I thought the story that I liked most was Kay's- she spoke about her father who emigrated from Scotland to Australia after the Second War War and how he made a new life for himself and met his wife. I instantly identified with this story (being Australian) but I also understood some of how her father must have felt when he emigrated. I thought this would be my favourite story, however when I got to the end of the book and heard Hugh's story I was instantly intrigued. Hugh meets a woman on a train platform and asks her to dinner and a love affair begins, but there are some unanswered questions about his new lover that causes some trust issues in their relationship. I thought this story was very well written and had me totally engrossed.
If I had to choose a down side to the book I would say that in the beginning I got a little confused as to who everyone was, but this was soon rectified as the novel progressed. The stories read like short stories so it's a perfect read for a train journey or on holidays at the beach.
Title: Trains and Lovers
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 978 184697 2454