Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.
But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.
City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor. But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought. There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …
My Rating: 4/5
My Review: I only recently read Jo Thomas last year I think and was looking forward to reading the second. Having now finished this book I realise it is highly likely I will be ensuring I read all her other older books. This really was a wonderful book to read and I absolutely loved it. Having spent over a month reading one crime author on a specific reading binge, I needed a change of genre and this was the perfect book to choose.
As soon as I started reading about Ruby I instantly loathed her boyfriend who seems to be constantly pushing her in her singing career. However, when she loses her voice her boyfriend once again pushes her to take some time off at a voice retreat. Instead she receives a phone call from a solicitor requesting she visit Winter Island. Her paternal Grandfather Hector who she has never met is in need of some assistance.
Reluctantly Ruby makes the journey to the remote island and soon she becomes embroiled into the Island way of life. It seems the old Gin Distillery her Grandfather ran is now derelict and Hector is in desperate need of help. Lachlan is a character that is also part of Hectors life and Ruby doesn’t quite know what to make of him
This was such an enjoyable read and it’s clear that the author did her research as the descriptions of the island and everything it embodies was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.