Christmas at the Edge of the World

Christmas at the Edge of the World

by Kate Hewitt

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When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn't hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn't prepared for teenaged Zac's sullen moods or silent rage. When he's expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt's cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland... about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough?

From the moment they step onto the island's shores, everything seems to go wrong... including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie's suggestion of putting Zach to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160728384
Publisher: Tule Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 11/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,252
File size: 534 KB

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Christmas at the Edge of the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
CCholger 7 days ago
4.5 stars This is a short and sweet Christmas read. I was gutted by not just Laurel and Archie, but also Zac. I wanted every one of them to feel happy, secure, and loved. I wanted them to all know they are perfect just the way they are. Since this is a short story, I feel it’s best to keep my comments to a minimum. I’ll just say that I felt the woe that turned into anticipation. I felt the heartache and the yearning. This author did a phenomenal job of investing me in all aspects of this story as well as evoking all of these emotions. There is a scene at a community event between Archie and Laurel that just gutted me. I cannot adequately express how much I absolutely love Archie. This book is the perfect heart-warming story for the holiday season. Since it’s published in the beginning of November, you have time to buy yourself a copy and pass it along to friends before the holidays are here. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**
KerryACroucier 7 days ago
Kate Hewitt writes wonderful stories. They are full of family, love, and healing. If we are lucky, we also get a bit of down-to-earth romance. Her characters are layered and flawed; her settings beautiful and described with such detail that you actually feel like you are there. Christmas at the End of the World is another of Hewitt’s novels that is all of these things and more. Laurel’s sister Abby was once everything to her. After their mother passed away, Abby stepped up and was mother, sister, best friend, and primary caretaker. Then she was gone, leaving Laurel hurt and confused. When she gets the call that her sister needs her to take care of her nephew, she drops everything. When taking care of 14-year-old Zac proves to be tougher than she expected, Laurel decides to take him to the place she had the happiest memories and try to make the best Christmas possible. Of course, things don’t go as expected. Laurel has always dreamed of her perfect man, and Archie is not him, but he is what Laurel and Zac need. All of the characters in this novel have baggage that have prevented them from fully living their lives and watching them acknowledge it and try to move forward was heart-warming. This was a delightful Christmas story that will keep you entranced. A hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket would be the perfect accompaniments to this story. Curl up and enjoy! #KateHewitt #ChristmasattheEdgeoftheWorld #Tule #ReadzTule
pwall55 7 days ago
I have read many books written by Kate Hewitt, some contemporary romance and some more along the line of women’s fiction, I can say that I enjoyed them all. However, Edge of the World is by far my very favorite. I have put some thought into why? Of course, the fact that most of the story takes place on the Orkney Islands probably has something to do with it. Several years ago I was able to make my way across the ocean to visit Scotland including those islands. What a perfect and unique place for this story. That can’t be the main reason though, since no place can save a poorly written story or unlikable characters. Good thing this is well-written with endearing characters. I did love these characters, even Abby, who with my mind make up I had decided to dislike. That was until I met her, then I had great sympathy for her. I understood Laurel so well, one who doesn’t make waves, wants to be liked. Then Zach is just struggling. I could see him like so many teenagers who could go in either direction as they grew older so strong guidance and wisdom is needed. I also loved how the story unfolded, with the slow build of the relationship between Laurel and her nephew as well as the one with Archie. Speaking of Archie, he is certainly an interesting character for the Scottish hero of the book. No Colin Firth, but I dare say even better because he sounded so real, so much like the working men in my life. The reader only sees him through Laurel’s eyes but I like to think that there is so much more depth and intelligence than she ever gave him credit for having. His words were kind, but also full of wisdom from one who has had a few bad knocks himself but never became bitter. He sounds pretty wonderful to me. So a great place, great story telling and a great man to fall in love with for Laurel and the reader too. I can only hope that there will be more in this series; Abby’s story, Tom West’s story and Zach’s all grown up story? An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Deb_from_Oz 7 days ago
This is a deeply emotional love story that will draw you in and make you believe that anything is possible Laurel's Christmas plans take a huge turn when she is advised that her estranged sister has checked into rehab and she needs to look after her nephew Zac. He is one rebellious teenager and is kicked out of school so she decides to take him to Orkney to stay at her aunts old cottage a place she has fond childhood memories of. What happens when you put a rebellious city teenager on a s mall island He actually bonds with the neighbour a dour sheep farmer named Archie MacDougall after he rescues him from an incident at the pub but even more alarming is the connection between Archie and Laurel a connection that has no future with him in the Orkney's and her returning to London. Can they find a way to be together you will have to read to see
DebraMenard155 7 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this book,it really hit home for me personally.Cupcakes for Christmas was the last book I read from this talented author ,I plan on reading Now and then friends next . I highly recommend her books.
DJTP 7 days ago
Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt. A heart-warming story of coming together, family, old places and possible romance. Enjoyable setting, great dialogue and characters. A great holiday story.
Emma 7 days ago
Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt’s cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland… about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough? From the moment they step onto the island’s shores, everything seems to go wrong… including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie’s suggestion of putting Zach to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world? This Laurel West and Archie MacDougall's story. This Laurel West,Abby and Zac's story. “I’m sorry. We do try to be as understanding as possible in these types of situations, but I am afraid in this instance Zachary’s behaviour is completely unacceptable.” The headmaster’s face was drawn into stern lines of displeasure tempered by very little sympathy. “I have no choice but to exclude Zachary permanently from the school.” Laurel’s stomach plunged unpleasantly at this news even as she wondered how to react to it. She wasn’t sure whether she should nod in agreement or tell the man what he could do with his so-called understanding. She did neither, re-crossing her legs as she shot her nephew an uncertain, questioning look. Shouldn’t he be contributing to this awful, awkward conversation? He hadn’t said a word since she’d been summoned to the prestigious St. Luke’s School for Boys fifteen minutes ago, after being told the situation was both urgent and serious. Laurel had a lot of both urgent and serious in the last ten days, enough to last her a lifetime, and yet here was more. Then a low voice, with the thickest Scottish burr Laurel had ever heard, growled at them. “Put your hands up in the air, ye choring skellums.” “This is my aunt’s cottage. And can you please lower that gun before someone gets shot?” “You must be her neighbour.” Laurel searched her memory for the man’s name, and thankfully came up with it. “Archie… MacDougall.” “Aye.” Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt is a 4 star book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Kate's Books with Tule: A Yorkshire Christmas Christmas Around the World Falling for Christmas Falling for the Freemans Falling Hard Falling for the Freemans A Cotswold Christmas Willoughby Close A Cotswold Christmas Willoughby Close Find Me at Willoughby Close Willoughby Close Kiss Me at Willoughby Close Willoughby Close Marry Me at Willoughby Close Willoughby Close A Vicarage Christmas The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite A Vicarage Reunion The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite A Vicarage Wedding The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Cupcakes for Christmas Willoughb
kenoqueen15 7 days ago
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This one caught me up right away. I so wanted to watch the relationship of Zac with his aunt, little further in I was watching the relationship between Archie and Zac develop, I wasn’t expecting to be watching for a relationship between Lauren and Archie, it took me by surprise. The writing in this book was so great and kept me turning the pages.
CatmomJD 7 days ago
A story full of Christmas miracles. Laurel’s Christmas plans got turned upside down when she was informed that her estranged sister was in rehab and Laurel was needed go to London to look after her teenage nephew, Zac. Zac was soon kicked out of school and Laurel decided a change of scenery might do them good. They went to Orkney, Scotland, to Laurel’s aunt’s cottage that held so many memories from her childhood. Laurel wanted Zac to experience his first Christmas in a special place. What happened next was a dramatic change in both of their lives by the hands of Laurel’s aunt’s neighbor, Archie. Zac started coming out of his shell and Laurel started having feelings for Archie. But Laurel knew they couldn’t have a relationship because they lived so far apart. Another Christmas miracle soon takes place, and this one will change all of their lives forever. This book was a real treat to read. There was so much emotion in the story. I enjoyed the Scottish setting at Christmas time and the characters. There were so many surprises in the book that I just didn’t expect. All around, it was a wonderful Christmas escape.
CJ37 7 days ago
Laura is in shock when she gets the call to take care of her teenage nephew since she hasn't heard from her sister in years. Not knowing what to do after several attempts to connect and break the ice with her nephew she takes him to Orkney Island. A place she went as a child with her family before her mom died and had happy memories of. Though it wasn't as easy as it seemed or the cottage exactly as she remembered. Laura was determined to make a happy Christmas for Zac. Never expecting to meet Archie her aunt's neighbor who raised sheep. For me the blossoming romance between them seemed awkward. I had a hard time seeing them connecting or drawn to each other even when they kissed. Possibly because the story didn't really expand on it or maybe Archie's more of a backward type character than what I thought. A light romance Christmas read. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from Tule Publishing
SherriBabb 8 days ago
What a very enjoyable Christmas read. I found this Christmas story to be a heartwarming tale with a little bit of Christmas magic thrown in. From the moment I started reading this story it pulled at my heart strings. I loved all the characters and the story line was packed full. I could not put this one down. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Laurel is looking after her 14 year old nephew Zac after her sister Abby checks herself into rehab. Abby and Laurel have seen each other since Abby left home to go to university when she was 18 years old, now over 20 years later Laurel is stuck with an anti-social monosyllabic teenager who has just been expelled from his very expensive private school. Ever the optimist, Laurel decides to take Zac to Orkney, a place she remembers spending several idyllic summers before her mother died. She hopes that her great aunt's cottage will somehow get through to Zac where she has failed. But Orkney in Summer is very different to Orkney a week before Christmas. Her aunt's cottage isn't what she remembers, the stove won't work and there's an eccentric farmer waving a shotgun! This is a lovely feel-good holiday romance, not too sweet with plenty of whisky to warm the insides. Recommended for those who like Hallmark Christmas movies, grumpy farmers with a heart of gold and wrenching teenagers away from their digital devices! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Tule in return for an honest review.