Witty and charming, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss is a Christmas story to savour. There is so much to love about this book. It’s set in Scotland, and who doesn’t love the idea of a snowy Scottish winter? Then there are Brody and Elspeth — I love those names — who are both in their own ways utterly endearing. Elspeth is the mouse of her family, tiny and quiet, yet clearly no fool. She’s worshipped Brody from afar since she was fifteen and as the story opens she is telling herself it is time to grow up, accept that he is not for her and move on with her life. Brody, meanwhile, has spent years living the life of a rake but has recently begun to feel his life is empty. For the first time in years he notices Elspeth and realises that she’s more than a timid little wren, she’s beautiful. With Brody’s friends, Elspeth’s cousins and brother, all knowing just what a rake he is and with Elspeth having chosen to give up on her unrequited love, this story has plenty of opportunity for fierce words, plenty of banter and a host of interesting situations for both Elspeth and Brody to find themselves in as each begins to realise that what they feel for the other is the real thing. I simply adored this story. It’s everything you could possibly wish for in an escapist romance and one I will thoroughly enjoy rereading. Congratulations to author Anna Campbell on having written a truly sterling novel.
This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it more than the first. It was a light hearted Christmas read with a little suspense in the middle. There were many characters from the first book and some surprises. A nice short Christmas read, perfect for this time of the year.