About Under Scottish Stars

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Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, it’s a chance to dust off her long-ignored business skills and make a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake, turns out to be irritating, condescending . . . and incredibly attractive.

Malcolm Blake gave up everything—his home, his girlfriend, and his career—to return to Skye and raise his late sister’s teenage daughter. With few job opportunities available on the island, he signs on as the manager of the MacDonald family hotel, which he’s soon running successfully without interference from the owners. That is, until Serena shows up, challenging his authority and his conviction that there’s nothing missing from his new life on Skye.

Before long, Serena and Malcolm have to admit the spark between them is more than mere irritation. But as single parents, there’s more on the line than their own hearts. Will their commitment to family be the thing that draws them together or the only thing that could keep them apart?

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My Review

I binge-read the first two books in this series earlier in 2020 (and loved them)–so you can imagine I was dying to find out how it would conclude. Waiting for ‘Under Scottish Stars’ to release was such a hard wait — and then it appeared on NetGalley! Yussss!!

Honestly, starting ‘Under Scottish Stars’ felt like coming home. Familiar characters from the first two books (so yes, totes read them in order), paired with a beautiful Scottish setting, absolutely made for a delightful read. It was well worth the anticipation, and indeed may even be my favorite book of the series.

Main character Serena noted that while her brother James got the cooking genes, she got the baking ones. Every dish mentioned sounded delicious (I’m ready for a mini cookbook to come out with referenced dishes! MacDonald Family Cookbook, anyone?!); surely they. need a taste tester, right? In person and on site?

While I’ve been to Scotland several times, reading this series — and ‘Under Scottish Stars’ in particular — thoroughly makes me want to not only visit Skye, but also move it up my ever-growing list of places to go.

A definite winner of a book.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

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