Tuesday 16 June 2020

Love over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith

Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street, #3)Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 3 days

Pages - 355

Publisher - Abacus

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

'Love Over Scotland' revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No 44 Scotland Street. It features the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and the Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie.

My Review

If you haven't read the previous books you could start here but best to go back and get to know the characters and what has transpired before this. We find some of our characters pretty much where we left off. Poor Bertie is still terrorised by his bossy mother, now pregnant but still focused on all of the best for Bertie. This time getting him into trials for music with teenagers and bringing yet more embarrassment yet maybe a wee bit of freedom neither of them seen coming.

Domenica is on her travels and fully reliant on her guide to get the information from the small community and life of the pirates for her writing. However the question of what happened to the last anthropologist before her pops up and is Domenica safe? Will she ever get back to Scotland street and does she even want to?

We catch up with Angus and Clive, Big Lou and the love of her life, Matthew still has his feeling for Pat, Pat is moving onto her next phase in life and meeting trouble along the way. And we are introduced to Antonia, a new character taking over Domenica's place whilst she is away, yet another character who is a bit of a belter.

Bertie was probably my fave throughout this one, I do like to know what is going on with the others but I found Bertie's troubles and unintentional bringing about trouble. Plus this time we see a wee but more character from his dad and less of his psychotherapist. I do enjoy the series and seeing what is in store next for the characters. There was an uncomfortable scene with the dog but thankfully it was a very small part but I didn't see the need for it, maybe it will come up again or be revealed in further books? Or maybe I just missed the point, 3/5 for me this time.

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