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Scotch on the Rocks: family secrets and second chance love in the highlands of Scotland (Highland Brides Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Realistic, authentic Scottish dialogue, convincing and laced with humour, and great characterisation, adds to the charm. The Scottish setting is beautifully described, the island's coast and scenery are easily imagined
- A cracking book that stays with you long after you have finished
- I like the way she weaves 'older characters' into the story; how love isn't just for the young
- Lots of romance, humour, quirky secondary characters and a mad parrot. I was kept engaged, right up to the last page
- A five star romance from a five star romantic novelist
From the Author
Fast forward to the present day and my latest novel. I love writing romances and I hope you will enjoy reading them. In my head I'm still that optimistic seven year old sitting on a cold doorstep with a notebook in her lap, furiously scribbling away, and I hope I never lose that.
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- File Size : 603 KB
- Print Length : 300 pages
- Publisher : New Romantics Press (July 6, 2015)
- Publication Date : July 6, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B010C0OECC
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #793,668 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So when I was skipping through all the hundreds of books on my kindle that I've downloaded over recent years, I knew my next read had to be Scotch on the Rocks. I love a good chick lit novel and I was not disappointed. Lizzie is such a great storyteller, filling her books with both humour and emotion. One of the things that I loved about this book though, was how she made the 'Scottishness' jump from every page. I actually found myself reading out loud at times just to pronounce the Scottish accents which she described so beautifully. It completely took me back to my holiday and made me desperate to return.
I must also mention Pershing – he was one of the best characters in the book lol. And I just adored his filthy one-liners. Absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend Scotch on the Rocks to any chick lit loving reader.
Ishabel had hit rock bottom with the passing of her father and the following betrayal of her fiancé. Returning to her roots and the aunt that had raised her. The visiting Amarican was not on her agenda.
Reinventing her life on the remote island, old secrets surfaced in a life-altering way.
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One guest, however, plans on staying, which does nothing for Issy’s erstwhile plans for peace and quiet and a shoulder to cry on. Gorgeous, sexy and American, Brodie unsettles Issy, not least of all because she suspects there’s more to his visit than Brodie’s letting on.
As always, Lizzie Lamb’s wonderfully distinctive, strong characters are well defined and fascinating with developed back stories which are revealed as the story progresses. The growing attraction between Issy and Brodie is fun and romantic, and the cast of secondary characters are just as enjoyable. Not forgetting to mention one of the best – Pershing the parrot, of course, who has a penchant for colourful and highly amusing remarks, delivered just at the relevant moments. I laughed at the prying group of pushy village busybodies and could just imagine how everyone’s business was talked about and dissected. Issy is in for a few shocks, she has no idea of the events about to unfold or the secrets to be uncovered.
Realistic, authentic Scottish dialogue, convincing and laced with humour, and great characterisation, adds to the charm. The Scottish setting is beautifully described, the island’s coast and scenery are easily imagined. I love that Lizzie Lamb always adds much more to her stories than just romance, this one incorporating humour and conflict. The mystery surrounding the now ruined Stuart’s Twa Burns whisky distillery is fascinating and the question of what on earth does Kentucky have to do with a distillery on a remote Scottish island. There’s a romance that almost never was, and more besides, making this a great read for those that like added extras to their romances.
As someone who lives part time in Scotland, I was drawn to this book by the setting, rather than the plot, but was delighted to find it an absolutely charming read, with wonderful atmosphere and great dialogue including portions of totally authentic Scottish dialect. There is humour (Pershing the parrot is hilarious), romance, more than one mystery to be solved, and the sort of outrageous characters that you really meet in this kind of small community.
About the only thing I found hard to swallow was how utterly too-good-to-be-true Brodie remained throughout the book. He was a saint, considering the sort of behaviour he was subjected to, and not just by Ishabel. Where can I find this paragon? I want him!
Highly recommended for lovers of Scotland and romance, with an intriguing touch of mystery.
Setting? The story takes place on the Scottish island of Eilean na Sgairbh, which is cut off from the mainland twice a day, and is reached by a causeway called The Narrows, so there is a fantastic setting.
Heroine? A sassy, independent, intelligent young woman called Ishabel Stuart, who has returned to the island after the death of her father - a man, it has to be said, who was not exactly easy to like. Issy returns to her Aunt Esme's home, hoping to find peace and quiet, and some sort of refuge, with the woman who has been like a mother to her, since her own mother, Isabella Tartaruga - a famous opera singer - more or less abandoned Issy in pursuit of her career. What Issy finds is that Esme is about to leave the island for one of her "missions" and she is leaving behind a paying guest. Issy isn't happy about having unexpected company. Not only does she have to organise the service for her father, but she has secretly broken off her engagement to her boss's son, Jack, and also quit her job. She intends to start afresh on the island, and having to care for a house guest isn't part of her plan.
Hero? The unwelcome house guest turns out to be Brodie, a tall, auburn-haired hunk of gorgeousness, all the way from America. Brodie is charming and friendly, and soon has the islanders eating out of his hand, not least the impressionable young Lindy, who helps Esme out at her guesthouse.
Secondary characters? Lots of them. Lindy channels various guises, refusing to accept that her future lays on the island. She is determined that one day, she will lead a more glamorous life. When Issy arrives home, Lindy is being Lola, who intends to head back to the USA with Brodie. There are plenty of other characters who add colour and cause amusement, too. Irene runs The Pickled Herring pub, and plenty of fun is to be had within those walls. Then there's Mary Tennant who is Lindy's long-suffering mother, running the post office with very little help from her flighty daughter. Best of all, there's Pershing the parrot, whose vocabulary is colourful, to say the least. Pershing seems to have a pretty good grasp of what's going on, and provides useful commentary and unvarnished opinions at every opportunity. He also causes some damage to Brodie, which leads to quite a revelation for Issy! Issy's parents are larger-than-life characters. Isabella, who was actually born in Scotland, has adopted the persona of the grand Italian opera singer, and is desperate to be the centre of attention wherever she goes. Then there's Issy's father, a successful businessman who became a lay preacher, strict and unforgiving, leaving his daughter not a single penny in his will - his shadow looms large over her life, long after he's gone.
Plot? Ah, full of twists and turns. Secrets and lies, heartache and loss, a mission and a hidden history. A mysterious tattoo. A ruined distillery, owned by the Stuarts, which once made the fabulous Twa Burns Whisky. A cruel deception and a big surprise. It's all there, and it unfolds beautifully through the narrative.
Romance? The best kind. It starts off with mistrust and doubt, sparks fly, passion ignites and then...Well, some romances are forever. There's nothing so romantic as a hero who vows never to hurt the heroine, never to leave her, and to love her forever. Especially when you just know he's speaking the truth. And I do love a hero in a kilt, not to mention that auburn hair. Sigh.
So you see, this would be a great film. For now, though, read the book and watch it all unfold in your mind's eye. Sometimes the imagination is even better than celluloid, after all, and Lizzie Lamb's assured writing is all you really need. Another winner. Can't wait for book four.