"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
In this delightful series, the best books are filled with examples of love and kindness in which there is no self-seeking. Over time, the stories gradually drifted into lots of satire into the foolishness of those who chase after modern ways and material success. This book brings the series back to its roots as Mma Precious Ramotswe deals with love from many different angles: loving a neighbor, the love of men and women for one another, love between parents and children, the dangers of lusting after the opposite sex and beautiful things, and the joys of being contented with the simple things in life. As each aspect of the story unfolds, there's a heartwarming grace to the development that will leave you feeling a gentle kindness enveloping you.
Still, there are many humorous moments to bring a smile to your face and an occasional chuckle: Mma Makutsi trying to hide a foolish mistake, seeking to blunt Violet Sephotho's ambition from taking on a new dimension, "ghost" appearances of a white van, and Mma Ramotswe finding it difficult to sort out the truth in a situation where several people are lying.
I felt uplifted by and grateful for having the opportunity to read this gentle book.