Thursday, May 30, 2024

BLOG TOUR - An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch


High on the hills above the wide blue loch, Deb pulls the torn, sepia photograph out of her pocket, tracing her thumb over the girl pictured playing happily amongst the heather. Her grandmother hid this secret for decades…

After losing her sense of self recovering from a serious operation, event planner 
Deb Sutherland is desperate to reconnect with her family and start living again. So, when an email arrives from the Laird of Loch Cameron asking her to plan his annual Spring Fling, Deb packs her life into her car and makes for the rolling hills of the Highlands. This could be her chance to explore the Scottish roots her beloved grandmother refused to speak about.

Auditioning bands and designing decorations at the Laird’s grand castle, Deb runs into property developer 
Kyle Abernethy on the edge of the manicured gardens. Kyle is maddeningly arrogant, but Deb can’t deny how his icy blue eyes make her stomach flip. And as they share a bottle of wine overlooking the glittering loch, Deb finds herself laughing like she hasn’t in years.

But when Deb finds an old map of tumbledown worker’s cottages in the castle archives, her heart stops. She remembers how tearful her grandmother would get when asked about her childhood. Was Loch Cameron her home before her family was tragically torn apart? Has Kyle been hiding this truth from her all along?

As the Spring Fling approaches, should Deb run from Loch Cameron for good? Or will confronting her heart-breaking family history mean she can finally move forward with Kyle by her side?


Title:  An Invitation to the Cottage
 by the Loch
Author:  Kennedy Kerr
Series:  Loch Cameron Book #5
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Women’s Fiction; Romance 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  228
Date of Publication:   May 29, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars 


Deborah Sutherland experienced painful reproductive problems and has had to have a hysterectomy. This is heartbreaking for her as she always wanted to have a family. This sensitive story by Kennedy Kerr brings a spotlight to the painful condition of endometriosis, a condition that affects just about 10% of the world’s population. Just reading about this has opened my eyes a bit more and that was before I even got into the meat of the story.

Making that permanent decision was perhaps the hardest thing Deb had ever done, and this did not help the success of her current relationship with her partner Dan. She takes the opportunity to get away for a while, and heads to Queens Point in Loch Cameron.  

Having been asked to plan the annual Spring Fling in Loch Cameron further cements Deb’s decision to go. This not only affords Deb a break, it has other advantages. For one thing, she gets to enjoy the beauty that is Loch Cameron, but more importantly, she gets to explore her grandmother’s roots. Deb never understood why her grandmother always refused to share her past, and perhaps now she can get answers that she always desired.

This must be the right place for Deb because she immediately feels right at home. The sense of community is second to none, and she experiences a warmth she did not expect. Also, she has met the property developed named Kyle who gets on her last nerve, despite the fact that she irritatingly finds herself drawn to him.

Despite being busy planning the Spring Fling, she is determined to break open the vault of family secrets. Hoping to land with her feet on the ground, Deb just might find herself in Loch Cameron for good. 

From the first book in this series, The Cottage by the Loch, as well as each successive book, readers are treated to thoroughly heartwarming stories, and this latest book certainly proves that. Despite the emotional punch that comes from Deb’s experience with endometriosis, the book is quite touching, and this includes a sweet love story.

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


Kennedy Kerr is a 
USA Today Bestselling fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle's nap schedule one day.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it. Her favourite foods include (but are not limited to) Indian food, Victoria sponge, breakfast pastries with coffee and sushi. The only thing she's not particularly keen on is artichoke, and she'd eat it, anyway.

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