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Emily

At eighteen, Lady Emily Fitzgerald has seen her fair share of scandal. So when this Season's prime catch proposes to her on a wager, she makes a decision. Rather than face the whispers and stares of London society yet again, she picks up and departs for Scotland, full of romantic images evoked by poetry and her own imagination.

The Scot

Cousin to the laird, Jamie MacLaughlin is nonetheless a simple ...

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Overview

Emily

At eighteen, Lady Emily Fitzgerald has seen her fair share of scandal. So when this Season's prime catch proposes to her on a wager, she makes a decision. Rather than face the whispers and stares of London society yet again, she picks up and departs for Scotland, full of romantic images evoked by poetry and her own imagination.

The Scot

Cousin to the laird, Jamie MacLaughlin is nonetheless a simple man, content with the honest pursuit of living in the bonny wilds of the Scottish Highlands. A simple man he may be, but one with deep emotions and a quick temper. So when an impertinent English lass crosses his path, it's no surprise that the two engage in sparring matches with words as their weapons.

First there's a misunderstanding over an item of luggage. Then there's an indecent swimming incident, followed by a muddy pigsty mishap. But what finally threatens to undo them both is a sudden — and unexpectedly delicious — kiss.

Author Biography:

Kathryn Smith began writing at age eight. For the next nine years she continued in her attempts to entertain students and teachers alike with her stories. But not until she was in her mid-twenties did she gather up the courage to follow her dream. She sent one of her books to a publisher. Four months later she was offered a contract.

Kathryn, her husband, Steve, and their cat, Mufasa, now live in Ottawa, Ontario, where Kathryn spends her days in front of her computer making up characters and plots. She loves writing romance and happy endings, but she has a couple of ideas she'd like to pursue someday as well. One is for a gothic-horror series abouta vampire hunter.

Kathryn's adult titles include Elusive Passion, A Seductive Offer, and Scandalous Proposal.

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Editorial Reviews

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On one hand, this is a romance novel that starts out with the stereotypical plot device of hate at first sight. The reader instantly recognize this as powerful attraction and as expected, the relationship proceeds rather predictably through misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and eventually the realization of true love. On the other hand, incidents like helping build a pig pen and battling a fire that threatens to destroy the village are unexpected turns to a plot that does hold a reader's interest. This is the story of Lady Emily who runs away from her scandal-smudged world in London to the castle of her half-brother in Scotland. There she meets Jamie, his cousin (but not hers), and the sparks fly during a romance so chaste that it includes just three modest kisses. Lady Emily is an exceptionally intrepid heroine who would have done as well by the side of Indiana Jones or Crocodile Dundee as she does with the proud Scottish Highlander, Jamie MacLaughlin. The author generally does a good job of making her setting of the novel in 1819 feel believable with appropriate historical and literary references. Too bad she mars her writing by using occasional contemporary phrases and the word "snuck," that still is considered nonstandard by the "American Heritage Dictionary." The best compliment to this book is that my library has bought it and others in the "Avon True Romance for Teens" series. 2003, Avon True Romance/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Janet Crane Barley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060006198
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2002
  • Series: True Romance Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1ST AVON E
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 16 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.80 (d)

First Chapter

Chapter One

London, late July 1819

"No."

The word, though spoken softly, seemed to echo throughout the small parlor. Perched on die padded edge of a green brocade sofa, Emily Fitzgerald cringed as her own voice rang in her ears.

Alexander Cross, the Viscount Stanton, stared at her as if he hadn't expected to go through all the trouble of bringing flowers and kneeling on the beige, rose, and green Aubusson carpet only to have his proposal of marriage refused.

"No?" The surprise in his normally calm voice proved Emily right. He hadn't expected her to deny him.

Knotting her trembling fingers together in the rosy muslin of her skirts, Emily nodded. She hoped that she looked more composed than she felt, but it was oddly discomfiting to look such a handsome young man square in his dark brown eyes and tell him that she didn't want to be his wife -- especially when she couldn't come up with any good reason as to why she didn't want to marry him.

Oh, there was the fact that she didn't love him, but that was hardly a reason to refuse an offer of marriage as far as society was concerned. A girl with her scandalous family should be happy any gentleman would ask for her at all, let alone a viscount. And Alexander was as wealthy and charming as he was tall and handsome. Any young woman would be glad to have him.

Any young woman, that was, who wouldn't mind being bored silly for the rest of her life. It was cruel, but there it was. Alexander was a good man, but Emily felt nothing but friendship toward him.

Straightening her spine, Emily met Alexander's bewildered gaze with a steady one of her own. "I'mflattered by your offer, Lord Stanton, but my answer must be no."

"Must it?" The young viscount made no attempt to hide his disappointment, or his anger, as he rose to his feet. At six and twenty, Alexander was this season's prime catch. He could have any young woman he wanted.

Well, almost any. Emily had no idea what had ever enticed him to ask for her.

"Yes," she replied, also rising. She was tired of this stiff politeness, this tiresome propriety. Even angry he played the gentleman, for that was what was expected of him, especially since Emily's maid sat playing chaperone in the far corner of the room. Pamela could not hear their conversation, but she would make certain the viscount's behavior remained proper. A young woman's virtue must be protected at all times. A young woman must never be in the company of a young gentleman alone. A young woman didn't have enough sense not to fall prey to a young man's lechery.

Sometimes, Emily wished she could ignore all of society's rules and regulations. She was tired of always watching everything she said and did. Not that it was a struggle; indeed, it was so much a part of her that she did it automatically.

Alexander said nothing. He just stared at her as though she was some oddity on display in a museum. Emily returned his gaze until she grew tired of the contest. Then she looked away.

And, she thought somewhat wryly as she toed the cabbage roses in the carpet with her slipper, she was tired of dressing to look like a flower, like a delicate blossom. Her gown and shoes were the same rosy color as the blooms in the carpet. As an unmarried woman, she was expected to wear childlike, pale colors.

Lady Emily," he said, his voice low and cajoling once again, "Think about what you are saying."

Her back as stiff as the Prince Regent's corset, Emily smiled coolly. The only thing worse than having to dress like a child was being treated like one.

"I know exactly what I am saying, Lord Stanton. I am saying no. 'Tis you who seems to lack understanding."

He looked genuinely surprised at that remark. How could he not be? As a handsome young peer of the realm, he was used to getting what he wanted. Alexander was also one of the kindest men of her acquaintance. The idea that he was proposing out of some sense of chivalry had not escaped Emily.

"Who else will marry you?" he blurted out, his face turning the same pale pink as her gown.

"I think perhaps you should go now, Lord Stanton." How cool she sounded, how calm! But she knew her own face was even redder than the viscount's. Who else indeed?

But he wasn't ready to give up just yet. "I am sorry, Lady Emily. I did not mean to be so unfeeling, but surely you see the truth in my words? The unfortunate events surrounding your brother's departure from England have seriously hampered your chances of making a good marriage."

Emily's jaw was tight. "And yet here you are, offering me just such an arrangement." If her father were alive, he would handle this awkward situation. But her Papa was gone and nothing could bring him back.

The viscount glanced down at his polished boots. "I do not hold you responsible for your brother's actions." He looked up, his gaze so warm it filled Emily with alarm.

"No one who knows you could ever blame you for what happened."

But they did. Oh, maybe society didn't blame her per se, but she suffered the ramifications of her brother Richard's madness just as surely as if it had been her own. It was just one of the many flaws of the aristocratic world -- in Emily's opinion -- that one's actions often reflected upon one's family as well. Her brother Richard had tried to kill their half brother, Ewan, after discovering that Ewan would inherit their father's title ...

An Avon True Romance: Emily and the Scot. Copyright © by Kathryn Smith. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK

    This book was so great that i read with'in one day that i got it. So far i've had to reread so many times that i can't remember. it was a great story about how Emily and Jamie fell in love and how they both would not accept that they loved each other for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    GREAT, GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED this book i bought it a couple of years ago and I've read it numerous times since then. It's by far my favorite in the Avon True Romance series, I just can't get enough of it!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Emily and the Scot

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! This was such a lovely story. I couldn't put it down (a little piece of advice: don't read it during your breaks at school... because you will keep reading it during class). I love how unconventional Jamie is. It annoys the living daylights out of Emily, but despite this she finds herself attracted to Jamie. She is so scandalized when she sees him without a shirt! That is probably one of the best parts in the whole book. Jamie is everyhting that Emily is not accustomed to... and this draws her to him. The minor character of Angharad is a nice touch as well... it spices things up because of the jealousy Emily feels toward her. READ THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    Incredible

    I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I think the best aspect of it was that the book really shows how complicated love is. Jamie and Emily are the perfect couple once they realize how wonderful their relationship could be. I would definetly recommend this book to any romance lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i really love this book (but read anna and the duke first) its so sweet and i love the whole fighting one minute and in love the next!! i've reread this book so many times i have it almost mezmorized but its good everytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jamie is like the dream guy cause he is brave, kind, and he stands up for Emily!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    BEST BOOK

    Sighs* I tought that Anna and the Duke was good being it was my first romance ever. Once I found out there was Emily and the Scot just had to read it. I fell in love with the book. Their teasing each other was rather funnie I loved every part of it. The way Emily treats him most of the time it was so funnie yet so enjoyable. A book that is hard to let go of. Once I find time again I'll be reading it over and over. Many parts you can tell that they were in love and wanted them to admit it. It was really wonderful, the way they got into each others skin mostly Emily doing that to Jamie. Then Jamie would find ways of teasing her. It is a great book. But I'd recommed Anna and the Duke first being Emily and the Scot is a sequel to Anna and the Duke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    GREAT book!!!!!

    This book was really good!! It was really interesting to hear them not get along all the time, but yet you knew that they liked each other by little signs. I couldn't stop reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    Whoa

    This book is so amazing! I loved every word of each page. Emily is tired of being ashamed of her family. So she decides to fled Scotland, where her beloved half brother and his wife, her friend now live. The moment she steps out of the carriage, trouble with Jaimie, her brother's cousin (who she has no relation to, thank God!) starts. I enjoyed readin them arguing, and finally find out that they are in love. I feel like I'm actually the characters, understand their feelings, even though u know whats going on. I hope theres a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Wow

    Whoa, this book was awesome. Even though I've only read four Avon True Romance books, this is one of my favorites. Okay, I'll tell you what the book is about, sort of. Emily Fitzgerald had enough scandal for the rest of her life, so she flees to Scotland where her beloved half-brother and sister-in-law are happily living. When they arrive, Emily gets to a bad start with her brother's cousin (from his mom's side, so there's no relation), Jaimie. After mistaken events and conversations about their class in life, they find out that they really love each other, but with other events going on with their lives, can they stay together?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Opposites attract

    The theme of this book is opposites attract. A big countryman and a small lady who has been brought up in high society fall in love. The two come from totally different backrounds and just different ways of life yet in some strange way find likes in each other and then love. I thought this book was great it was a real page turner. The author was always leaving you anticipating the next chapter. I really liked that the story had very strong characters you could relate to them in a lot of ways. Although the book was set in the 1800¿s it still had a lot of issues that we still use today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    One of the best books I've ever read!!!

    The book had everything, two people who couldn't stand each other and then fell in love, it was a beautiful story and I'd recomend it to anyone who wants to read a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    Wonderful

    I love this book!! I read it in one day and I wish I hadn't. I'm gonna read it again and again! But read Anna and the Duke first, it'll make more sense. I loved it! You must read it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2003

    I made a bad mistake!

    I loved this book! But I read it before I read Anna and the Duke! I am so mad at myself. But I loved Emmily and the Scot, it was so romantic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Emily and the Scot

    After the scandal involving Emily's brothers, Emily starts to find living in England a little tiring. It seems that everywhere she goes the scandal follows her- and it might just even ruin her chances of finding a suitable husband. So Emily decides that what she needs is a bit of a break in beautiful, Scotland, the land where her brother, Ewan, and his wife, Anna live. Once there, Emily falls in love with the scenery...and slowly (and reluctantly) finds herself falling in love with the handsome, stubborn Jamie, Ewan's cousin. This book was really fun to read, and it was the first Avon True Romance that I enjoyed. I really like Emily, and I like how her character slowly changes to the better as the book progresses. Jamie sounded pretty hot (muhaha), and Kathryn Smith did a great job of making his wild spirit known. I would definitely say you have to get this book first if you want to collect the books in this series. All of the Avon True Romances are sweet love stories and in good taste. The heroines are mainly worthy of admiration, and you feel like you relate to them or even know them! Basically, this was a great book and if you want to read a good teen romance, buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Scotts are cool

    I have always liked the whole 'the guy tames the wild girl' scenario.As in my title I love Scotts as characters so this is definetly my kind of book.Anyone who likes a bit of fluff romance would like this but you should read Anna and the Duke first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    PERFECT BOOK!!!!!!

    I love this book, I thought a few parts were funny. I expecally love it cause its the sequel to Emily and the Duke(GREAT BOOK). This book was writen perfect! I segest to read the whole seires, some of the best books I've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    a sequal of the best!!!

    I really liked anna and the Duke, and Emily anf the scot is the best sequal possible! i have read every single one!! I hope Katherine Smith writes another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Emily and the Scot

    This book was very interesting, and it had a twisted plot. I would defintley reccomend it to a friend, as well as the original book, Anna and the Duke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    A wonderful new Avon True Romance.

    When Emily Fitzgerald's older brother Richard went mad with the desire to inherit his father's title and attempted to murder their half-brother Ewan MacLaughlin, the scandal tainted the entire family. Now Ewan and his new wife, Anna, are living happily ever after in Scotland, Richard has been sent out of the country for treatment, and Emily and her mother are left behind, forced to deal on their own with the contempt of Regency London society. After Alexander Cross, the Viscount Stanton, proposes to Emily on a bet, she just can't take it anymore. She packs her bags and heads for Scotland to visit her Ewan and get away from the stares of society. But from the second she arrives at MacLaughlin Castle, Emily gets off to a terrible start with Ewan's cousin, Jamie. She mistakes him for a servant, and angry at Emily's treatment of him. Jamie deliberately embarrasses her. But could something deeper be hidden behind their heated exchanges of insults, maybe even love? I loved Kathryn Smith's first book for the Avon True Romance series, Anna and the Duke, and this one was just as good. I highly recommend this book to fans of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    AWESOME

    IT was soooo good kinda hard to get into in the first chapter but once you start the second you're hooked!!!!

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