Today’s team review is form Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.wordpress.com
Luccia has been reading Scotch On The Rocks by Lizzie Lamb
Scotch On The Rocks is the first book I’ve read by Lizzie Lamb, and it won’t be the last! I already have her two other books on my kindle, Tall, Dark and Kilted, and Boot Camp Bride.
Scotch on the Rocks is a contemporary romantic comedy set in a small, picturesque village in Scotland.
The author brings to life an unconventional cast of characters in the small local community, including a histrionic and egotistical opera singer, her best friend, fanciful Lindy, who calls herself Lola, a cheating ex-fiancé, as well as a foul-mouthed and cheeky parrot!
The plot thrusts the heroine, Issy, straight into the action. She’s upset because she’s just broken up with her fiancé, whom she was about to marry, and drives back home across a flooding causeway, to her eccentric aunt Esme’s home, transporting her father’s ashes. On her arrival at her aunt’s Bed and Breakfast, she meets the attractive and secretive, American, Brodie.
As the plot unfolds, Issy will gradually find out why Brodie is there and who her family really are. No-one is who they seem, and the secrets of the past, going back to the WWII, will be disclosed. Their lives will never be the same again.
I loved the sharp dialogue, which makes the characters come alive, the vivid descriptions, which made me feel part of the scenery, and the passion, which made me fall in love with all the lovers (young and older), and the island.
The setting was a real plus. The last time I visited Scotland was many years ago, and I can’t wait to go back and visit places like Cormorant Island and picturesque coastal locations. I enjoyed the local customs, dialect, food and drink. I’m so glad I read it over the Christmas holidays, because although it takes place in summer, it has a Christmassy feel to it. It’s definitely a novel to curl up with on a comfortable armchair by the fireplace!
Scotch on the Rocks is humorous yet tragic. It’s also surprising, exciting, heartwarming and romantic, too.
Finally, there’s a satisfactory ending and hopeful message: It’s never too late to follow your dreams, and by never, I mean that some characters are well over the age of retirement when they made their dreams come true!
I’d like to thank Lizzie for gifting me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review, and Rosie for organizing the team and making it possible for readers, writers and reviewers to connect.
Scotch On The Rocks has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel prize.