Trains and Lovers

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Random House Incorporated, Jun 11, 2013 - Fiction - 239 pages
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The rocking motion of the train as it speeds along, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . There's something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation, which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers.

As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, the four travelers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a female coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Australian Outback. A middle-aged American patron of the arts sees two young men saying goodbye in a train station and recalls his own youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner—and into his life.

Here is Alexander McCall Smith at his most enchanting, exploring the nature of love—and trains—in a collection of romantic, intertwined stories.

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Review: Trains and Lovers

User Review  - Bobby Title - Goodreads

This is what I would call a lovely, lovely book. I only knew of the author by his lady detective series, which are such a delight, and his Isabel Dalhousie series, which I'm not crazy about. So I ... Read full review

Review: Trains and Lovers

User Review  - David - Goodreads

They say there is a first time for everything, and this is the first time I read a book by this author that did not delight me. I thought, Hey, I love trains, this should be right up my alley. But ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland.

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