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#Review Love on the Rocks by Elise McArthur
Love on the Rocks
by Elsie McArthur
Escaping a difficult childhood, unhappy marriage and dead-end job, Rachel McIntyre has escaped to the tiny Hebridean island of Inniscreag in search of a new beginning.
Taking a job as the manager of the local distillery, she’s just settling into her new life when the elderly, eccentric owner dies, unexpectedly leaving her two hundred year old family legacy in Rachel’s inexperienced hands.
Can she keep the small, community business alive in the face of a takeover attempt from a major multinational corporation? And can she resist the charms of the flirtatious, attractive company lawyer who arrives on the island to persuade her to sell up?
Join Rachel and the quirky inhabitants of Inniscreag – along with a couple of unexpected arrivals – in this funny, heartwarming tale about love, loss and having the courage to start over.
When I started this book I was transported to my favourite places in the Scottish Highlands and whilst Inniscreag might be a fictional isle but the scenery, community spirit and general feeling that you are right there with Rachel is very very real.
Rachel has left her husband and native Glasgow and moved to Inniscreag, a wee (fictional) island between Skye and North Uist, and now helps manage the local distillery. The distillery has been in Edith’s family for generations, and now she has moved into a nursing home on the mainland she calls Rachel, we can tell her time is up but even though it happens right at the start of the book I still felt a strong connection Edith who gave Rachel a new lease of life on the island and since she had no living family Edith leaves the distillery in its entirety to Rachel!
The inheritance of the distillery not only secures Rachel’s future but it also brings out the vultures – first there is bid to buy her out of the distillery from a bug company in Edinburgh who wants to bring the place into the here and now and widen the client base, then there is a long lost family member who turns up to contest the will. With all that going on there is romance on the horizon for Rachel when she falls for Duncan who has been sent from Edinburgh to buy her out.
For a small island there is a whole host of other characters – even though Rachel is our main focus, we do get a feel and connection with everyone. But small island life means that secrets have a way of being buried and passed on with generations, and when Rachel discovers things from her past that lead to connections the island – I kinda saw it coming but yet at the same time wasn’t prepared if you get what I mean.
This was a heartfelt story or starting over, and i truly enjoyed ever minute of this book.
Author Bio –
Elsie McArthur is an independent author of women’s fiction. After studying law at university, and then re-training as a primary school teacher, she now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, two kids, a couple of badly behaved dogs and a cat with a superiority complex. As well as continuing to work part time as a teacher, she is now indulging in her first love of writing. Her first book, ‘The Back Up Plan’, was released in January 2020. Her second novel, ‘Love, on the Rocks’ – a tale of love, loss and starting over, set on the remote Scottish island of Inniscreag – is due for release in Summer 2020.
Social Media Links –
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