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Monday, January 30, 2017

5/5 Review: It Happened in Scotland by Patience Griffin






Christmas in the sleepy Scottish fishing village of Gandiegow this year is a time for quilting, patching up broken hearts, and rekindling an old flame... 
After pulling herself out of a three-year fog of grief over the loss of her husband, Joe, Rachel is bringing their five-year-old daughter to see his hometown of Gandiegow and visit with his grandfather. But Rachel wasn’t planning on running into Joe’s cousin, the man who made her have second thoughts at the altar...

Brodie has come home to help his grandfather’s fishing business, but he’d prefer not to see Rachel. Although she did break his heart six years ago, the grip she has on him hasn’t faltered. If they can stop butting heads long enough and learn to overcome the past, they may find new love in the new year...

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It Happened in Scotland was a very fast read for me, but that was simply because I couldn’t put it down! I will definitely be rereading this one. Her descriptions of Scotland and Gandigow, though fictional, make me feel as if I am right there, and I really want to go visit there now.  I haven’t read the other books in the series but will be going back to purchase those also. Patience Griffin has a unique way of writing that makes you feel as if you really do know the characters, with all of their imperfections, yet lovable personalities. You find yourself inside the story, as if you are a character also. That is my favorite kind of book.
 
Rachel, an American widow, takes her daughter to Scotland to visit her deceased husband’s family. Rachel once had feelings for her husband’s cousin, and surprise, they are still there.  She is reluctant to go because she knows the village believes she ‘stole’ one of their own. Rachel and Brodie, the cousin, spend the book trying to heal broken bonds and hearts, will they work at in the end? I leave you to read for yourself.