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Title: Summer in the Scottish Highlands
Author: Donna Ashcroft
Published: June 4th, 2021
This is a gorgeous contemporary romance in an idyllic setting with a fabulous community feel to it all, complete with just a hint at the psychic, too.
Paige Dougall grew up in the small village of Lockton in the Scottish Highlands and it is here that she returns with her three year old daughter when life throws her another curve ball – she’s had too many of the in the last year and is struggling to cope with facing yet another calamity. When an uncontrolled puppy endeavouring to run off with the contents of her suitcase inadvertently introduces her to its owner, Johnny Becker, neither realised the repercussions! As she and her daughter settle into village life, she’s faced with new options – including a possible romance. However, she’s been hurt before, will she take a chance on life and love again?
Some sensitive issues are included in this story, including mental health, guilt and grief, they are dealt with in a sympathetic and caring manner. There are some fantastic characters and plenty of surprises along the way to more than one romance. It is a heartwarming, inspirational read, showing how important it is to take time to appreciate what makes you happy. It is about learning to work to live and never to live to work, sorting your priorities out to help you live a happy life and have time to enjoy your life with those you love and care about.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Escape to the gorgeous little village of Lockton in the Scottish Highlands, where you’ll discover sunshine, secrets and an unforgettable romance. It’s the perfect place to be this summer…
Thirty-year-old Paige Dougall’s life is a mess. Only a year ago she was smashing all of her life goals: handsome husband, high-flying job, cute kid. But in just under twelve months everything has gone wrong. Nursing a broken heart, single mother Paige returns to her childhood home in a picture-perfect Scottish village to try and get her life together.
Paige is too wrapped up in her worries to embrace the beautiful rolling hills and lavender-scented air of the highlands. That is until Johnny Becker, the infuriatingly cheerful chef, with his twinkling eyes and dimpled smile, steps onto the scene and provides Paige with some much-needed distraction…
Johnny challenges Paige to step outside her comfort zone and focus on the things that really matter. From food tasting, to puppy training, to mountain climbing, in every moment she spends with Johnny, Paige finds herself remembering how to live again… will she be able to love again too?
Across long sunshine-filled days, Paige and Johnny grow closer and she’s tempted to open her heart to him. But is happy-go-lucky Johnny hiding secrets of his own?
And can Paige learn to let go of her past and find happiness in the highlands?
A gorgeous, moving summer romance novel about finding joy in the small things and discovering what really matters in life. Perfect for fans of Nicola May, Sarah Morgan and Cathy Bramley.
(Previously titled – Summer at Kindness Cottage)
Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.