Saturday, September 30, 2023



It’s been three years since Holliday Harrison lost her fiancĂ©.  She is working at Christmas Resort, and is jumping head first into the holiday season.  Her plan is to sail through the holidays making sure she stays extremely busy.  When Damon MacAndrew arrives at the resort he stays in one of the log cabins.  He is business minded and has a hidden agenda, he wants to buy the resort and make some serious changes to it.  Holly loves the Christmas Resort just the way it is, with its year round festivities, the last thing she wants is change.  So she must do everything possible and derail Damon’s efforts to purchase the resort.  The more time they spend together on sleigh rides, drinking hot cocoa and long walks in the snow, the closer they become.  All the while the magic of Christmas is wafting in the cold winter air, Damon’s heart begins to melt, as he enjoys the spirit of Christmas.  

Christmas Secrets in the Scottish Highlands written by author Donna Ashcroft, is a magical Christmas read that will launch you into the Christmas spirit.   The wonderful detailed descriptions of the Christmas Resort and the sweet smells from the kitchen makes you feel like you are sitting by the fire in the resort’s living room.  I was ready to go for a walk in the snow and pour a cup of hot cocoa.  The twinkle lights are hung and the tree is standing tall with all its decorations.  This wonderful escape to the Scottish Highlands at my favorite time of year was exactly what I needed.  This lovely Christmas story is a must read for this holiday season, with lovable characters and beautiful scenery.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author:  Donna Ashcroft
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: September 29, 2023 
Pages: 291 
Buy on Amazon 

Welcome to Christmas Resort, the festive retreat where the scent of cinnamon is in the air and chocolate yule log is eaten all year round! But with the resort in trouble, can Holliday Harrison save Christmas and find true love along the way?

Thirty-year-old Holliday Harrison is throwing herself into the festive season to give her life some purpose after losing her fiancĂ© three years ago. Working at Christmas Resort, an all-year-round holiday village, with its sparkling lights and community of quirky characters, is the warm environment she needs right now. But everything is about to change…

When handsome, blue-eyed businessman 
Damon MacAndrew arrives to stay in one of the cute log cabins, at first Holly is intrigued. Why has this serious stranger come to such a jolly place? But then he makes his plan clear: Damon wants to buy the resort and change everything about it.

Determined to put Damon off Christmas Resort, Holly is soon engineering cold showers and setting him up to get lost in the maze. But with freshly baked cookies and delicious hot chocolate available on tap in such a magical setting, it’s hard to find ways to make the resort seem unappealing… Holliday tries her hardest to fight for the resort but the romance of Christmas seems to have other ideas.

As they take sleigh rides together and spend long evenings in front of the log fire she can’t deny the sizzling attraction between them. But has Damon really fallen in love with the magic of Christmas, or is he still a cold-hearted businessman? And will this 
turn out to be the best Christmas ever… or will it end in heartbreak? 


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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