Blog Tour - A Secret Scottish Escape by Julie Shackman
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…
Layla doesn't have the best of starts in the novel, and my heart went out to her for the pain she suffered. However, this book is heralded as feel good cosy romance so life didn't remain so awful for her, especially when she embarks on a business venture that will benefit the whole community and finds new love along the way.
I loved the relationship between Layla and her father, and the way their love of music was something they could enjoy together. In fact, music is a thread that runs through the whole story and is as much of a setting as Loch Harris is.
The value of friends features heavily in this book - not so much family, as Layla's mother is a nightmare, and Mac, who was set to shortly become her family, proves to be a total cad. There are several dramas for good measure and a great deal of soul searching. The main theme, aside from the romance, could be said as never giving up, because it's Layla's tenacity which brings about the hoped-for ending.
About the Author
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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