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    Christmas romance in Orkney, with whiskey

    Laurel is looking after her 14 year old nephew Zac after her sister Abby checks herself into rehab. Abby and Laurel have seen each other since Abby left home to go to university when she was 18 years old, now over 20 years later Laurel is stuck with an anti-social monosyllabic teenager who has just been expelled from his very expensive private school. Ever the optimist, Laurel decides to take Zac to Orkney, a place she remembers spending several idyllic summers before her mother died. She hopes that her great aunt's cottage will somehow get through to Zac where she has failed. But Orkney in Summer is very different to Orkney a week before Christmas. Her aunt's cottage isn't what she remembers, the stove won't work and there's an eccentric farmer waving a shotgun! This is a lovely feel-good holiday romance, not too sweet with plenty of whisky to warm the insides. Recommended for those who like Hallmark Christmas movies, grumpy farmers with a heart of gold and wrenching teenagers away from their digital devices! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Tule in return for an honest review.
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    Realistically Heartwarming Romance

    I have read many books written by Kate Hewitt, some contemporary romance and some more along the line of women’s fiction, I can say that I enjoyed them all. However, Edge of the World is by far my very favorite. I have put some thought into why? Of course, the fact that most of the story takes place on the Orkney Islands probably has something to do with it. Several years ago I was able to make my way across the ocean to visit Scotland including those islands. What a perfect and unique place for this story. That can’t be the main reason though, since no place can save a poorly written story or unlikable characters. Good thing this is well-written with endearing characters. I did love these characters, even Abby, who with my mind make up I had decided to dislike. That was until I met her, then I had great sympathy for her. I understood Laurel so well, one who doesn’t make waves, wants to be liked. Then Zach is just struggling. I could see him like so many teenagers who could go in either direction as they grew older so strong guidance and wisdom is needed. I also loved how the story unfolded, with the slow build of the relationship between Laurel and her nephew as well as the one with Archie. Speaking of Archie, he is certainly an interesting character for the Scottish hero of the book. No Colin Firth, but I dare say even better because he sounded so real, so much like the working men in my life. The reader only sees him through Laurel’s eyes but I like to think that there is so much more depth and intelligence than she ever gave him credit for having. His words were kind, but also full of wisdom from one who has had a few bad knocks himself but never became bitter. He sounds pretty wonderful to me. So a great place, great story telling and a great man to fall in love with for Laurel and the reader too. I can only hope that there will be more in this series; Abby’s story, Tom West’s story and Zach’s all grown up story? An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    An emotional love story

    This is a deeply emotional love story that will draw you in and make you believe that anything is possible Laurel's Christmas plans take a huge turn when she is advised that her estranged sister has checked into rehab and she needs to look after her nephew Zac. He is one rebellious teenager and is kicked out of school so she decides to take him to Orkney to stay at her aunts old cottage a place she has fond childhood memories of. What happens when you put a rebellious city teenager on a s mall island He actually bonds with the neighbour a dour sheep farmer named Archie MacDougall after he rescues him from an incident at the pub but even more alarming is the connection between Archie and Laurel a connection that has no future with him in the Orkney's and her returning to London. Can they find a way to be together you will have to read to see
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    Hewitt finds beauty in the hard moments.

    Although I was not a fan of the title, Christmas at the Edge of the World proved itself more than capable of making up for that. Hewitt finds beauty in the hard moments. Laurel is used to life getting in her face, but when love finds it's way into her heart, she doesn't quite know how to react. From tough talking, rebellious teenagers to an oddly tempting sheep farmer, Hewitt turns the fantasy of love on it's ear and delivers her own brand of charm to capture our hearts.
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    Delightful!

    Kate Hewitt writes wonderful stories. They are full of family, love, and healing. If we are lucky, we also get a bit of down-to-earth romance. Her characters are layered and flawed; her settings beautiful and described with such detail that you actually feel like you are there. Christmas at the End of the World is another of Hewitt’s novels that is all of these things and more. Laurel’s sister Abby was once everything to her. After their mother passed away, Abby stepped up and was mother, sister, best friend, and primary caretaker. Then she was gone, leaving Laurel hurt and confused. When she gets the call that her sister needs her to take care of her nephew, she drops everything. When taking care of 14-year-old Zac proves to be tougher than she expected, Laurel decides to take him to the place she had the happiest memories and try to make the best Christmas possible. Of course, things don’t go as expected. Laurel has always dreamed of her perfect man, and Archie is not him, but he is what Laurel and Zac need. All of the characters in this novel have baggage that have prevented them from fully living their lives and watching them acknowledge it and try to move forward was heart-warming. This was a delightful Christmas story that will keep you entranced. A hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket would be the perfect accompaniments to this story. Curl up and enjoy! #KateHewitt #ChristmasattheEdgeoftheWorld #Tule #ReadzTule
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