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Gorgeous #Festive #Romance – Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft

Title: Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands

Author: Donna Ashcroft 

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: Sept 27th 2022

Buy Link https://geni.us/B0B8P9VFPHsocial

My Review:

Merry is escaping to the Scottish Highlands for Christmas,
Leaving behind her protective three older brothers at last.
They love each other dearly but she's starting to find
Though well-meaning, their efforts to shield her are anything but kind!

She's wanting her independence, a chance to find herself, too,
She wants to be brave again and to dare try some things that are new.
Her confidence has been taken by their loving support so
She's leaving them behind for now so she can have a go.

Staying in their Aunt's cottage she's lots of things to do,
Like looking after her menagerie and being Secret Santa, too.
However a rabbit, Chewy, who definitely lives up to his name
Destroys her Aunt's written plans, he's totally to blame!

Get ready for animal antics and a very attractive Vet,
He's determined not to care for her but can't resist her yet!
Can the two learn to work together, or will he smother her, too?
How can she get braver and what can he do?

There's some detective work needed for the presents, too,
For Chewy ate the list saying what is intended and for who!
With her brothers threatening to come up to stay,
What can they do to keep them away?

A story of a community, where everyone tries to help each other,
This also includes several romances and more than one enlightened brother.
For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you,
It is a lovely story I highly recommend in this my honest review.

About the Book: 

Step into the cosy Scottish village of Christmas where you’ll find plenty of secrets, romance and mulled wine! And join Merry McKenzie as she stays at her Aunt Ava’s cottage for the winter festivities to try and mend her broken heart…

Thirty-one-year-old Merry is escaping to the Scottish Highlands for Christmas. Heartbroken by the death of her father, the man who raised her single-handedly, she needs some time to heal. Hiding away at Chestnut Cottage with only her Aunt Ava’s menagerie of pets for company seems like the perfect way to spend a peaceful December. But when she arrives, Merry discovers some curious instructions from her aunt asking her to organise Secret Santa gifts for the residents of Christmas village.

Merry’s determined to try and carry out her aunt’s festive task. But on her first night in the little cottage everything goes wrong – including upsetting the handsome local vet Theo Ellis-Lee when he arrives to assist with a crazed turkey and the mischievous rabbit who’s torn apart her aunt’s gift list. Merry is completely out of her comfort zone and it doesn’t help that Theo is both infuriatingly cheerful and insanely attractive.

Merry’s plans for a quiet break are quickly thwarted as Theo starts coming by every day to check on the unruly animals, and she can’t deny he sets her pulse racing. And, one by one, the friendly locals draw her out of her shell with cosy cups of tea, warm words and laughter-filled evenings in the pub. She finds herself embracing the challenge of finding the perfect gift for each of the kind-hearted people on her list. When Theo offers to help, sparks fly between them. But when the Secret Santa project forces Merry to face her heartache, she’s not sure she’s ready for a fresh start.

At a crossroads in her life, will Merry decide to go home and hide from her problems or will she open her heart and stay in Christmas village?

A gorgeous, winter romance to lose yourself in this Christmas. Perfect for fans of Nicola May, Trisha Ashley and Debbie Macomber – and best accompanied by a hot chocolate!

Author Bio:

Donna Ashcroft was born in London, England 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 was shortlisted for the RNA Debut Romantic Novel of the Year in 2019, has had nine books published with Bookouture and her tenth is due out in September 2022.

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 two teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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