Escape to the gorgeous little village of Lockton in the Scottish Highlands, where you’ll discover sunshine, secrets and an unforgettable romance. It’s the perfect place to be this summer…
Thirty-year-old Paige Dougall’s life is a mess. Only a year ago she was smashing all of her life goals: handsome husband, high-flying job, cute kid. But in just under twelve months everything has gone wrong. Nursing a broken heart, single mother Paige returns to her childhood home in a picture-perfect Scottish village to try and get her life together.
Paige is too wrapped up in her worries to embrace the beautiful rolling hills and lavender-scented air of the highlands. That is until Johnny Becker, the infuriatingly cheerful chef, with his twinkling eyes and dimpled smile, steps onto the scene and provides Paige with some much-needed distraction…
Johnny challenges Paige to step outside her comfort zone and focus on the things that really matter. From food tasting, to puppy training, to mountain climbing, in every moment she spends with Johnny, Paige finds herself remembering how to live again… will she be able to love again too?
Across long sunshine-filled days, Paige and Johnny grow closer and she’s tempted to open her heart to him. But is happy-go-lucky Johnny hiding secrets of his own?
And can Paige learn to let go of her past and find happiness in the highlands?
You are desperate. Your life is turned upside down and you have shut everybody out. You can deal with everything by yourself, until you can’t anymore. That when it’s time to let yourself be surrounded by your family, but only for a few days. Afterwards you will be able to go home stronger and ready to tackle your every day life again.
Is this what you really want? Yes, of course it is, or isn’t it?
There are a lot of decisions you have to make. Will you be able to open your heart again not only to friendship, but also to love? Do you believe the villagers when they tell you you belong here or are you certain the big city is what you call home. But where is home? Isn’t is where your heart is or does your brain tells you otherwise?
It’s great to be back in Scotland and reconnect with all the lovely characters in the village. It’s a magical place where love blossoms, second chances are given and the community sticks together.
Friendship, love and some TLC are the perfect medicine to cure everything, if you let them in.
A lovely story where a dog seems to be a great doctor too. 🙂 5 stars
Thank you, Donna Ashcroft and Bookouture
About the author
Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.