The official blurb
A gorgeously uplifting, romantic read that will warm your heart – take a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where magic happens…
It’s autumn in beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon and Kelsey Anderson is enjoying her new life in her adopted town. Her Shakespearean tour guide days behind her, she’s now opened her own photography studio and loved up with boyfriend Jonathan – even if a long-distance relationship is sometimes lonely.
When best friend Mirren Imrie moves down from Scotland, Kelsey is delighted to have her friend at her side – and as the nights turn colder, Mirren throws herself into dating, until she finds herself growing closer to sexy journalist, Adrian Armadale. But when Mirren uncovers a long-buried scandal while working at the local newspaper, her big scoop might throw Kelsey’s – and Jonathan’s – life upside down. Will she choose her career over her friends’ happiness?
And when Jonathan returns from America and discovers the secrets Mirren has uncovered about his family, it throws his relationship with Kelsey onto shaky ground. Can they find their way back to love, before it becomes the winter of their discontent?
A romantic, funny and feelgood read that will make you smile from ear to ear. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will fall in love with this cosy winter read!
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I read this book as a stand-alone issue; not having read the previous instalment was not an issue as there were no aspects that were left unexplained.
The story revolves around Kelsey Anderson and Mirren Imrie, best friends from Scotland who tell each other everything. Kelsey is now living in Stratford upon Avon, excited about the prospect of her long-distance boyfriend moving to be with her. She just needs to get through the winter. Mirren’s world is gradually falling apart since she ended things with her boyfriend and moved back in with her mother. When Mirren’s position as a journalist with an Edinburgh broadsheet is compromised, she flees to the home of the Bard and moves in with Kelsey.
The characters in this delightful book are all quite wonderful. In particular, I loved Kelsey’s glorious neighbour, Blythe Goode. She was, in my mind, a composite of some of the old-time acting characters and I would love to meet her.
This book really set the tone as my TBR pile moves into a celebration of all things Christmas. Whilst this is not strictly a Christmas book, it takes place over the magical winter months where romance is the order of the day.
Mirren’s story, and her attraction to journalist Adrian Armadale, is the source of the action and comedy in this tale that William Shakespeare would probably have been proud of.
Kiley Dunbar is certainly taking her well earned place in my favourite writers’ chart and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
Hi, I’m Kiley Dunbar, author of heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.
If you’re looking for travel adventures, swoony heroes, and dreamy escapism that will let you forget the world just for a wee while then I’m your author.
Take your pick from my first three novels:
Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), the first in the Port Willow Bay Series, takes you on an impromptu crafting holiday in the Scottish Highlands and reminds us that after the storm comes the rainbow. Crafts, ceilidhs, coral bays and gentle recovery. (Part two coming September 2021 – both parts can be read alone)
Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) will fly you to snowy, remote Finnish Lapland over Christmas where Sylvie Magnussen is getting a second chance at love with an old flame – sexy Stellan Virtanen – the one who got away – well, he ran away actually, and Sylvie never understood why. Hot kisses in a cold climate, Northern lights and a stunning resort setting. (Standalone novel)
One Summer’s Night (2019) whisks you away on a working staycation in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon during a sultry heatwave summer. Kelsey Anderson, Shakespeare nerd and aspiring photographer, navigates her new life in a new town. A starting over story, handsome actors, backstage passes, and a whole lot of drama in the Heart of England. (Sequel coming September 2020 – both parts can be read alone)
And if you’ve enjoyed one of my books I’d be thrilled if you left a review! Thanks a million, Love, Kiley, x
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