La's Orchestra Saves the World

La's Orchestra Saves the World

eBook - 2008
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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. Settling in as small town, she organizes an amateur orchestra from the village and the local RAF base and falls in love with one of her prized recruits.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780307378668
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Sep 27, 2019

This is my first Alexander McCall Smith book. Written in a simple style, it is easy to read. La (short for Lavender) is a young woman at the on-set of World War II, she decides to enlist in the war effort by helping a farmer on his farm. She also starts an orchestra in the hopes of keeping things as normal as possible in an unsettling war. A very ordinary person, she does some great “small” things.

Aug 17, 2018

Again, the simplicity and beauty of AMS’s story telling belie the intelligence inherent in his narratives. What a writer!

Oct 23, 2012

Was a bit disappointed at the ending, but still pretty good.

May 09, 2012

A lovely gentle story. A good summer read.

mrsgail5756 Mar 20, 2012

good book B+ Read

jolynure Mar 19, 2012

Loved it! A gentle book about a very ordinary young lady who, through difficult times, becomes a very extraordinary person. Many little life lessons here for all of us - old and young alike. Simple messages like, never give up, small and simple things have big results, lives can be touched in so many ways, or that even in troubled times we can go forward and make a difference. McCall is gifted at letting a quiet story deliver many beautiful messages. It makes one want to try harder to be a little kinder, do a little more, touch a heart or two, and do the best possible wherever you are and in whatever life hands you. These subtle messages go way beyond the musical metaphors and the sweet story in La's Orchestra.

mtnigh Aug 13, 2011

lovely story, worth recommending

Dec 06, 2010

excellent book - very gentle

Aug 18, 2010

Easy to read and interesting story about how one woman copes with being alone during WWII living just outside of London England. Shows how we all have a part to play in this world.


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