I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Christmas Castle in Scotland (Romantic Escapes, Book 9) by Julie Caplin
Published by HarperCollins UK on October 31, 2022
Genres: Fiction / General, Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, History / Europe / Great Britain / Scotland
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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Unwrap this gorgeous gift of a book for an escape to the snow-peaked caps of the Scottish Highlands and a romance that will melt your heart...
Izzy McBride had never in a million years expected to inherit an actual castle from her great uncle Bill but here she was, in the run up to Christmas, Monarch of her own Glen – a very rundown glen in need of a lot of TLC if her dream of turning it into a boutique bed and breakfast was to come true.
But when Izzy’s eccentric mother rents a room to enigmatic thriller author Ross Adair and the Scottish snow starts to settle like the frosting on a Christmas cake, it’s a race to get the castle ready before they’re all snowed in for the holidays.
Praise for Julie Caplin:
‘One unputdownable story’ Katie Fforde
‘An irresistible slice of escapism’ Phillipa Ashley
‘Five big fat stars’ Sue Moorcroft
The Christmas Castle in Scotland was a joy to read and a wonderful holiday story of life, love; family (found and real) and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down memory lane of my time spent in Scotland over the summer. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
An entertaining, fun, and sweet Christmas romance set in a castle in Scotland, sounds idyllic yes? Well maybe for some but for our heroine it is make or break as she tries to take the castle she inherited that is in disarray and disrepair and turn it into a luxury hotel. I loved this story; this woman’s journey into changing her life and learning to let go, to trust others, and live her life to the fullest.
Izzy never expected to inherit her uncle’s castle but she did much to her mother’s consternation but has hopes of turning it into a hotel/bed and breakfast with her mother’s help. Returning from a cookery class so she’ll be able to feed her guests she finds her mother has rented out a room to a history professor for 3 months while he writes a book and has booked the place out to a family for Christmas just two months away. With very little budget and so much that needs to be done, Izzy digs in and begins to not only work on the castle but on her menu for the week her guests will be in residence.
I loved the mish-mash of characters, the uptight history professor Ross who is keeping secrets, Izzy’s vivacious and verbose mother, Xanthe, the long time estate manager Duncan, and the young couple, Jim and Jeanette, who were squatting on her land (totally legal in Scotland) until an awful storm has them seeking refuge and Izzy brings them in where they agree to help with the work. Through it all is Izzy taking charge and helping everyone as she works towards the Christmas week giving them all a sense of family they didn’t even know they desired.
The Christmas Castle in Scotland was a joy to read and a wonderful holiday story of life, love; family (found and real) and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down memory lane of my time spent in Scotland over the summer.