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Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,643 Ratings  ·  511 Reviews

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.

This just in from Edinburgh: the complicated lives of the denizens of 44 Scotland Street are becoming no simp
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Anchor (first published 2006)
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Sep 15, 2008 Persephone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gentle offering from Edinburgh. And it's rather nice, what with death, disease, global warming, and possible financial disaster in the headlines, to escape into the more manageable problems of those living in and around 44 Scotland Street.

The last "44 Scotland Street novel" I read was The World According to Bertie, which takes place after this one, but it doesn't matter. The characters in these novels lead busy lives with plenty of time for reflection. Here's an example I particularly li
Ken Deshaies
Jul 14, 2013 Ken Deshaies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't help myself. I start one of Smith's novels thinking something like, "Well, this will just be more of the same." Forgetting, of course, how much I enjoyed the last one. Before you know it, I'm laughing out loud and find I have a hard time putting the book down to, say, sleep. His sense of humor is consistent, and Bertie continues to be an absolute kick. Bertie's adventures are both amazingly unbelievable and believable. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but for a kid who has an interest in readi ...more
Donna Radcliff
I'm going to hang this series up for now. To be honest, I don't care about most of the characters; not Pat and Matthew, or Big Lou, certainly not Antonia Collie, or Domenica and Angus (though the world seen through Clive's canine eyes was pretty good). It got to the point that I was just reading the chapters about Bertie. Those were great. However, I keep waiting for Bertie to dissociate and his evil side would exact a terrible revenge on his mother that includes much pain and blood. Even better ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Trelawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series, it makes me smile. The daily lives of a group of not so ordinary individuals may not seem like the stuff of great writing but in the hands of Alexander McCall Smith it truly is. I have come to love his characters and follow their exploits keenly and look forward to picking up with Angus, Bertie, Domenica et al in the near future.
Oct 13, 2008 Christia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 14, 2007 Zen Cho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfortreading
I find it difficult to understand why people dislike Alexander McCall Smith. I can kinda see them not getting the point (I can't get the point of Henry James, which is much more literarily embarrassing), but I'm not sure why you'd dislike him. I guess you might find him twee?

Anyway, I love his books. The Two and a Half Pillars of Wisdom is still my favourite, because it is the perfect example of the kind of gentle absurdity I think he is best at, and because I read it at a time when I badly nee
Feb 17, 2012 Gemma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I hate to say it, but this book bored me witless.
This is the first in the series I have read, and I picked it up from a hotel reception as there was nothing else.
The book does give a description of what happened in the last installment at the beginning, so felt that it would be fine to pick up half way through, and it was. The story was easy to follow, it was just very very boring.
I was expecting a soap opera type theme, but there was no scandal, no excitement with any of the characters, they
Feb 07, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexander McCall Smith is my go-to author when I need a comfort read, especially his 44 Scotland Street series. I wasn’t particularly in need of being comforted (but had recently read Dostoyevsky, which comes to the same thing), and once in a while I love dipping my toes into a cosy atmosphere of companionship and philosophical tittle tattle, which is exactly what this book offers.

It is the third installment of the series, and we follow the usual suspect in the Scottish capital through all the l
Jan 13, 2010 Yooperprof rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, britain
This is the third in a series of Edinburgh-based novels, and I think I've had about enough. I still enjoyed reading about the sufferings of poor Bertie, the victim of an overbearing and controlling mother. And Angus Lordie's dog Cyril has an interesting adventure that unfornately is cut short much too soon. But the "twee" factor seems to be greater in this book than in the others, as many of the characters revel in what appears to be the boring and bland provincialism of the Scottish capital. Mo ...more
I think I have learned enough about these characters in the first two books. Upon picking this book up I found myself bored with the characters. Pat is no longer living at 44 Scotland St and lost my interest when her immaturity began to show in the second book. Bruce, who I loved to be annoyed by is in London and Domenica is off chasing pirates. I am bored. The only one I wanted to see more about is little Bertie, but I just could not get myself to push through to see his parts. Maybe one day I ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned: Don't be fooled by having like an author's previous books that the next one will be good, too.

I picked this up at the library to have a small "purse" book to take along to a doctor appointment.

Yow! What a let down. This book isn't worth your time. He has a series of characters and rotates between them - you know that technique. But the end of the book I was skipping through all but one of the story lines, and I didn't care much about that one.

Read a better book! Or clean house.
Dec 09, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I keep reading this series because I'm not really that fond of it. Maybe I keep hoping that it's going to get better or I'll find the lives of the residents and friends of 44 Scotland Street suddenly interesting. When the previous book ended Bertie's father had finally stood up to his ridiculous and domineering wife and was letting Bertie have a little freedom. I think that's why I wanted to read this book, the third in the series. I was sure that now that Bertie's father was ta ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this was the 3rd book in the series, it happened to be the first for me.
Having just returned from Scotland, it was pure delight! Now I want to go back and read the 1st and 2nd books in the series as well as the next one.
The characters are well developed and interesting. I happened to 'read' this on my 'audible' books making it double the fun. The narrator's appropriate Scottish brogue' and voice modulations for the various characters, added to my understanding and over all enjoyment
Louise Culmer
I was very disappointed in this one. At the end of Espresso Tales, Bertie's wimpy father finally atarted standing up for Bertie,and I thought he was going to get liberated from his stupid mother, and be able to give up the silly pi k dungarees, doing yoga etc. But instead, it is as if the events of the last book never happened, and Bertie is as much trapped by his mother as before. And his father has dwindled into being practically non-existent.

There are somd funny bits, especially Domenica's ad
June Louise
"Matthew thought for a moment. Were there any funky people in Moray Place? He thought not. He was not at all sure if there were any funky people in Edinburgh at all. Some towns were distinctly funky - San Francisco was an example - but Edinburgh was not one of them, he thought."

This third volume in the Scotland Street series requires a literary passport as we follow our well-loved characters in their adventures in places as diverse as Edinburgh, Indonesia, Paris and a short trip to Glasgow. As w
Sep 11, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately I’ve had a few too many pieces of downbeat news, I needed some escapist fiction, and so it was time again for Alexander McCall Smith. Luckily he’s written a lot of books, and I have plenty more waiting for me.

This week’s merriment came from “Love Over Scotland.” Smith is not deep, but he is witty, and he has a huge capacity for droll characters and diverting episodes. Pat, supposedly bright and sensible, still has a weakness for handsome cads. Domenica pursues her anthropological studies
Apr 11, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this one. At the end of Espresso Tales, Bertie's wimpy father finally started standing up for Bertie, and I thought he was going to get liberated from his stupid mother, and be able to give up the silly pink dungarees, doing yoga and all the stupid stuff his mother wrapped him up in. etc. But instead, it is as if the events of the last book never happened, and Bertie is as much trapped by his mother as before. And his father has dwindled into being practically not arou ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an avid AMS fan, I have to say that I was a little disappointed with this book. I have loved all his novels I've read to date but for some reason this one just didn't get going for me. I love Edinburgh and so the location of the setting appealed to me, but I just didn't really warm to any of the characters (other than Bertie but I didn't think we saw enough of him). I found the Dominica storyline in the Malacca Straits a little far fetched. The reintroduction of Lard O'Connor could have been ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a number of other reviews, I think I have hit my limit with the Scotland Street series. Perhaps reading/listening to them back-to-back is not the best way to "consume" them.

I know that some were bothered by the lack of plot, but I read so much non-fiction that simple character studies and descriptions of slices of life suited me fine. Of course, I listened to the first three of this series while drive and at work, so the simplicity was not an issue for me.

As for the character studies, I am
Oct 19, 2011 Tiger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his third entry in the series, McCall Smith continues to enchant his readers with the lives of the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street.

My favourite is 6-year old Bertie whose constant battles with mother Irene and father Stuart come to a head when he goes to the police station confesses his parents' questionable business engagement with Lard O'Connor (think Tony Soprano with a Scottish accent). Bertie is charming and engaging, but so are the other characters.

Domenica actually goes out to see he
Another delightful volume of slice of life vignettes set in one of my favorite cities, and written by one of my favorite authors. It is a real treat to be able to escape into a book by Alexander McCall Smith. This time we find all the characters looking for love in their own way and finding out where it was all along. A smile always comes to my face when I am reading and involved in the lives of Pat, Mathew, Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, his dog Cyril, and of course Bertie.
Nathalie S
Feb 06, 2016 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexander McCall Smith is such a wonderful storyteller of the every day and not so every day. I like to revisit wee Bertie and wee "dug" Cyril and all the other characters who populate 44 Scotland Street.
Jul 10, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Scotland Street series by the well-known author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories. I am enjoying each book in the series more than the previous one as the characters grow on me. There's no real plot, just character studies of people who interact with each other and their particular stories and conflicts. I must admit that it's totally addicting. This book and it's predecessors are like a continuing soap opera in print, but MUCH more fun. The author's hum ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-novel
I begin with this entry in the series because it was the oldest work that the library had on its shelves. I put all of the earlier and later works on hold well before I finished this one. I can't decide whether McCall Smith is the new Jane Austen or the new Anthony Trollope. OK, maybe he isn't quite that good, but maybe he is. His characters are lovingly-drawn and fully-developed, with all the quirks and foibles of real people. He shifts among men, women, and children with ease. The setting, atm ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice, comforting, enjoyable read. Here's a quote that sums it up:

Says a writer of her characters: ". . . I want their vision of justice and good to prevail."

"And is that the only possible ending?" asked Angus.

"No," said Antonia. "Things can end badly, as they sometimes do in life. but if they do, then we know that something is wrong, just as we know it when a piece of music doesn't resolve itself properly at the end. We know that. We just do. And so we prefer harmony."

"And everybody lives happ
Monica Edinger
Have to admit I'm more mixed about this series as I read more. I really like parts of it, but not the way McCall Smith channels his own opinions, that of a person of a certain age, through his characters; he gets awfully cantankerous at times. And often it seems as if we are in an earlier era. Especially when it comes to the twenty-somethings: Matthew buys handkerchiefs, Pat never uses a cell phone, Bruce seems more like a cad from twenty years back than today, another young character talks abou ...more
Geetu Melwani
Jan 23, 2016 Geetu Melwani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it ... as with the earlier two in the series, I really didn't want the book to end. I was a little concerned about all the myriad locations & characters ... Domenica in the Malacca Straits, and a new character at 44 Scotland Street, I was worried that I'd be left unsatisfied with some thread or other ... not so.

As always, I come away from his novels with some insight into things he loves, which tweak my curiosity .. one clear example is the oft reference to W.H. Auden .. makes me want
Aug 02, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not his best work. But he wrote this series (44 Scotland Street) serialized. Because of that, although you don't get the finely crafted, gorgeously shaped plots as in the No.1 Ladies Detective series, what you do get is an informal spontaneous McCall Smith,and his quips and his attitudes are wonderful. I'm a huge fan of Alexander McCall Smith and there's no way I won't keep reading these. This one is good because he really gets a dig in at anthropologists and behind that I believe he's really ge ...more
Harvey Tordoff
Jun 22, 2014 Harvey Tordoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories but this was my first visit to 44 Scotland Street. It was a delightful visit, not so much because of the characters, most of whom are unexceptional, but because of McCall Smith's use of language. His turn of phrase highlights something about the character or situation that offers another layer of understanding, whether it be touching or ridiculous.

When Matthew buys new clothes, we are not told that his choice was rash or out of char
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wow! After reading all the other reviews, almost all 5 star for this book, I better tread lightly! I guess I better begin by stating that my family thoroughly enjoyed listening to No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series on tape and I was ready to love another McCall Smith read. That said, I found Love Over Scotland very easy reading, great for light, mindless, relaxing reading- and the chapters are really short making it possible to read a snatch here and there and come to a good stopping point ev ...more
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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Other Books in the Series

44 Scotland Street (10 books)
  • 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1)
  • Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street, #2)
  • The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street, #4)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street, #5)
  • The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street, #6)
  • Bertie Plays the Blues (44 Scotland Street, #7)
  • Sunshine on Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #8)
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers (44 Scotland Street, #9)
  • The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street, #10)

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