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From the Publisher"A metaphor for the transformative power of music.... crafted with the author's usual wit, wisdom and grace."
"A big story about love, death, identity and music."
—The Lincoln Journal Star
"McCall Smith's characters are well-drawn and alive. . . . A satisfying work by a writer . . . who charms many readers."
“Beautifully precise and psychologically acute.”
—The Independent, London
"Delightful . . . McCall Smith once again creates unforgettable characters and a story that will resonate with readers across generations . . . A fresh and unforgettable story about the power of human kindness. Highly recommended."
—Booklist (starred review)
"The evocation of war-torn England, with its palpable mood of defiance, determination and survival, is beautifully caught . . . An excellent recreation of a woman of her time."
"Unlike anything else in McCall Smith's work."
"Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love . . . The novel pays heed to our national yearning for a story to chew on."
—The Times (London)
"A gentle and uplifting read."
—The Daily Mail