Title: The Christmas Castle in Scotland
Publisher: 31st October 2022 by HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter
Pages: 350 pages
Genre: Christmas, romance, women’s fiction
My Rating: 4.5 cups
Unwrap this gorgeous gift of a book for an escape to the snow-peaked caps of the Scottish Highlands and a romance that will melt your heart…
Izzy McBride had never in a million years expected to inherit an actual castle from her great uncle Bill but here she was, in the run up to Christmas, Monarch of her own Glen – a very rundown glen in need of a lot of TLC if her dream of turning it into a boutique bed and breakfast was to come true.
But when Izzy’s eccentric mother rents a room to enigmatic thriller author Ross Adair and the Scottish snow starts to settle like the frosting on a Christmas cake, it’s a race to get the castle ready before they’re all snowed in for the holidays.
‘They want a traditional Christmas in a Scottish castle with all the trimmings’
I have read and enjoyed some of Julie’s previous ‘Romantic Escapes’ (this one is #9) as they offer great escapism to some wonderful world locations. Each of these novels are stand-alones (although there are characters from previous novels that may make appearances) and I was excited to spend Christmas in Scotland with her latest offering.
‘Around her the trees were silent and still and she felt as if she were the only person around for miles. Izzy took in a deep breath. Much as she’d enjoyed living in Edinburgh, she loved this intense quietness and the sense of peace and being at one with the world.’
As I have come to expect from the previous ‘escapes’, Julie offers a story filled to the brim - this is certainly no one dimensional chick lit tale. Yes, there is the requisite romance but Julie always provides a cast of characters and locales that guarantee to add real depth to the story. On this occasion Julie takes us to Christmas in Scotland. With the exception of a few days shopping in Edinburgh, the bulk of the tale is set in the Highlands and she immerses you in all things Scottish - yes even haggis! What’s not to love? If you are a foodie you are sure to lick your lips with all the scrumptious food and baking on offer. I also enjoyed all the traditions and might even adopt a few myself. All up, who would not want to inherit, renovate and live in a Scottish castle (vicariously of course!) and have family and friends, love and laughter, wine and whiskey? Maybe even a little Jamie Fraser 🤣 …
‘Secretly, she’d had more than her fair share of hot fantasies about Jamie Fraser from Outlander’
The Christmas Castle in Scotland is the perfect recipe for light escapism. I like how Julie’s heroines tend to be at the crossroads of both career and love life, attempting to be bold enough to take strong steps to live their best. So, wait no more ... grab a wee dram and snuggle up in your favourite reading spot to spend a few hours up in the Scottish Highlands with this comfort read. If you are looking for the ultimate Christmas experience be sure to grab Julie’s latest romantic escape book.
‘It’s a super tree and it’s the heart of our Christmas castle. May all who stay here be merry and bright, enjoying health and happiness for the whole of the festive season.’
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.