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  • The two Port Willow books

    I read the two Port Willow booksone after another. They are about real people and it was very easy for me to connect to these. Also a lot of their highs and lows triggered remebrances about my own life. I loved the stories. Warmely recommended to other readers.

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  • Romance and Artisanship in the Scottish Highlands.

    Matchmaking at Port Willow by: Kiley Dunbar Hera Books Dunbar's new novel showcases the rich heritage of the Scottish Highlands through a romantic storyline linked to local craftsman and their talents in creating works of art. An arts and crafts holiday at the nineteenth century The Princess and the Pea Inn on the beautiful shores of Port Willow Bay sounds divine, especially during the winter holidays. It would be hard to choose between classes such as watercolor, glassmaking, cookery, and silversmithing, but I think I'd select the willow weaving and crocheting. With the magic of both new and renewed love always in the air here as well, I might want to stay a while. Romantic relationships and friendships are paramount, with Nina coming from New York to Port Willow for a job assignment. She gets to know community members Beatrice, Atholl, Kitty and Gene, as well as a cast of Inn guests, locals, two charming dogs, and one special guy named Mutt. Dunbar vividly portrays the culture of her stunning setting through exquisite portrayals of language, landscape, foods, and traditions. Come and get lost in romance and experience the taste of Scottish shortbread and the smell of lavender amid the splendid sights of the Scottish Highlands. This book can stand alone but is a sequel to Summer at the Highland Coral Beach. Thank you to Net Galley and Hera Books for the advance reader's copy and opportunity to provide my unbiased review.  #MatchmakingatPortWillow #NetGalley

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  • Scotland love connections:-)

    💘Happy matches seasoned with sadness in a Scottish setting🎑 I really enjoyed this sweet tale of romance breaking through the surface of a snowy Scottish winter. I did not read the first book in the series but it really wasn't required. Beatrice and Atholl from that first book return, here in an established relationship which prompts Beatrice to want to spread love and romance to others visiting or residing in her adopted (fictional) Highland coastal village just up the coast from the Isle of Skye. Four visitors are the objects of Beatrice's matchmaking plans and, along with their stories, a scary wrinkle develops in Beatrice and Atholl's own story. From the way the book started, I thought Nina with her career and relationship problems would be the main focus. While I liked the storylines for all three couples, I think I would have preferred the story focusing on one, possibly two couples instead so more pages could be devoted to each. Dunbar really knows how to evoke a feeling for the natural beauty of the place and the community of characters she creates. Seth McVie, the energetic octogenarian bachelor looking for companionship, even game for speeddating, was one of my favorite secondary characters. Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for sharing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest opinion.

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  • Heartwarming small town romance

    Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar is the second book in her Port Willow Bay series, however, it can easily be read as a stand-alone book. It is a heartwarming, and sweet story with a load of quirky characters in a small-town setting. Nina works in a glamorous company in New York City called MicroTrend, a company that seeks new luxury products to sell to the rich and famous who are always looking for the next new thing. Her boyfriend, Luke, took her under his wing when she was an intern with the company and he engineered her rise in the company due to his rich and famous friends and contacts. Just before Christmas, Nina is called into the CEO’s office and is demoted and sent to the Scottish Highlands to find new and exciting new products. She’s sure the demotion is due to her boyfriend, Luke, finding a new girlfriend while on a business trip to Tokyo and dumping her via a letter given to her by his assistant. Nina ends up in Port Willow at the Princess and the Pea Inn, run by Beatrice and Atholl. At the Inn, she meets Murray or Mutt as the locals call him, a decorator, working with Beatrice and Atholl to spruce up the Inn. Nina wants to find something amazing to bring back to her company and prove that she can do her job without Luke’s help and his social contacts, and is not interested in staying in Port Willow any longer than she has to. I loved the small village of Port Willow and its quirky inhabitants. Beatrice and Atholl are so endearing and adorable, and their love story continues in this second book in this series. The Inn is vividly described as well as the surrounding village and the willow fields. I also enjoyed the lonely empty-nester couple, Ruth and Mark as Beatrice helps them to overcome their fractured marriage. Nina is a lot more difficult to relate to. Her ambition to succeed led her to a disastrous relationship with Luke and it was difficult for me to sympathize with her, even when Luke dumped her in a very cowardly way. She’s abrupt and single-minded in her search for the next great product, and she doesn’t have any empathy or interest in the townspeople. She does eventually redeem herself, although it was later in the story and almost too late for me. I recommend this book to lovers of small-town romance and heartwarming stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • Highland delight

    This is the first Kiley Dunbar book I’ve read and whilst it does seem to continue on from a previous novel I didn’t have any problems with missing background although I think if you’re considering this I’d look at reading the previous one first just to avoid spoilers. It’s a very character led book with loved up Beatrice honing in on a few hotel guests that she feels would benefit from some gentle meddling both to start a relationship and to relight one. I liked that the issues of miscarriage and menopause were both well covered although overall this is still a warm and lighthearted read.

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