Sunday, October 11, 2020



Escape to the Scottish Highlands with this little gem. The Christmas festivities begin immediately in a small town that needs to be immersed in the Christmas spirit.  When Meg’s family arrives and is bound and determined to ruin her favorite time of the year, Meg is steadfast in not allowing them to succeed.  As Meg transforms her town into Christmas, Tom arrives and isn’t a fan of Christmas. Tom has secrets from his past, that he is trying to hide, but as small towns go, secrets are hard to keep. 

As the story progresses, Meg sprinkles Christmas magic not only on her family but also on Tom.  As the spirit of Christmas begins to soften hearts, relationships old and new start to flourish. Meg and her family are very relatable, which makes this story a joy to read. 

This sweet Christmas story is a must read for anyone that enjoys Christmas stories. I really enjoyed this book and I do recommend this story and this author.  I will definitely read more books from this author.



Rating: 4 out of 4.

Author:  Donna Ashcroft
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: October 9, 2020 
Pages: 264 
Buy on Amazon 

Snow is falling, fires are crackling merrily, and Lockton tradition has everyone hanging a promise they’re determined to keep this Christmas on the tree in the village square… 

Meg Scott has promised to make a success of her first solo Christmas. She runs a year-round Christmas shop in the little Scottish village, and is a fan of all things mulled, sparkly and festive. So when her warring family shows up on her doorstep, ready to spread discord and tension, Meg is determined not to let them ruin her favourite time of the year.

Meanwhile, Christmas-hating Tom Riley-Clark has been called to the Highlands to help his old friend at The Apple Cross Inn. He’s ready to work hard and has no time for mince pies, tinsel or hanging a promise on the tree: the thought of every day being Christmas is his worst nightmare, and you wouldn’t catch him dead buying a bauble. So everyone is surprised when Christmas-loving Meg and grinch Tom start to get cozy under the mistletoe.

But Tom has a big secret about his past, and in a small town like Lockton it’s hard to keep anything hidden for long. Will everything fall apart when Meg discovers who he really is? The pair are about to learn the hard way that some promises are impossible to keep…


I spent years working in publishing and as a freelance copywriter before turning my hand to writing romance novels. It took a few more years until I got the story right, and I was helped along by the help of the fantastic Romantic Novelists Association and their New Writer’s Scheme. I was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017, along with my fellow author Erin Green. After this I met Natasha Harding from Bookouture who offered to mentor me through the WoMentoring Project – and this lead to my first publishing contract. I’m working on my sixth book now. When I’m not lost in my latest novel, I work for an online retailer where I buy natural beauty and cleaning products (and indulge my other great passion – moisturiser). Originally from Buckinghamshire, I lived in Lancashire and London before settling in Hertfordshire. Here I live with my own romantic hero Chris, two fantastic teenagers, along with a couple of very grumpy cats.

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