needs to be solved.  Themes of friendship, communication and trust are explored.  Yet, this book is hilarious at times.  Mma Ramotswe found that often she can solve conflicts by simply sitting, yes SITTING, on someone.  You see, she is a woman of “traditional build”, and once she has literally sat down on someone for a spell (and they can’t breathe), the problem is usually solved.  I love this way of describing a woman’s figure, by the way.  This novel provides a pleasant escape to a small, tight knit community with intriguing bits of culture interspersed throughout.

Note: This book was a library loan. I received no compensation for this review, and there are no affiliate links. This is my honest review and all opinions are my own.

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