Top positive review
Wonderful story in a fabulous setting
11 August 2016
Ishabel (Issy) Stuart is introduced in dramatic style with a race along the causeway to Eilean na Sgairbh, against the incoming tide and an impending thunderstorm. She’s on her way home to her aunt Esme and the house she grew up in, now a B&B, along with a wounded heart and her father’s ashes. She needs the serenity of Cormorant Island, her aunt and a heart to heart chat. But Esme has guests, a motley crew of elderly activists, and was due to leave with them the following day, on a campaign against fracking.
One guest, however, plans on staying, which does nothing for Issy’s erstwhile plans for peace and quiet and a shoulder to cry on. Gorgeous, sexy and American, Brodie unsettles Issy, not least of all because she suspects there’s more to his visit than Brodie’s letting on.
As always, Lizzie Lamb’s wonderfully distinctive, strong characters are well defined and fascinating with developed back stories which are revealed as the story progresses. The growing attraction between Issy and Brodie is fun and romantic, and the cast of secondary characters are just as enjoyable. Not forgetting to mention one of the best – Pershing the parrot, of course, who has a penchant for colourful and highly amusing remarks, delivered just at the relevant moments. I laughed at the prying group of pushy village busybodies and could just imagine how everyone’s business was talked about and dissected. Issy is in for a few shocks, she has no idea of the events about to unfold or the secrets to be uncovered.
Realistic, authentic Scottish dialogue, convincing and laced with humour, and great characterisation, adds to the charm. The Scottish setting is beautifully described, the island’s coast and scenery are easily imagined. I love that Lizzie Lamb always adds much more to her stories than just romance, this one incorporating humour and conflict. The mystery surrounding the now ruined Stuart’s Twa Burns whisky distillery is fascinating and the question of what on earth does Kentucky have to do with a distillery on a remote Scottish island. There’s a romance that almost never was, and more besides, making this a great read for those that like added extras to their romances.