Wednesday, January 25, 2023



The Cottage by the Loch by Kennedy Kerr was a fantastic story that I enjoyed very much.  Zelda Hicks has recently lost her mother and she doesn’t know much about her father.  What she does know is that he is living in Scotland.  Zelda has a trip for work approaching and it happens to be in the little village of Loch Cameron.  The timing is perfect and it gives her an opportunity to get away, have a change of scenery and see if she can find out anything about her father.  While strolling through the Loch she comes across an dilapidated cottage.  She meets Gretchen Ross and the owner of the cottage.  They quickly become friends and Zelda vows to help Gretchen save her cottage.  While cleaning out an antique wardrobe at Gretchen's cottage, Zelda finds a stack of old letters, and that discovery gives her the idea to uncover her own family history.  

I immediately fell in love with Loch Cameron as soon as Zelda arrived.  The vivid description of the quaint village had me hooked from the very beginning.  The friendship that developed between Gretchen and Zelda was heart-warming and completely delightful.  This story was a rapid read and a wonderful escape that I found to be inspiring and uplifting.  Thank you Kennedy Kerr story that swept me away, and made me feel as if I was walking among the Scottish Highlands.  I loved this story and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 
Author:  Kennedy Kerr
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 24, 2023
Pages: 321 
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The cottage stood alone on a rocky outcropping at the edge of the loch. Standing in the garden amongst the wildflowers, she felt the weight of the tattered envelope in her hands. Maybe there was something keeping her here in Scotland, a secret waiting to be uncovered…

New Yorker Zelda Hicks has just lost her mother, and the only thing she knows about her father is that he was from Scotland. So a work trip to the Scottish village of Loch Cameron couldn’t be better timed. Maybe a break in the beautiful rolling hills of heather will help her reconnect with her roots and recover from her grief.

Then, on a walk around the loch one bright morning, she comes across a tiny, tumbledown cottage, nestled on the edge of the forest. The elderly owner, Gretchen Ross, invites her in for buttery shortbread, and after learning that Gretchen might lose the cottage that has been in her family forever, Zelda vows to help her. She didn’t bargain on butting heads with the handsome, blue-eyed laird Hal Cameron in the process. Zelda can’t seem to forget Hal’s shy smile and she soon learns they might have more in common than she first thought.

But when Zelda discovers a bundle of old letters hidden in the back of an antique wardrobe at the cottage, they lead her back to the mysterious Hal. Pushing Zelda to examine her own family history, the letters reveal a secret that the community has kept hidden for over a generation. Hal says he wants to help Zelda, but just as she begins to open up, she learns he isn’t being entirely honest either… Can Zelda trust him, and finally come to terms with her own past, or will uncovering this secret force her to leave Loch Cameron for good?


Kennedy Kerr is a British fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle’s nap schedule one day.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it. Her favourite foods include (but are not limited to) Indian food, Victoria sponge, breakfast pastries with coffee and sushi. The only thing she’s not particularly keen on is artichoke, and she’d eat it, anyway.

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