A fun hop to scenic Scotland for the price of a paperback.

IT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND

In a quaint Scottish village by the sea, a young American widow gets a second chance at love.

Rachel Granger hasn’t been back to the village of Gandiegow since she buried her husband three years ago. Now she's returning with her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, at the request of Hannah’s grandfather Abraham Clacher. Rachel wants to get in and out of Gandiegow as quickly as possible, especially when she sees that her late husband Joe’s cousin Brodie has returned home to take over Abraham’s fishing business. She broke Brodie’s heart six years earlier, when, hours before her wedding, she confessed her love to him and made him think she would call things off with Joe and marry him instead. As expected, their reunion is rocky, with Brodie full of bitter mistrust and Rachel unsure of how to tell him what a mistake her marriage to Joe was. In the meantime, Rachel’s skills as a quilter are called upon at the Kilts and Quilts retreat being held nearby, and Hannah is enjoying practicing her Scottish brogue and winning her grandfather’s heart. The more time Rachel spends in Gandiegow, the harder it is to leave, and even Brodie’s steely determination to resist Rachel begins to wither. This is the sixth installment in Griffin’s Kilts and Quilts series (The Trouble with Scotland, 2016, etc.), capturing the cozy charm of a snow-covered village overlooking the North Sea. Much of the action takes place over Christmas, which would have made this a perfect book to curl up with over the holidays except for its January release date. Griffin relies heavily on dialogue to tell the story, which can become tiresome. Many villagers enter the storyline, sometimes making it stray too far from the evocative setting and the two main characters.

A fun hop to scenic Scotland for the price of a paperback.

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-451-47640-1

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Signet Eclipse/NAL

Review Posted Online: Dec. 7, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover (Losing Hope, 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson. 

Hoover is a master at writing scenes from dual perspectives. While music student Sydney is watching her neighbor Ridge play guitar on his balcony across the courtyard, Ridge is watching Sydney’s boyfriend, Hunter, secretly make out with her best friend on her balcony. The two begin a songwriting partnership that grows into something more once Sydney dumps Hunter and decides to crash with Ridge and his two roommates while she gets back on her feet. She finds out after the fact that Ridge already has a long-distance girlfriend, Maggie—and that he's deaf. Ridge’s deafness doesn’t impede their relationship or their music. In fact, it creates opportunities for sexy nonverbal communication and witty text messages: Ridge tenderly washes off a message he wrote on Sydney’s hand in ink, and when Sydney adds a few too many e’s to the word “squee” in her text, Ridge replies, “If those letters really make up a sound, I am so, so glad I can’t hear it.” While they fight their mutual attraction, their hope that “maybe someday” they can be together playfully comes out in their music. Peterson’s eight original songs flesh out Sydney’s lyrics with a good mix of moody musical styles: “Living a Lie” has the drama of a Coldplay piano ballad, while the chorus of “Maybe Someday” marches to the rhythm of the Lumineers. But Ridge’s lingering feelings for Maggie cause heartache for all three of them. Independent Maggie never complains about Ridge’s friendship with Sydney, and it's hard to even want Ridge to leave Maggie when she reveals her devastating secret. But Ridge can’t hide his feelings for Sydney long—and they face their dilemma with refreshing emotional honesty. 

Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension.

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4767-5316-4

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2014

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