Evil abides, now as in the past, in ways palpable and dangerous. And yet, the absence of death of named characters during the action of the story does not prevent McCall Smith from showing us the horrors faced during the last few years of the war--or even the years afterwards when Berlin was located in the Russian sector. Val and Ilse ride off into the Italian sunset at the end of the novel, but both only help the men they love. Val is working on a farm belonging to a kind man where she helps him plant and harvest the crops. The few minor characters who are in any way evil, English farmer Ted Butters who first owned and beat Peter Woodhouse and the German Oberfeldwebel who told Ubi to kill Peter Woodhouse for biting him, have very minor roles--they reveal evil exists but are not dwelt upon. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world.
Enjoyable and entertaining, as always. Synopsis From the beloved and best-selling author of the No. Under the surface his writing contains much compas 4. While it is written gently and sympathetically, the story itself — actually three separate stories crudely lashed together — is all a bit peremptory. All the characters are good, decent people German, British, American, whatever caught in a maddening nightmare.
When Val meets Mike, an American Air Force pilot stationed nearby, she realizes that the safest place for the little dog is alongside Mike at the base. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. It is characteristic McCall Smith that Mike and Woody encounter a good German corporal called Ubi who refuses to shoot the dog, and he takes them under his wing, quite literally. Mike and Val meet and fall in love. The story takes us to the Berlin airlift. One afternoon he arrives home with a badly beaten young sheepdog, Peter Woodhouse, so named for a delightful reason not revealed here so will require reading this charming wartime romance.
But then a disaster jeopardizes the future of them all, and Peter Woodhouse brings Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit, sparking a friendship that comes with great risk but carries with it the richest of rewards. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. When a sheepdog, curiously named Peter Woodhouse, is rescued from an abusive farmer, Val is determined to find him a safe home. She wonders if it will ever end. It is a sweet treat with absolutely no unpleasant surprises.
Times are very arduous as Hitler has invaded much of surrounding territory. I liked it but the book jumped around a lot and had some side stories that didn't really work for me. Ultimately it didn't completely touch the heart. He can write a delightful story on any subject. He writes about love and war, loss and hope, and unlikely friendships, tied together through a remarkable border collie named Peter Woodhouse.
McCall Smith is particularly skilled in developing his characters and the reader is drawn into what is essentially a story of love and friendships. There is also a theme of forgiveness. I was somewhat disappointed in the main character's choice of a second husband. It is a unique picture of the brave citizens of Britain endured the war. No deaths actually occur in the novel; they are either presented calmly after the fact Ubi receives notice of Mike's death long after the fact from a commanding officer who is answering Ubi's request for information about how to reach him or the reader realizes the death has happened Val and Ilse, who have been friends and pen pals since Ilse's visit to England when her husband was alive, years later tour Europe on a motorcycle together as two widows or Val tells her son Tommy that they used to have a dog named Peter Woodhouse by the lack of that person in the story.
But then a disaster jeopardizes the future of them all, and Peter Woodhouse brings Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit, sparking a friendship that comes with great risk but carries with it the richest of rewards. When I want a book with just a good story and a happy ending I look for the most recent book by Alexander McCall Smith. The complex plot veers back and forth between two couples: Val, an English girl, and her lover Mike, an American airman, who is stationed in England to pilot a reconnaissance plane to photograph areas for others to bomb, but who gets shot down in Holland anyway not knowing that Val is pregnant and obviously unmarried. . And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love. When the family rescues an abused dog from a nearby farm, their lives begin to change.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. When Val meets Mike, an American Air Force pilot stationed nearby, she realizes that the safest place for the little dog is alongside Mike at the base. She is learning to do farm work and making friends with the shy farmer she works for. Smith's books, but this one seems to have become confused as to its purpose. One day Willy rescues a dog named Peter Woodhouse who is the target of cruel beatings.
You restore my faith in humanity and reset my heart with every single book I read of yours. Val is assigned to deliver the eggs on a daily basis and it is where she meets a young American pilot named Mike. The creator of Mma Precious Ramotswe and chronicler of 44 Scotland St. We assume we will follow the dog's adventures and we do, including his becoming a mascot for an American air surveillance crew which crashes in Holland in 1945. I think part of the reason I liked it as well as I did was because the characters valued the same things I do. New York: Pantheon Books, 2018.
Pashtpaws Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review. Nineteen-year-old Val Eliot is a Land Girl, who lives with the village Postmistress, her Aunt Annie. Peter Woodhouse is the mascot and flies with the men on their missions. Val rides her bicycle each day to work for Archie, a kindly elderly farmer and my favourite. These novels are gentle probes into the mysteries of human nature. And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love. He works for a disagreeable farmer who mistreats his animals.