Haven’t you ever wanted to travel anywhere by train? This desire is what prompted me to pick up McCall Smith’s 2012 novel about 4 passengers who happen to share a compartment, and subsequently, their stories with each other. Each has had a different experience with love, and the author has an adept way of drawing you into their life.
It is an easy read, and contemplative, subtle, intelligent, and enchanting. Each passenger shares a unique story of love and you kind of feel like you’re on that London-Edinburgh train with them. I loved the perfect amount of closure McCall Smith provided, and the best part is the last line; where one of the passengers, Kay, states: “Loving others…is the good thing we do in our lives.” How true.
This wont’ be one of the best books I’ve read this year, but it was thoroughly good. Not more, not less.