ARC Review: Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft


Thirty-year-old Belle Albany is feeling lonely this Christmas. Another whole year has passed and her life is… exactly the same as it was last December. She longs for true love and a little bit of winter magic – but she’s almost given up on finding it in the sleepy Scottish community where she lives…

When Belle crashes into elderly Edina on her cherry red bicycle, it’s not the meet-cute she’d been hoping for. But she immediately recognises the lost look in Edina’s watery-blue eyes and resolves to organise a Christmas to remember for them both – brimming with mince pies, mulled wine and lots of sparkle. Although Belle hadn’t counted on Edina’s home being a crumbling Scottish castle and she certainly hadn’t been expecting Edina’s handsome long-lost grandson Jack Hamilton-Kirk to turn up on the doorstep in the middle of a snow storm…

Jack is arrogant, rude and bossy and Belle is convinced he’s about to ruin the seasonal cheer she has worked hard to create. He’s basically the Grinch in human form, so why does her heart race every time they’re in the same room? They disagree on almost everything, from menu choices to music, and yet she starts to glimpse a softer side hidden behind Jack’s clipped words and brooding countenance.

As they hunt down costumes for the annual nativity show and save a donkey from a snowy disaster, Belle can’t ignore their growing attraction. But will a secret from Jack’s past come between them? Or will this finally be the year Belle falls in love? 


Christmas in the Scottish Highlands is a quick and easy read which conjures up vivid images of cosy family Christmases and snowy picture-postcard scenes.  This delightful book is set in a quaint village in the beautiful Scottish Highlands which the author describes well, from the beautiful snowy landscape, to cosy evenings by fire.   The book explores friendships, family relationships and romance and takes a peek into the close-knit village life.  There are several budding romances which are really sweet and enjoyable to follow.  The main focus is on Jack and Belle, their interactions are endearing and they begin to bring the best out in each other.  Their romance is adorable with one or two deliciously heated moments sprinkled in.

This heartwarming read is brimming with lovely characters, community spirit and a cast of characters of all ages.  Belle is the star of the show with her huge heart and ability to be able to put everyone else first.  She is kind, caring and compassionate and brought joy and happiness to many people’s lives, but now wants a little happiness of her own. 

Christmas in the Scottish Highlands is an uplifting and cheerful book in which every character has their happy ending.  The perfect feel-good romance to get you in the Christmas spirit and to snuggle up with over the festive period.

Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date (UK):  11 October 2021
Format:  eARC/eBook
Page Count: 352
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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