Escaping a difficult childhood, unhappy marriage and dead-end job, Rachel McIntyre has escaped to the tiny Hebridean island of Inniscreag in search of a new beginning.
Taking a job as the manager of the local distillery, she’s just settling into her new life when the elderly, eccentric owner dies, unexpectedly leaving her two hundred year old family legacy in Rachel’s inexperienced hands.
Can she keep the small, community business alive in the face of a takeover attempt from a major multinational corporation? And can she resist the charms of the flirtatious, attractive company lawyer who arrives on the island to persuade her to sell up?
Join Rachel and the quirky inhabitants of Inniscreag – along with a couple of unexpected arrivals – in this funny, heartwarming tale about love, loss and having the courage to start over.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Inniscreag may be a fictional Hebridean Isle and community, but it is both believable and engaging and provides the perfect setting for this story of community, friendship love and loss. It follows Rachel’s attempts to save the local distillery from the corporate world whilst coping with her attraction to the company lawyer Duncan. There’s family drama, secrets, and conflict over the estate of Edith, the distillery’s former owner.
This is an emotional story full of angst. Rachel battles with the emotions caused by her childhood and marriage. The story is both claustrophobic and heartwarming accurately reflecting the insular, but comforting nature of this remote community. All the characters have a story, and they draw the reader into their community, making you care what happens to them.
Elsie McArthur is an independent author of women’s fiction. After studying law at university, and then re-training as a primary school teacher, she now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, two kids, a couple of badly behaved dogs and a cat with a superiority complex. As well as continuing to work part time as a teacher, she is now indulging in her first love of writing. Her first book, ‘The Back Up Plan’, was released in January 2020. Her second novel, ‘Love, on the Rocks’ – a tale of love, loss and starting over, set on the remote Scottish island of Inniscreag – is due for release in Summer 2020.