Review: La's Orchestra Saves the World

While at the bookstore over the holiday's I saw this book just after paying for the stack of books I was buying.  I picked up a copy, got back in line and bought it. 

Type: Fiction, 294 pages, Hardcover

Synopsis: It is 1939. Lavender—La to her friends—decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit—and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever.

With his all-embracing empathy and his gentle sense of humor, Alexander McCall Smith makes of La's life—and love—a tale to enjoy and cherish.

Quick Take: Recommend - This is a sweet book, if you enjoyed reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society book you will love this book.  Alexander McCall Smith's writing transports the reader to another time and place. This book reminds us of the hardship endured during the war and shows us the determination people had to carry on with life.  A very good read.

While reading this book I kept thinking about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.  If you enjoyed that book, you will La's Orchestra Saves the World.

Source: Personal Copy