Happy Sunday my fellow bookworms,
I was recently very lucky to be asked if I would like to join in on a Blog tour about a book that takes place in Scotland and of course I couldn’t say no. Scotland has always drawn me in whether it be to read about such a beautiful country in the ancient times or the modern because it seems like such a magical place! I would also like to mention that my views on this book are completely my own and receiving a free digital copy does not influence my thoughts. So without further ado, get ready to hear my gushing over this book!
This is the story of a man named Greg who lives in a small Scottish town known as Clachan and is trying to deal with the grief of losing his beloved girlfriend Mairi who went climbing and though her body was never found, was presumed dead about six months later. Greg is a shell of a man as he tries to just get through the days with his faithful dog Angus as his side and trying to keep busy working at a local bar or doing odd jobs. The hardest part for him is not being able to properly deal with Mairi’s death because there wasn’t a body found and he’s not sure if that pain will ever go away. Then one day a beautiful brunette walks into the bar that he’s working at, he finds himself drawn to her and proceeds to make a complete idiot of himself by talking rather gruffly to her because he’s scared of his attraction and afraid to get close to someone again. Little does he know how that beautiful woman will turn his world upside down.
Mallory came to Clachan to live with her fiance in the hopes of making a home in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. She’s rather annoyed by the not so welcome greeting she receives from Greg but doesn’t let that stop her from trying to make a go at a possible life in Scotland with her soon to be husband at her side. Unfortunately, her fiance Sam gets into an accident on a rainy evening on his way to be with her and is killed which sends all of her plans out the window. Her friends and family rally around her to try to offer support as she tries not to fall down the well of despair. She finds an unlikely friendship with the rather gruff Greg who happens to find her wandering down by the shore one night in no shoes and at the point where she’s reached the limit of what she can take.
These two lost souls are from different worlds and yet they find a kinship in their grief of losing their significant others and a connection that slowly starts to deep the more they spend time in each other’s company. Both have gone through the kind of grief that no one should have to deal with and find support among the people in the small town in Clachan.
As their friendship progresses, they try hard to find their growing attraction for each other but can’t help growing closer particularly with Greg serenading Mallory with his lyrics at a bar they work at together and their understanding of the power of grief. Just when things seem to slowly be falling into place including Greg having a chance to become famous with his life long dream of being a singer, someone from Greg’s past will show up to throw a wrench in the monkey works and could tear the fragile connection of Greg and Mallory.
It will take courage, honesty, and the power of love to determine whether these two people are able to work past obstacles or for fate to choose to keep them apart.
This was truly a wonderful book and my heart ached for the grief Greg as well as Mallory were going through. I can’t even imagine how painful it would be to lose a significant other and I just wanted to see these two finally get some happiness.
I adored Angus who is such a sweetheart and seemed happiest at his Master’s side. I wanted to reach through the words and cuddle the very sweet dog who seemed to love everyone.
I also loved the variety of songs that were mentioned in this book and several of whom I hadn’t heard before. It was wonderful to be able to listen to the songs while reading this book and to imagine I was right there to see this story unfold and root for a happy ending. Also I could almost imagine seeing the beautiful scenery and getting caught up in the beautiful country of Scotland. It’s on my bucket list of countries to hopefully see some day.
I’m so very glad that I was given a chance to read this book and now I really want to read the other book which is called A Seaside Escape that was published before this story and is Mallory’s version of the events.
If you enjoy reading about the Scottish Highlands, adorable dogs, adventure, some Scottish slang and the power of love, you’ll enjoy this book. Though it is heartbreaking at times, it is also equal parts adorable and funny which all make a great story!
So I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and my thoughts have maybe inspired you to check out this book. I could continue to rave about this book but I would rather not spoil things and hope you’ll take a moment to check it out if you are so inclined. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will return soon with more ramblings.
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