Tuesday, October 12, 2021



Belle Albany is now thirty years old and she feels as if her life is the same day in and day out.  She wants to find true love, but is feeling like it will never happen for her.  She needs a little Christmas magic.  Then, while riding her bike, Belle crashes into Edina, an immediate friendship forms, and Belle decides to make this the best Christmas they have ever had.  Edina lives in an old Scottish castle and when Edina’s grandson, Jack arrives in the middle of a snow storm, Belle is surprised.  Jack is rude and bossy and Belle is sure he is going to ruin the planned festivities.  But as they see past their differences and begin to work together, they also find themselves falling for each other.  Is this certainly a Christmas to remember for all of them? 

I absolutely loved everything about this story.  The detailed description of the Scottish Village was so vivid, I felt as if I was actually walking through the snowy town.  I enjoyed this story so much, I couldn’t wait to get to the end.  The characters were so enjoyable and they worked well together.  This rapid page turn is a must read, I loved it! 

Thank you Donna Ashcroft for such a wonderful and enjoyable read.  This was an amazing and much needed escape to the Scottish Highlands.  This fantastic, heart-warming and exciting story, is a great festive holiday story.  It is a wonderful must read and I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Donna Ashcroft 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 11, 2021 
Pages: 289 
Buy on Amazon 

Welcome to the gorgeous little Scottish village of Christmas, where snow is falling, presents are being wrapped and the locals are writing their festive wish lists. Will this finally be the year that Belle’s dreams come true?

Thirty-year-old Belle Albany is feeling lonely this Christmas. Another whole year has passed and her life is… exactly the same as it was last December. She longs for true love and a little bit of winter magic – but she’s almost given up on finding it in the sleepy Scottish community where she lives…

When Belle crashes into elderly Edina on her cherry red bicycle, it’s not the meet-cute she’d been hoping for. But she immediately recognises the lost look in Edina’s watery-blue eyes and resolves to organise a Christmas to remember for them both – brimming with mince pies, mulled wine and lots of sparkle. Although Belle hadn’t counted on Edina’s home being a crumbling Scottish castle and she certainly hadn’t been expecting Edina’s handsome long-lost grandson Jack Hamilton-Kirk to turn up on the doorstep in the middle of a snow storm…

Jack is arrogant, rude and bossy and Belle is convinced he’s about to ruin the seasonal cheer she has worked hard to create. He’s basically the Grinch in human form, so why does her heart race every time they’re in the same room? They disagree on almost everything, from menu choices to music, and yet she starts to glimpse a softer side hidden behind Jack’s clipped words and brooding countenance.

As they hunt down costumes for the annual nativity show and save a donkey from a snowy disaster, Belle can’t ignore their growing attraction. But will a secret from Jack’s past come between them? Or will this finally be the year Belle falls in love?


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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