Love on the Rocks by Elsie McArthur

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Love on the Rocks

Escaping a difficult childhood, unhappy marriage and dead-end job, Rachel McIntyre has escaped to the tiny Hebridean island of Inniscreag in search of a new beginning.

Taking a job as the manager of the local distillery, she’s just settling into her new life when the elderly, eccentric owner dies, unexpectedly leaving her two hundred year old family legacy in Rachel’s inexperienced hands.

Can she keep the small, community business alive in the face of a takeover attempt from a major multinational corporation? And can she resist the charms of the flirtatious, attractive company lawyer who arrives on the island to persuade her to sell up?

Join Rachel and the quirky inhabitants of Inniscreag – along with a couple of unexpected arrivals – in this funny, heartwarming tale about love, loss and having the courage to start over.


Once I got into this book I was hooked 
Rachel has inherited a distillery on the small island of Inniscreag, near Skye in Scotland but there is drama ahead. A major chain drinks brand wants to buy the distillery and has sent their lawyer Duncan over to persuade her to sell but sparks fly between her and Duncan 
I liked Rachel as a character, she is strong, independent, totally happy and accepted into island life. She knows what she is good at and her passion and she is determined to fight to protect the distillery and protect the previous owners legacy. She also has the support of the community and they will help her no matter what
I will admit that I struggled to get into this book, it took me a while to warm to Rachel and throughout she would do things that annoyed me but once I got into it I was hooked, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next which! I would occasionally have liked to see things from Duncan’s view as I could only see him through Rachel when I think he had a much deeper story that I would have loved to know more about 
I also loved hearing about island life as it’s so different to mine and it made me want to visit the various islands even more. I love the sea and the descriptions were fabulous and showed how it can change throughout the year 
This book also reinforced that someone’s exterior may not be their personality and seeing below the front they portray can show some changes that you might actually like! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with lots of drama and a fabulous setting full of community spirit 
AM 🐾 x

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Elsie McArthur is an independent author of women’s fiction. After studying law at university, and then re-training as a primary school teacher, she now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, two kids, a couple of badly behaved dogs and a cat with a superiority complex. As well as continuing to work part time as a teacher, she is now indulging in her first love of writing. Her first book, ‘The Back Up Plan’, was released in January 2020. Her second novel, ‘Love, on the Rocks’ – a tale of love, loss and starting over, set on the remote Scottish island of Inniscreag – is due for release in Summer 2020.

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