She never wants Scotland to change.
He never wanted to be in Scotland at all.
A family curse, though, says otherwise.
Ainslie Campbell's life should be idyllic. She has a fulfilling career as a respected and well-loved veterinarian in her hometown., the adoration of three imperfect cats and a happy dog named after a TV star, and the gorgeous landscape of the Scottish Highlands to comfort her. She also has debt growing by the day, a house about to be sold from under her, and guardianship of her rebellious – and also pregnant – teenaged sister.
But there is a glimmer of hope: Catrione Kerr, her feisty godmother, invites Ainslie to move into Craigwarren, Catrione's family home, and one of Ainslie's favorite places. There's one catch. She'll have to temporarily share the house with an American businessman and Catrione's long-lost heir, Ewan Portman.
Ewan, like his father before him, has no desire to live in Scotland. Ever. He's already had to put his dream career on hold to sort out this unexpected and unwanted inheritance. Eager to get back to the States and his well-ordered life, he'd prefer to walk away from the old pile, despite the objections of his mesmerizingly beautiful Highland housemate.
Scotland, however, has its own plans, and soon ancient legends of a kelpie in Craigwarren's loch, a brownie sprite who lives in the barn, and a family curse only he can break, immerse Ewan in an unfamiliar, but enchanting world that leaves both his dreams and his heart vulnerable to Highland magic . . . and most especially Ainslie.
Except Ewan can't stay in Scotland forever, not with his future at stake. Nor can he fix all Craigwarren's problems, no matter how desperately he might want to.
Even Highland magic has limits to its power.
I don’t expect to have the opportunity to travel to Scotland myself, but this story is the next best thing - I traveled there through the eyes of Ewan, seeing the vibrant scenery and feeling a bit of the magical connection with the people and culture. And while I may feel a bit of affinity to Scotland because I have distant ancestors from there, I can’t think of another book that made it seem so tangible that I looked up from my iPad and expected to see rain pummeling down during the hiking scene. The flow of the budding relationship, the quick-witted dialog, the entire cast of characters blend to give this a wonderful, satisfying read!
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Enchanting and Delightful
I can’t think of a better way to pass the time than to be whisked away to Scotland, falling in love with its beauty, charm, and whimsy, while also falling in love with such wonderful characters! It’s never been part of Ewan’s plans to visit the place where his mother was from, but a surprise letter from a Scottish solicitor sends him there, upending his life an so many ways. He swore he’d never eat haggis or wear a kilt, and was a true cynic when it came to the myths and legends of Scotland, and her certainly didn’t expect to be enchanted be a high-spirited local girl—but watching him change his mind was so much fun! Ewan and Ainslie are a delightful couple—their banter, their teasing, and their passion lit up the pages of this wonderful book! A truly enchanting story in so many ways!