Title: It Happened in Scotland (Kilts and Quilts #6)
Christmas in the sleepy Scottish fishing village of Gandiegow this year is a time for quilting, patching up broken hearts, and rekindling an old flame...
After pulling herself out of a three-year fog of grief over the loss of her husband, Joe, Rachel is bringing their five-year-old daughter to see his hometown of Gandiegow and visit with his grandfather. But Rachel wasn’t planning on running into Joe’s cousin, the man who made her have second thoughts at the altar...
Brodie has come home to help his grandfather’s fishing business, but he’d prefer not to see Rachel. Although she did break his heart six years ago, the grip she has on him hasn’t faltered. If they can stop butting heads long enough and learn to overcome the past, they may find new love in the new year...
Author: Patience Griffin
Series: Kilts and Quilts #6
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: January 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Theme
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Being my first Patience Griffin book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m not a quilter, and sometimes quilt-themed stories can get so into the weeds of the quilting process that my eyes glaze and I lose interest quickly.
That did not happen here.
Quilting wasn’t the central theme, but I did appreciate how it tied in seamlessly with the story elements. I wasn’t worried about the various terms used in quilting, or the types of fabric, or any of the myriad things that quilters love to talk about. Instead, I was presented with a lovely story of two souls who were meant to be together.
Rachel is a widow, returning to Scotland so her daughter can visit her father’s family. It’s actually quite brave of her, as the last time Rachel was in Scotland, the town didn’t give her a very warm reception. Rachel ends up falling in love with Gandiegow, and its residents fall in love with her and her daughter. But she also harbors a secret: She was in love with another man when she wed her husband. She understands she should’ve called off the wedding, but backing out was socially unacceptable to her mother, so, caving to pressure, she went through with it. And therein lies the problem – no one knows her marriage was a sham, for many different reasons.
Brodie is a surly, moody Scot. Griffin really gave him a chip on his shoulder, and he stubbornly carried it throughout the novel. He was obtuse and ridiculous, but he ADMITTED he was obtuse and ridiculous, and he also recognized that he should let his anger go…but he’s simply unable. And that’s the true mark of stubbornness, in my opinion. He works hard to change himself, but it’s slow going, and his redemption is worth the wait.