Suffering the Scot

scotYEA! Nichole Van has a new book out–Suffering the Scot--and it was gold…like all her others. Don’t you love the cover? Leave a comment below for a chance to win an ebook of this delicious story! It’s soooo good! I want everyone to have the chance to read it.


Lady Jane Everard cannot abide the new Earl of Hadley. The unmannered Scot is a menace to genteel ladies everywhere, what with his booming laugh and swishing kilt and endless supply of ‘ochs’ and ‘ayes.’ Jane wishes Lord Hadley would behave as an earl should and adhere to English rules of polite conduct.

Andrew Langston, the new Earl of Hadley, knows that the English aristocracy think poorly of his lowly Scottish upbringing. This is hardly new. History is littered with the English assuming the worst about Scotland. By living up to their lowest expectations, he is simply fulfilling his civic duty as a Scotsman.

Jane sees Andrew as an unmannered eejit. Andrew considers Jane to be a haughty English lady. But, as the saying goes, . . . opposites attract.

And what if beneath his boisterous behavior and her chilly reserve, Andrew and Jane are not nearly as different as they suppose? Can Scotland and England reach a harmonious union at last?

My Review

Literary FeastI always love me a Nichole Van romance. Her words just clutch my heart, say hello, and don’t let go. Her stories stick with me long after I’m done, and I have found myself going back to them like an old friend when I need a pick-me-up or new hope that good writing hasn’t died. This latest one was super awesome. Although it’s about an insufferably charming Scot named Andrew Hadley, it isn’t set in Scotland. It’s set in Sussex, England. The earl of Hadley has died and Andrew is the sole heir of Hadley estate. As old Lady Hadley and young Lady Jane Hadley and her younger brother, Peter, await the new Lord Hadley’s arrival from Scotland, they prepare to hate his mortal guts. No Scot is a good Scot, in their opinion. And they are highly bred, so all that matters is their opinion.

When Lady Jane falls into a creek and swears and throws a fit when her pony tries to run away from her with her cart, the new Lord Hadley arrives. And he likes that spirited, red-headed woman who is soaking wet, swearing like a sailor. Neither knows who the other is, and when they finally discover the truth. Ah, heck! No way will I ruin a perfectly good story for you. Let me just write (for a reminder to myself in the future), that this is pretty much a perfect book. The characters called to me (don’t ask me what they called me, but it was nice!). The plot surprised me; I love when that happens. The setting, the writing style, the voice, tone, theme—literally everything!—was done to perfection. Nichole Van books make me a better person after reading them.

Favorite Quotes

That had always been his mother’s motto: Never allow others to choose how you feel, particularly, if someone wished you to feel ashamed.”

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It is easier tae meet someone’s low expectations than tae change their prejudiced assumptions.” – Andrew

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An individual is a mess of contradictions that requires subtlety and observation to understand,” she nearly whispered. “A caricature is easier to mentally assimilate.” – Jane

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Leave a comment (and your email would be nice. Sometimes I can’t find commenters to award them their prize). I’ll pick one lucky commenter to receive an ebook of this awesome story May 22nd! ***(Winner has been chosen – congrats JFSyers!!!)

Have an awesome week. Enjoy life to the fullest wherever you are. Happy reading.


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