The second installment to Alexander McCall Smith's series 44 Scotland Street, Espresso Tales, was so deliciously satisfying! Mr. McCall Smith says in the introduction that this installment ties up many of the loose ends left in the first book. First of all, narcissistic Bruce, after losing his job as a surveyor, decides to plunge into the wine trade without any prior knowledge and gets what he deserves. Our hopes of him finally seeing himself for what he really is may just become a possibility. Then easy-going and kindhearted Matthew who failed at every business endeavor his millionaire dad set up for him suddenly starts making a profit at his art gallery. When his father finds a new girlfriend Matthew thinks she's only after his money and the two have a heart to heart talk.
Then of course, our beloved Bertie, our favorite 6-year-old prodigy, finally gets a chance at playing in a rugby game for real but decides it's not for him. Desperately unhappy under his mother's iron grip, Bertie's father Stuart finally decides to intervene. Bertie now has a chance to enjoy his boyhood-with train rides, bowling games and all. But the highlight of it all was Pat...attending a shocking nudist party! I've never heard of this kind of party before and it was kind of eye-opening for me!
Delightfully charming, witty, and entertaining, 44 Scotland Street was a blast. I wonder what could be in store for us in the 3rd installment!