Maisie McLelland spent ten years building up McLelland Events in Glasgow and has just bought a holiday home in the relaxing small seaside town of Largs on the west coast of Scotland. She immediately befriends her elderly neighbour, the widow of a local fisherman.
When Elizabeth is in need of rescue, Maisie steps in to help. Elizabeth’s grateful son, teacher and lifeboatman, James, takes Maisie to dinner to show his appreciation. Maisie’s not looking for a relationship, and neither is James, as he’s still reeling from the loss of his son. They’re both surprised at the instant connection.
Over time, Maisie and James become friends and their closeness continues pulling them toward each other until emotion leads to intimacy. She agrees to help with the organisation of a Vilking Festival he is planning in the town.
But as Maisie approaches her 40th birthday, tragedy strikes a double blow, and she’s forced to make some important decisions about what she really wants from life.
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Midlife crisis or something else seems to have Maisie McLelland questioning her work-life balance. Her dream of buying a getaway cottage in a village is nixed when she buys a getaway apartment in Largs, Scotland instead. Escaping from Glasgow to the beach seems just what she needs and meeting James Paterson and his mother the first day she is there changes her life in more ways than one. Still, she wonders if life is passing her by and if so then what should she do about it? Is her events planning business too much or should she grow it more? Is having a family something she should reconsider? Does the success of her business outweigh the rather solitary life she lives? So many questions…what are the answers? The story is told in a way that you can see the beauty of Largs and feel with Maisie and James as well as other secondary characters in the book. It is told from Maisie’s viewpoint and provided the sweet romance of two people older than most found in typical romances. It is a feel good story with a HEA for Maisie and Jamie and if I have a quibble it would be that I felt at times that I was being told the story through Maisie’s thoughts rather than being swept up in the action. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to the author for the ARC – this is my honest review. 3-4 Stars