Sealed With A Kiss – Rachael Lucas

Along a similar vein to Pink Wellies And Flat Caps, our heroine gets dumped by her long term chap and heads off into rural obscurity to find herself, and tangles with the local landed gentry. The similarities end there though, as we are on a little Scottish island and Kate is immediately in her element with a cottage to herself and a project to throw herself into. Lord of the manor Roderick might drive a Land Rover and manage his own estate, but he’s down to earth and wants to modernise the place. He tasks Kate with renovating a couple of cottages and barns to rent out to tourists for income, and to improve the island’s economy. Incidentally, I realised the difference in reading something on kindle when I finished the book and only then had a good look at the cover- and caught the double meaning of the title! That could be sleep deprivation on my part though…

Kooks for your Kindle?– Roddy makes a good leading man, although the story is well balanced with the other locals making up a large portion of the story. Tom the gorgeous gamekeeper, and his wife Susan (AKA Lady Chatterley) are of Kate’s generation, while Roddy’s housekeeper Jean and Kate’s horsey neighbour Morag are older, but all are friendly and boozy enough to help Kate settle right in. Finn the Piper is another one of the bounty of hot men on the little island, and an irresistible distraction. The only bad guy (girl, in this case) is Fiona, Roddy’s scheming ex who comes back to have another bash at becoming lady muck despite being wildly unsuited to the job. Kate’s new puppy Willow and Flora the rescued seal make up the furry contingent.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Kate was refreshingly game for anything in her new life, and took it all in her stride. It was good to see her find her calling as a property fixer-upper (I expect someone can tell me the proper title for that job!) and marketing whiz. The decision to accept the end of her relationship and move on from her staid ex had the maturity of someone older combined with the impulsiveness of someone in their twenties, and it doesn’t get more final than moving away to another island!

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– This book probably does as much for Scottish tourism as Kate’s fictional exploits, it sounds lovely. Auchenmor is a rugged island with amazing wildlife such as seals and giant birds of prey. The quaint shops and wild beaches sound wonderful, if a bit nippy out of season.

Evaluation of your eBook?– The plot may sound almost familiar, but it’s not your typical formula- Finn was not the big hiccup I expected, he turned into quite the ally. There are some nicely created characters, even the ones Kate left behind in her home town- Her mum is a challenge and her friend Emma is especially likable. I found it a charming and original take on the tale of ‘girl moves to small community and meets lots of local eccentrics and hot men’ theme that I enjoy quite a bit. Definitely recommended for a warm and fuzzy read, and a good price too.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon currently has it for £2.05, although it was only 77p a few weeks ago, so click for the latest.

US: Amazon for $2.99, not found on Kobobooks.

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