Book Review: ‘Under Scottish Stars’ (The MacDonald Family Trilogy) by Carla Laureano

About The Book:

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?

About Carla Laureano

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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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My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Faith was an easy thing to talk about but hard to hold on to. And even harder to regain once you let it slip through your fingers.’

I have been waiting for this book for FOUR long years! When I read the first book in Laureano’s ‘MacDonald Family Trilogy’, James’s story, I knew in my heart that Serena had a story to tell. Her character just pulled at my heart. Then I read ‘London Tides’, second in the series, and discovered that the author had changed publishers and the third book would be delayed. So I read the first book again and then the second again. I was so ready for this book and I was not disappointed.

Serena comes back to the island of Skye in Scotland to help out at her family’s hotel and pretty soon clashes with the manager, Malcolm. He is not exactly on Skye by choice, but is doing a wonderful job running the hotel. He doesn’t need Serena butting in telling him what to do. And she certainly doesn’t need him.

It felt so very good to just read the first sentence of this book, then settle down deep into it. Waiting so long for this book to be published just made me long for it more and the pleasure of it that more intense. Laureano is a wonderful writer, able to dig deep into her characters’ emotions and pull together a totally satisfying read that sticks with the reader long after the last word is read. I highly recommend this novel.

*My thanks to Tyndale House Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion expressed here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Length: 365 pages

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