The Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley **Book Review**

The Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley **Book Review**

Happy Wednesday evening friends!

Hope you had an awesome day! So excited that it is now officially Christmas reading season! Loved the charm and the whimsy in this lovely festive story!🎄


A Christmas Caroline

A modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol…


Caroline is a cynic career woman living the high life in Manhattan where love and relationships are but a distant memory of the past.

But after a freak accident on Christmas Eve, Caroline receives a visit from a cheeky spirit of Christmas Past, Present, Yet to Come, and—most importantly—Christmas That Could Have Been. When she wakes up on Christmas Day suddenly married with three kids and living two doors down from her parents in New Jersey, Caroline has a chance to experience the life she would’ve had if she’d made a different choice.

Will small-town life as a mother and a wife make her rediscover what’s really important in life?

My Thoughts

A fun festive modern retelling of A Christmas Carol. Caroline is a workaholic more focused on finances then festivities. After a spill on the ice while dipping early from her families Christmas Eve. Caroline finds herself not only facing Christmas past, present, and future, but also Christmases that could have been. Caroline now finds herself married to the one that got away, living in suburbia and the mother of three. So much fun! Loved watching Caroline navigate motherhood. I can’t even imagine waking up and finding yourself with three kids one of them being an infant. I thought this was such a fabulous twist on a classic. I loved watching Caroline grow throughout the book. We all have those choices in our lives that we wonder about. How would things have gone had I made a different choice? Another festive fantastic story from Camilla Isley.

*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Links 

https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-christmas-caroline/id1561960388

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Caroline-Amnesia-Holiday-Romantic-ebook/dp/B09CG9G1F3 

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Caroline-Amnesia-Holiday-Romantic-ebook/dp/B09CG9G1F3


Author Bio – 

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading–duh!–cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies–popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Fool Me Twice At Christmas by Camilla Isley **Book Review**

Fool Me Twice At Christmas by Camilla Isley **Book Review**

Happy Sunday all!

I am so excited it is the beginning of holiday reading season! 84 days until Christmas have you done any shopping yet? I haven’t even thought about it, but yikes that’s close!✨

Fool Me Twice at Christmas 🎄

Fool Me Twice at Christmas

There are two types of relationships: fake and real.

Chuck and Kate’s used to be real, oh-so-real. But after she broke his heart four months ago, leaving him, it became all just pretense for the sake of their entwined families.

With parents who are best friends and business partners, it’s not easy for Chuck and Kate to announce they’ve split up. But with the holidays looming over them, they can no longer keep pretending.

They head home for Christmas, determined to tell the truth—and end up accidentally engaged instead. The more they try to pull apart, the more the Universe seems to push them back together, shortening the road to the altar. And when just-for-show kisses stir up forgotten feelings, things get even more complicated.

Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Chuck and Kate’s relationship turn out to be fake or real?

My Thoughts

This was the perfect book to kick off my Christmas reading season with! A combo of two of my favorite tropes the fake relationship and a second chance romance. Kate and Chuck broke up four months ago but they have decided not to share this with their family until Christmas. However when they are spending Christmas with their families it never seems to be the right time and then it gets even messier. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of both Chuck and Kate and I thought this was perfect I loved getting into the head of both of these characters and knowing where they were coming from. Both of their parents were a bit overly invested in their relationship and very pushy. I could understand why Kate and Chuck were hesitant to share the news with their parents that the relationship was over. I consider this book Christmas light. The Christmas vibe is in the background but it is not a huge part of the story the main focus is on the relationship between Kate and Chuck. A super sweet romcom that put a huge smile on my face and put me in a festive mood!

*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***


Purchase Links

Apple Books https://books.apple.com/us/book/fool-me-twice-at-christmas/id1550430536

B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-christmas-date-camilla-isley/1129274291?ean=2940155770961

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Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Camilla_Isley_Fool_Me_Twice_at_Christmas?id=pLsWEAAAQBAJ

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fool-Me-Twice-Christmas-Engagement-ebook/dp/B09C6CQJ64 

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Fool-Me-Twice-Christmas-Engagement-ebook/dp/B09C6CQJ64 

Author Bio – 

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading–duh!–cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies–popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Will They Won’t They by Portia MacIntosh **Book Review**

Will They Won’t They by Portia MacIntosh **Book Review**

Hello Book Friends!

Excited to share with you today another fabulous book from Portia MacIntosh! She is a definite auto read author for me!


Will They, Won’t They?

When life goes off track sometimes the only thing you can do is go back to where it all began…

Emmy Palmer is the star of Bragadon Forest, the biggest fantasy series on TV; adored by the public, living the life of glamour and luxury in London.

But when scandal strikes, Emmy must escape the city and return to her seaside hometown to lie low and wait for the storm to pass.

Emmy’s agent decides it would be a good look to star in the community Christmas pantomime, but who else could be playing her leading man but her ex-boyfriend who she may or may not have ditched to move to London a decade ago…

As the show approaches, love and friendships blossom and the real question is – Will they? Won’t they?

My Thoughts

Another fun romcom from Portia MacIntosh! Emmy has been killed off the popular fantasy show she was a lead on and now she has got herself caught up in a scandal. Needing to flee London and stat Emmy returns home to her small town. When she returns home she finds out her beloved grandfather has passed away and decides she’s going to purchase and renovate his home. This was just a fun uplifting story filled with so much fun banter and countless crazy antics. Emmy definitely has a complicated and colorful family! I also loved her friends and of course the Christmas production. The Romance was a definite “will they wont they“. Another fabulous book from one of my favorite authors!

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***


Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3x2wjCR


Author Bio –  Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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From Ireland With Love by Liz Hurley **Book Review**

From Ireland With Love by Liz Hurley **Book Review**

Happy Sunday friends!

Excited to share with you today my review for this fabulous book! I have enjoyed each and every book in the series and this one was no exception!💚


From Ireland With Love

Nick Byrne knows she’s the sensible one of the five Hiverton sisters. Independent, motivated, and successfully running her own business – she has never settled for anything less. And certainly, never used her family estate to give her a leg up.

But as an investigation is launched into her trading company, Nick’s world begins to crumble. Suddenly out of work, her mind wanders to her father – what would he do? She hardly knows anything of her orphaned parent and longs to find answers – some which will hopefully guide her.

With her newly gifted dog for company, Nick sets off to Ireland to retrace her family history. However, the high-flying city girl soon learns that every adventure comes with a few surprises – even in the shape of a romance.

Will Nick discover more about her father’s hidden past – or will she take home more than she bargained for?…

Be inspired by this feel good romcom, for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley.My Thoughts

Another fun read in this delightful series! Five sisters utterly devoted to one another and yet each so unique. It has been so fun watching these sisters grow up while navigating their newfound wealth. This book is about Nick The clever sensible sister. In a prior book Nick found out that there were shenanigans going on at her company and this has led her to reassess things in life. In this book Nick decides to head to Ireland to discover her fathers Irish roots. Nick not only discovers some family history but she also finds herself entangled in a romance. Loved this book! It was nice seeing Nick let loose a little bit and how could she not with such a great guy like Gabe around? Also appreciated the tidbits we got of the other sisters throughout the story. This is just a fun feel-good series that makes you wish you had four sisters of your very own!💚


Purchase Link – books2read.com/from-ireland


Author Bio – Finalist for the 2021 Romantic Novelists Association Debut Romantic Novel Award for A New Life for Ariana Byrne

Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart-warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh. Her heroines are overflowing with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!

Author of
Dear Diary, a prequel to the Hiverton Sister series.
A New Life for Ariana Byrne. Book 1 / Hiverton Sister series
High Heels in the Highlands. Book 2 / Hiverton Sisters series
Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage. Book 3 / Hiverton Sisters series.

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Welcome To Fairy Lane Market by Nicola May **Book Review**

Welcome To Fairy Lane Market by Nicola May **Book Review**

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! This was such a fabulous feel-good story! A great start to a new series!🧚🏻‍♀️


Welcome to Ferry Lane Market

‘Delightful and witty with a heroine you’ll be rooting for . . . joyful escapism’ Milly Johnson

‘Spirited, adventurous and full of heart!’ Heidi Swain

Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn’t bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market’s flower stall ever since leaving school.

When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.

Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it – and perhaps find love along the way.

More praise for Nicola May!

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ – Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine
‘One of those books that I can’t stop thinking about way after I’ve read it! – Kim The Bookworm
‘This book is so addictive that you will literally lose 3 hours of your life, and you won’t care!’ – Cara’s Book Boudoir

Readers love Nicola May, too!

‘A FABULOUS must-read’ – 5 STARS
‘An excellent book of friendship – with a little wickedness!’ – 5 STARS
‘Good for the soul’ – 5 STARS
‘I loved it and devoured it in a matter of days’ – 5 STARS
‘A wonderful, feel-good novel with some grit thrown in’ – 5 STARS
‘Marvellous, beautiful and heart-warming’ – 5 STARS
‘Sea, sand and sex – a soppy delight’ – 5 STARS
‘A truly lovely book’ – 5 STARS
‘Fun and whimsy, plus a dog!’ – 5 STARS
‘Nicola May is a brilliant, relevant writer for today, exposing today’s issues with tenderness, and always demonstrating a warm, human, heartfelt response’ – 5 STARS

My Thoughts

The perfect start to another delightful series from Nicola May! Kara is a florist who has returned home to her small town after university. After she’s been done dirty by her partner she resorts to renting out a room in her apartment as an Airbnb. This seems to create a stir in this small town. Kara is at the end of her rope until she receives a mysterious letter that ultimately sends her on a dream trip around the world. Kara was a sympathetic and likable character who I loved getting to know throughout this book. I really loved the small-town vibe of Fairy Lane, not going to lie I was a little sad at first when Kara started on her travels. However I soon got caught up in the fun and mystery of the trip. The thought and planning that went into this trip was pretty amazing. I also thought it was extremely brave of Kara to embark on this trip not having any idea where she was going, where she was staying, what she was doing. I am not certain I would be as trusting as she was? There was so much packed in this lovely gem of a book that made me want to pack my bags and take a trip around the globe. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

This book in emojis 💐 ✈ ️🗽 🦘 ✉️

*** Big thank you to Hodder for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***


Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Ferry-Lane-Market-bestselling/dp/1529346444/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Ferry-Lane-Market-bestselling-ebook/dp/B08MVWWN4J/

Author Bio – Nicola May writes ‘chick lit with a kick’ and is the internationally bestselling author of eleven romantic comedies. All have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK across all genres in January 2019 and March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola’s books have also been sold in many languages.

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Have A lovely day! XOXO Berit🌻

The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman **Book Review**

The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman **Book Review**

Happy Weekend!

Hope life is treating you well!this book is really the ultimate Beach Red for booklovers❣️❣️❣️


The Beach Reads Book Club

Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

My Thoughts

Loved this fun feel good Beach read! I always love books about bookstores, book clubs, and books in general. But usually they highlight books I have never read… you know the classics. This book was a bit of a love letter to the romcom, those lighthearted stories that make you swoon and put a big smile on your face. Lottie decides after getting kicked out of her highbrow book club to start a book club of her own. She thinks the local book shop would be the perfect location for her club to meet, but is hesitant to approach the uptight owner, Mathew. Lottie and Matt are complete opposites, but there is a definite attraction between the two. *swoon* I really loved both of these characters and enjoyed reading about their slow burn romance. The book club members were all fantastic and a special shout out goes to Audrey she was a hoot. This was definitely a book club I would love to join! A sweet romance… the ultimate Beach Red for the booklover!

This book in emojis 📚 🏖 🐶 🍸 🍰

*** Big thank you to One More Chapter for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***


Purchase Links 

UK AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0931Y5W12

US AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0931Y5W12

Author Bio – A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost **Book Review**

Hello book people!

It is summertime! So Time to break out the Beach Reads!🏖


The Love Island Bookshop

A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears?

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life.

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again?

My Thoughts

Sun. Sand. Book in hand. This book was truly the perfect escape! What more could a book loving, beach loving girl want then a barefoot book shop in the middle of a tropical paradise? I am seriously ready to pack my bags and head to the Maldives! Freya is in need of a change of scenery after going through some dark moments in her life. When she sees an ad for the opportunity to run a barefoot book shop in paradise she is excited, but a little apprehensive. Her energetic personality and experience as an editor makes her the perfect candidate and she is selected from over 20,000 other applicants for the job. When she gets to the Maldives she is instantly in love with the Islands beauty, and charmed buy a couple gorgeous men. When reading the blurb to this book I was hesitant because I’m not always a huge fan of a love triangle. However, this was a love triangle done well. Freya was a very likable sympathetic character. I completely related to her love for Books and this gorgeous setting. I also felt for her and what she’s been through. I was very happy with the direction the book took and pleased with her choice for love. This is the perfect summer read, a little vacay in a book.

This book in emojis: 📚 🌴 👙 🤿 🏝 🍸


Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/theloveislandbookshop

Author Bio – 

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. 

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Things AreLooking Up by Maxine Morey **Book Review**

Happy almost long weekend!

Excited to share with you today my review of this super fun book! 🚍


Things Are Looking Up

What if what you really need is right there in front of you, if you just take a moment to look up?

Milly has been waiting for this moment forever and finally it’s just an hour away – an interview with Vogue magazine and the opportunity to get her Louboutin-clad foot in the door.  There’s just one problem – totally engrossed in her mobile phone, Milly doesn’t see the bus that is fast approaching – until it’s too late…

When Milly next opens her eyes, the consequences of her accident become clear. Everything she has worked for and dreamed of suddenly feels out of reach. But there is one bright spot on her horizon – the reappearance of her ex Jed, in all of his six-foot-four, broad-shouldered glory, with the most piercing ice blue eyes Milly ever saw.

Once used to working in a whirlwind, Milly now has the chance to reconsider how to live. Will she rush back to the treadmill, get her head down and back to business, or is there a whole other life waiting for her, if she’ll just look up to see it? 

‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest uplifting, page-turning, heart-warming romance, guaranteed to brighten up your day.

My Thoughts

This book was SO FUN! Sometimes it takes getting hit by a bus to make you take a minute to look up and appreciate things around you. In the case of this book it was a literal bus that Milly got hit by that landed her in the hospital in a coma with multiple injuries. Lucky for Milly and us she made a full recovery. She also came to realize that she had been so consumed with her career that she had pushed everything else out of her life. Her family, her friends, the love of her life. Fortunately Millies unfortunate encounter with a bus let her to start looking up from her phone and making some real connections. Milly was a great likable character who just seem to have been caught up in the rat race of a competitive fashion business. Her brother Harry and sister-in-law Ava were a great support system and I loved how there for Milly they were. And then there’s Jed, Milly‘s ex who had been the first to be called about the accident because his name was still on her emergency contact card. Jed was perhaps a little good to be true, kind, caring, smart, handsome, wealthy, and extremely supportive. I was like OK Milly if you won’t have him I will! 🙋🏻‍♀️ There was some definite Romance peppered into the story but I’d say it was more of the story of Milly rediscovering and reinventing herself.

This book and emojis 🚍 📱 🏥 🪳 💞

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***


Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3aSlHxI

Author Bio: 

Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with ten books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. Her eleventh book is being released by Boldwood in 2021. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019.

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Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Thursday!

It is starting to heat up and that means time for all the summer Reads! Loved this book at my virtual trip to Italy through its pages!


Under The Italian Sun

The #1 bestseller is back with an uplifting, escapist read that will brighten the gloomiest day!

A warm, sun-baked terrace.

The rustle of verdant green vines.

The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.

And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?

My Thoughts

A beautiful story filled with family secrets, sizzling romance, and a gorgeous setting. Zia discovers that she is not who she always has thought she was. SO she packs her bags and heads to Italy with her best friend Ursula, to track down her father. The story took me on an emotional journey right alongside Zia. There were some light hearted whimsical moments as well as some very emotional parts. I was so grateful that Zia had her Bestie Ursula for support who was a great character. I also was thrilled to see the chemistry that developed between Zia and Piero. But boy oh boy were things complicated in this book both Ursula and Piero had some pretty major things going on in their own lives. The setting of the story was absolutely divine and so vividly described. I seriously felt like I was right there in Italy with these characters thanks to Sue Moorcroft’s descriptive storytelling. Another wonderful story from this prolific author.


Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Italian-Sun-Sue-Moorcroft-ebook/dp/B08L5RPD2W

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/under-the-italian-sun 

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/under-the-italian-sun/id1545319265 

W H Smith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/under-the-italian-sun/sue-moorcroft/paperback/9780008393021.html 

Bookshop.org: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/under-the-italian-sun/9780008393021

Author Bio –  Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached the #1 spot on Kindle UK. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Published by HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers around the world.

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A Secret Scottish Escape by Julie Shackman **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy hump day all!

I have been so busy over on Instagram with my new book promo company that I’ve kind of neglected my blog. I promise I am really going to try to get the balance back sooner than later. Thank goodness for great books and great opportunities to keep me on my toes and needing me to post on my blog!


A Secret Scottish Escape

Escape to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for a heartwarming and feel good cosy romance that will whisk you away from lockdown!

When Scotland’s sleepiest hamlet becomes the centre of hot gossip, Layla Devlin finds herself caught in a mystery…

When Layla’s fiancée has an unexpected heart attack and dies – in another woman’s arms, no less – Layla is determined to pack up and leave Loch Harris, the village she’s always called home. But an unexpected inheritance and love for her quiet corner of Scotland send her down a new path.

Now Layla finds herself facing a whole new kind of drama. Rumours swirl that a celebrity has moved into Coorie Cottage and Layla is determined to have him headline her opening night at local music venue The Conch Club. But the reclusive star is equally determined to thwart Layla’s efforts. Rafe Buchanan is in hiding for a reason, and soon his past comes to Loch Harris to haunt him…

My Thoughts

A perfect escape to Scotland filled with secrets, Romance, music, and family. Layla is blindsided when she finds out that her fiancé died in the arms of his ex-wife. Devastated and wanting a new start Layla is determined to leave town until she decides that she would love to give back to her community with the money she has inherited from her deadbeat fiancé. Layla has a great relationship with her dad who was in a band in the 70s, in fact Layla is named after the iconic Layla in the Eric Clapton song. Music plays a huge part in this book and Layla is determined to bring music to this sleepy Hamlet and figure out what’s going on with the mysterious new musician in town. The story was a bit of a genre potpourri there is some romance, some mystery, some family drama. Layla was a great character and I really wanted her to find some peace and happiness. The story had a great sense of community I just loved the setting of this small town in Scotland. A great story that gave me all the feels and left me with a smile on my face.


Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Scottish-Escape-Julie-Shackman-ebook/dp/B08T5WWNDR/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Scottish-Escape-Julie-Shackman-ebook/dp/B08T5WWNDR/

Author Bio –  

I am a contemporary romance author from Scotland, who is obsessed with stationery and handbags.

I am married with two sons and have a poodle cross Romanian rescue puppy called Cooper. A Secret Scottish Escape is my fifth book.

I trained as a journalist and studied Communication & Media. When I’m not reading or writing, I love getting out for long walks, listening to music and watching romcoms.

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