Christmas at the Edge of the World
Genres: #Romance #HolidayRomance #ChristmasRomance
My Rating: 3.75
Cover: 5 (Cover is a very good depiction of the story)
Kindle: 165 pages
POV: Told in third person single perspective by heroine
Publication: November 4th 2019
Read: November 6th 2019
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When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt’s cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland… about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough?
From the moment they step onto the island’s shores, everything seems to go wrong… including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie’s suggestion of putting Zach to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world?
As you have read in the blurb, Laurel is asked by her estranged sister to take care of her fourteen year old nephew for a month. To say Laurel is shocked is an understatement. She has seen or heard from her sister only a handful of times over the past twenty years. So why now? This is one piece of the puzzle that you’ll find the answer to later in the book. Laurel’s nephew Zac is a stereotypical, moody teenaged boy. He is not thrilled when Laurel takes him to Scotland to celebrate the Christmas holidays at her aunt’s charming cottage. At least she remembered it being charming when she was eight years old; the last time she visited. Her time spent at this place is one of Laurel’s fondest childhood memories. But she hasn’t been back in over two decades and the place is not exactly how she remembered it. However, for her nephew, she is going to make the best of it. With a heaping amount of Christmas spirit and some help from a neighbor, Archie, the story progresses in that Archie is an important part of how things work out. I don’t want to say too much because this book is pretty short. The premise had great potential but unfortunately, the author only gave us Laurel’s perspective which I was greatly disappointed over. I believe that if I had Archie’s POV as well as Laurel’s, it would have gone a long way in bringing me greater enjoyment. Archie was a very strong part of this story. His complexity was more than enough that she should have had a voice as well. And while the ending was a happy one, it wasn’t satisfying. That said, I enjoyed the epilogue and was glad to see everyone together.
I would like to also mention that this author does a good job at painting her scenes. In my mind, I was able to experience the quaint cottage and small Scottish town. The book cover is realistic to the story and that is not always the case. So, while I didn’t entirely love this book, I liked it.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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