If you follow Meghan Quinn on Instagram then you’ll likely have heard her talking about how writing this book was her “escape” during quarantine last year. While we’re technically not still in lockdown, reading this book was still a really great escape from everything going on. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a trip (real or fictional) to the Scottish Highlands? I certainly wouldn’t say no! This book follows Bonnie St. James and her best friend Dakota as they set off to a small town in the Scottish Highlands for 6 months after answering a Help Wanted ad for the local coffee shop. It’s a huge leap of faith but might be just the thing they both need to figure out what they want out of life. They quickly fall in love with the town of Corsekelly but Bonnie instantly butts heads with the local handyman, Rowan MacGregor. He’s grumpy and less than welcoming but the more time Bonnie spends with him, the more she sees another side of him – a side that she very much likes.
I always enjoy grumpy heroes and Rowan was no exception. He was never cruel or intentionally mean but he certainly didn’t make things easy on Bonnie, who was pretty much all sunshine and rainbows. Rowan may have been closed off but he was loyal and protective, which made it easy to fall for him. I loved when he and Bonnie would spar and I enjoyed seeing his walls crumble. His painful past will tug at your heartstrings for sure! This book was laugh-out-loud funny at times and brought tears to my eyes at others. As far as Meghan Quinn’s stories go, the inevitable angst toward the end was pretty light, but it fits with the story and I loved how everything turned out. If you’re ready to take a trip to the picturesque Scottish Highlands to meet a rugged Scot with a heart of gold, you won’t want to miss this book!