A review copy was generously provided by St Martin’s Press
As I head into the eighth month of my work from home and self isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve found myself looking forward to holidays a lot more. Needless to say, I’ve been gearing up for Christmas extra early this year and was very excited to get the opportunity to read and review A Highlander is Coming To Town.
You better watch out. . .
Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?
To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love?
This book opens with Claire, who is hiding out in the small town of Highland from her family responsibilities. Unfortunately, her character really beyond the fact that she was hiding out from her family – she struck me as a spoiled heiress that wanted her money but didn’t want to work for it. Her entire character was that she didn’t want to run her family’s company – she was hiding as though she had an abusive family after her, but she simply wanted to cash in her inheritance without the responsibility of earning it. I found it hard to empathize with her because she was the one creating her own problems. She didn’t really have an external struggle, most of her struggles boiled down to rich people problems – should she cash in on her massive inheritance and live a lavish life or not?
Claire’s chemistry with Holt was iffy – she constantly put walls between them without any discernible reasons and overall their relationship felt forced. I wish there would have been more justification for her actions and that the book would have explained her motives more. Because I couldn’t understand Claire’s motives, I wasn’t able to get invested in her story. Also, the plot itself felt more suited to being a novella than a full length novel – there simply wasn’t enough going on to justify a book of this length – the plot dragged in many spots.
Unfortunately, this book was just not for me. I couldn’t move past the lack of depth to the story and Claire’s spoiled behavior. I hope others enjoy this book more than I did, but A Highlander is Coming to Town definitely fell flat for me. 1/5