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Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft | #BooksOnTour #BookReview @Donnashc @Bookouture #NetGalley #ContemporaryRomance #WomensFiction

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Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Books on Tour for Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft

Our thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Christmas in the Scottish Highlands is a lovely Christmas story about the importance of being open with those one loves and the power of kindness.

Book Details

Title: Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft
Publisher: Bookouture (October 11, 2021)
Print Lenght: 214 pages
Language: English

Book Description

Welcome to the gorgeous little Scottish village of Christmas, where snow is falling, presents are being wrapped and the locals are writing their festive wish lists. Will this finally be the year that Belle’s dreams come true?

Thirty-year-old Belle Albany is feeling lonely this Christmas. Another whole year has passed and her life is… exactly the same as it was last December. She longs for true love and a little bit of winter magic – but she’s almost given up on finding it in the sleepy Scottish community where she lives…

When Belle crashes into elderly Edina on her cherry red bicycle, it’s not the meet-cute she’d been hoping for. But she immediately recognises the lost look in Edina’s watery-blue eyes and resolves to organise a Christmas to remember for them both – brimming with mince pies, mulled wine and lots of sparkle. Although Belle hadn’t counted on Edina’s home being a crumbling Scottish castle and she certainly hadn’t been expecting Edina’s handsome long-lost grandson Jack Hamilton-Kirk to turn up on the doorstep in the middle of a snow storm…

Jack is arrogant, rude and bossy and Belle is convinced he’s about to ruin the seasonal cheer she has worked hard to create. He’s basically the Grinch in human form, so why does her heart race every time they’re in the same room? They disagree on almost everything, from menu choices to music, and yet she starts to glimpse a softer side hidden behind Jack’s clipped words and brooding countenance.

As they hunt down costumes for the annual nativity show and save a donkey from a snowy disaster, Belle can’t ignore their growing attraction. But will a secret from Jack’s past come between them? Or will this finally be the year Belle falls in love?

This gorgeous, festive read is like a warm hug in a book! The perfect cosy romance to snuggle up with this Christmas. Fans of Nicola May, Trisha Ashley and Debbie Macomber will love this wonderfully uplifting novel.

From the Publisher’s Blurb

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Belle Albany was an elementary school teacher with a heart of gold. So when she accidentally knocked Edina, an old lady from the village, down, she felt compelled to move in with her until she recovered from her injuries.

All was well, and they were striking a lovely friendship until Jack, Edina’s estranged grandson, appeared out of thin air and was set on sending the old lady to a nursing home.

This rom-com was lovely. Clicked all the right boxes for me: 

  • lovely heroine – checked 
  • swoon-worthy, broody, emotionally unavailable hero – checked
  • sweet old lady with a protective suitor – checked 
  • an adorable cat and a runaway donkey – checked
  • a Christmas atmosphere – checked
  • community, family, and romance – checked

My first book by this author, but certainly not my last 😉

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

I spent years working in publishing and as a freelance copywriter before turning my hand to writing romance novels. It took a few more years until I got the story right, and I was helped along by the help of the fantastic Romantic Novelist Association and their New Writer’s Scheme.

I was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017, along with my fellow author Erin Green. After this I met Natasha Harding from Bookouture who offered to mentor me through the WoMentoring Project – and this lead to my first publishing contract. I’m working on my eighth book now.

Originally from Buckinghamshire, I lived in Lancashire and London before settling in Hertfordshire. Here I live with my own romantic hero Chris, two fantastic teenagers, along with a couple of very grumpy cats.

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