I happened upon Kiley Dunbar and her debut last year, and after devouring the first one, I have awaited any other releases with great anticipation, and she's never failed to satisfy.
Hearing that the characters from One Summer Night, Dunbar's debut were getting another outing in One Winter's Night, made my summer.
I love Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon is a place we visited plenty when I was growing up, And though I've never been, Scotland and its. beauty has always enticed me.
One day I will visit.
And romance? Well, I love a bit of romance, so, having all these components in a book should be a guaranteed good read, for me, at least.
And it surely was!
Catching up with Kelsey Anderson, as the Scottish lass comes to grips with settling far south of her home town, in Shakespeare's land, attempting to set up a business fuelled by her passion for photography, with no good friends or family close by, and the love of her life off acting across the Atlantic was a joy.
And I loved the parallel story of Kelsey's best friend Mirren, the newly single, Scottish journalist who's finally had enough of the sexist world of broadsheet journalism, and finds herself swearing off men, jacking in her job, and jumping on a train to join her best friend, for a little while, as she straightens her life out.
There were a whole host of new characters introduced, including the old soak, propping up the local bar, who ended up being a rather famous actor in his prime, with a hidden secret, and Blythe.
Oh, I loved Blythe! Everyone needs a Blythe in their lives.
An eccentric elderly woman who was a force to be reckoned with in her prime, on stage, until life threw her some huge curveballs. Blythe may be a bit of a recluse, but she has amassed a veritable smorgasbord of memorabilia and hard-learned wisdom over the years, along with the talent of distilling her own extremely strong flavoured gins.
Kelsey's unusual, initial meeting with Blythe cements a multi-generational friendship that adds another layer to an already wonderful story.
So there's love, heartbreaks, more romance, Shakespeare, family angst, and GIN! What more could a reader want?
Absolutely a recommended read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
One Winter's Night: A gorgeously uplifting, romantic read that will warm your heart (Kelsey Anderson Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Kiley is Scottish and lives in England with her husband, two kids and Amos the Bedlington Terrier. She writes around her work at a University in the North of England where she lectures in English Literature and creative writing. She is proud to be a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and a graduate of their New Writers' Scheme. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Print Length : 283 pages
- ASIN : B08D3DG26R
- Publisher : Hera (16 September 2020)
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- Language: : English
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FANTASTIC!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020
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A gorgeous readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2020
This is a really lovely book for cosy Autumn evenings. I've read all of Kiley's previous books and this is my favourite so far. The setting is gorgeous (I live in Stratford Upon Avon and she paints it at its very best), with many evocative descriptions of the changing scenery and crisp weather. The story is an excellent mix of romance and literary mystery - the evolving relationship of Kelsey and Jonathan will be catnip for anyone who has read the prequel, One Summer's Night (while the background is helpful it's not essential to have read that first) - but it's Mirren's story that takes centre stage for a lot of the book and it's a cracker. The supporting characters are excellent and entertainingly drawn, as in all of Kiley's books - I especially loved the eccentric retired actress Blythe. Highly recommended.