The Forever Girl

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school.  She is six years old.  By the time she is 13 she realises she is truly in love with James but boarding school, university, gap year and time leave their paths crossing but not lying parallel for long.  It takes them twenty years to bring their love to fruition.  Aaah.  Sensitively written with lovely rounded characters, this is an absolute gem but his Botswana and Scotland Street series are better.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Forever Girl Synopsis

Clover has loved James for as long as she can remember, since before she knew what what love was. But fate seems determined to keep them apart. As children, Clover and James played beside a turquoise sea under cloudless skies, their Caribbean island home a place of pleasure and privilege, of lush lawns and tennis parties. In such a paradise nothing should obstruct the kind of happiness Clover dreams of, except that, as she discovers, true love is often harder than paradise allows for. And when Clover's mother falls out of love with her husband, a web of complications is woven that may take Clover a lifetime to unravel. If she ever can ...Tender and true, The Forever Girl traces love's unpredictable path to maturity with style, wit and feeling.

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The Good Book Guide Review

Love, whether requited or not, can shape a life. Clover has always known her own mind, and when she falls in love with her best friend James, it’s with as much certainty as when, at the age of four, she chose her own name. However, in the idyllic but claustrophobic expat society of Grand Cayman, adult concerns intrude, as Clover’s parents’ marriage founders, and her mother, Amanda, realises that James’ father is interested in her. James drifts away from Clover, as she follows him to university and across the world, hoping he will come to return her love. A lyrical, thoughtful, humorous story of love and heartbreak.

The Forever Girl Press Reviews

'His most surprising book yet ... Smith's writing has charm and wisdom, and Clover's quest for her beloved is gorgeously romantic' The Times

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ISBN: 9780349138718
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349138718
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...

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