Kiley Dunbar comes to the blog with a story of finding hope and new horizons on the costal highlands small village of Port Willow Bay with
Summer at a Highland Coral Beach
Beatrice needed a getaway, perhaps not one fueled by three glasses of wine, a nine hour train journey and a Princess and the Pea styled 4 poster bed in the strange little village of Port Willow Bay. But she’s here, and not quite herself: prone to bursting into tears or turning a sharp tongue on anyone’s path she crosses. But she’s here and ‘stuck’ at least until Monday when the trains run again.
Atholl and his brother Eugene run the inn/pub, and Atholl has worked to bring “craft tourism” to the bay in the hopes of increasing tourism and bringing new life to the little town. For years, the population has dwindled, and the regular residents are far more male than female. While Beatrice thought she had enrolled in a Gaelic class, she discovers with the rather questionable help from Gene, that she is, in fact, there to learn willow weaving. Not happy with any of it, she’s determined NOT to stay, and not to get involved.
But this little town and it’s people – both residents and visitors are engaging, adding a bit of quirky to the mix, not to mention her own recognition of stuffing down her history and her words, all compounding her grief. From discovering stories of the residents’ lives and marriages (or dissolution of same) as well as her knack for organizing and bringing people together, a bit of good-natured meddling and some growth allow her to open up to Atholl, and get some much needed confidence, acceptance and perhaps even a way to move on from the loss of her child and her marriage. With good humor, plenty of scenery, a bit of confusion and several communications gone awry, the story is a wonderfully told and emotional escapist tale that brings plenty of smiles and happiness to all in the end.
Title: Summer at the Highland Coral Beach
Author: Kiley Dunbar
Series: Port Willow Bay #1
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Depression, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Hera Books
Published on: 27 March, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Escape to the Highland Coral Beach – where broken hearts can be healed
Beatrice Halliday needs a break from life. Booking a trip to the Highlands on a whim, Beatrice hopes learning Gaelic in a beautiful Scottish village might help her heal her grief after losing her baby, her husband and her much loved job in a space of months.
But Port Willow Bay isn’t exactly as the website promised. Instead of learning a new language, she’s booked in to learn the ancient skill of willow weaving, her hotel room is Princess and the Pea themed (with a stack of mattresses for her bed!) and worse still, her tutor is Atholl Fergusson, grumpy landlord of the hotel where Beatrice is staying – and she’s the only one doing the course.
But as Beatrice finds herself falling in love with Port Willow Bay and its people, and as she discovers the kind heart beneath Atholl’s stony exterior, can she really leave?
Escape to the beautiful Scottish Highlands with this utterly romantic, feelgood book; one visit to Port Willow Bay and you’ll want to come back!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.