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Is there really such a thing as a second shot at true love?
After three wonderful years of marriage, librarian Juliette Fairhurst’s heart is shattered when her husband, Laurie, is taken from her much too soon.
Devasted, Juliette decides to take a sabbatical and reconnect with her mother’s birthplace, the village of Glentorrin on the picturesque Isle of Skye.
Welcomed by most of the villagers, Juliette throws herself into an idyllic community life, taking on the role of temporary summer guardian at The Lifeboat House Museum; a role that offers her the perfect escape from the tragedy of her real life.
During her time on the island, Juliette clashes with brooding single dad and artist, Reid Mackinnon and is befriended by his son Evin and dog Chewie. It’s clear that divorced Reid is struggling and scarred by his own painful experiences.
Can these two lost souls find a lifeline to rescue each other?
Or will their pasts scupper their second chance at real happiness?
This is a truly lovely, heartwarming read dealing with some sensitive issues in a caring and supportive manner.
Juliette Fairhurst had gone straight back to work after the shocking death of her beloved husband after he lost his fight with cancer. She didn’t really give herself time to grieve properly, suffered from depression and, two years later, has decided to make time for herself. She goes to stay in the village where her mother grew up, Glentorrin on the Isle of Skye, planning to stay there for three months over the summer. She never foresaw how welcoming most (but not all) of the islanders would be, how healing the experience would prove or how she would be able to help others, too.
It is a moving story, but one filled with optimism, too, showing how any loss can prove difficult to cope with but that there are folks to help. It is a story of friendships, recognising and helping those with mental health issues, breaking down barriers around your heart, family dramas and community. It is about recognising when you need help, opening yourself up to talking about experiences, fears, worries and the past to help you move on to a more positive future. There’s a lovely lad, Evin, and his rambunctious puppy, Chewie, lots of new friendships to be made and some betrayals to be discovered. There’s the beautiful setting, the heartwarming community, even their version of the Highland Games, The Lifeboat House Museum, a troubled artist and new friends in this emotive story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend.
Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed,
Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.
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