Monday, November 15, 2021

Review - Christmas in the Scottish Highlands

Christmas in the Scottish Highlands
Author:  Donna Ashcroft
Publisher: Bookouture 
Genre:   Women’s Fiction; Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   214
Date of Publication:   October 11, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars 


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.



Belle Albany immediately begins to worry after crashing into an elderly woman named Edina, who suffers a broken bone. It doesn’t take Belle but a moment to realize that Edina is living all alone in a crumbling Scottish castle. Belle cannot walk away. It is the Christmas season and Belle had actually been feeling quite alone herself. She moves in with Edina while she recovers. Christmas starts to look brighter. 

However when Edina received a FaceTime call from her grandson Jack, Belle begins to worry is that she may have overstepped. Belle soon learns that Jack has not seen his grandmother for decades. Despite this, Jack shows up. What is more is he is rude and arrogant and has no desire to make Christmas enjoyable for anyone. Any Christmas plans that Belle and Edina had begin to form look like they will fall apart. He only intends in being in Scotland long enough to find a better place for his grandmother to live.

Belle decides to go ahead with the Christmas plans that she had begun to form with Edina. Every step of the way, Jack disagrees. However, the ice around his heart begins to thaw and before long Jack and Belle soon realize that they are both drawn to one another. Will the pair find that the Christmas holidays bring joy to both of their hearts or will something from Jack’s past be responsible for ruining any chance that happiness for them? In this touching story by Donna Ashcroft the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, the Christmas season, the love of family and friends, and two hearts all come together in a wonderful story that proved to be a delightful read.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Donna spent a couple of decades writing bad horror stories and worse poetry until she gave up and accidently fell into publishing. After many years of working on other people’s books, she began to write her own romantic comedies and hasn’t looked back.

When Donna isn’t lost in her latest love affair, she works for a website where she indulges her other passion – buying moisturiser.

Donna lives in Hertfordshire with her own romantic hero, two gorgeous teenagers and a couple of cantankerous cats.

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