Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from her family and the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle – but now she’s returning to Glendale Hall.
As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.
Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Can a festive trail bring the village back together?
Will returning to Glendale bring back the old magic that she’s been missing – or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?
Time for a romantic story during the festive season in Scotland. I love the Scottish accent, but I don’t think the Scottish winters are for me. Nothing stopping me from visiting in the summer than, right? 😉
Maybe it was different when I grew up. It seemed like it was more important to do what people expected you to do than doing what your heart told you to. You were afraid to do certain things in a certain way because of what people would have to say about it.
I have always been a bit of a rebel. I wanted people to notice me and talk about me because I wanted them to see I wanted to do and study what I wanted to. But unfortunately I could not follow all my dreams. So I swore, when once I had kids I would show them how to not care about what people thought about certain things and to go for it.
That’s what happened to Beth. She was stopped in doing what her heart told her to and she had to make a drastic decision. Years later people show regret, but all the time they spent apart is time you can never get back .
People should take the time to listen to each other before judging or not taking other people’s ideas or feelings in consideration.
Some people have the decency to come clean and to ask for forgiveness, but some are never able to admit they were wrong.
This is a gorgeous story about family, lost love, forgiveness and new plans for a happy future. I love all the characters, the background story and I admire people big enough to say they were wrong even though it might take them far too long. 5 stars
About the author
Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling Glendale Hall series and two acclaimed standalone novels – Summer at the Kindness Cafe, and The Second Love of My Life. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent, picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and shortlisted for two RNA awards