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Book Review - 'A Hogmanay Kiss' by Elsie McArthur

I am a big fan of this author’s work, and have read all the books she has published to date. ‘A Hogmanay Kiss’ is a follow up or sequel to ‘The Back-Up Plan’, but could be read as a stand alone. Elsie is a talented author when it comes to writing romance.

I am really excited to be interviewing her, alongside author Elizabeth Holland on the 'The Write Words Podcast' very soon. We will be talking about all things romance.

‘The Back-Up Plan’ by Elsie McArthur was one of my favourite reads of last year so, when I heard there was a sequel coming, I eagerly awaited its release. It was great to catch up with the principal characters again.

We catch up with lovebirds Will and Marsaili a year and half down the track. Marsaili has given up on her pursuit of stardom, and has settled into her new life as a schoolteacher.

While saving for a home of their own, they find themselves living with Marsaili’s parents, providing challenges within their relationship, more specifically, finding much needed alone time.

They are hoping their upcoming trip over the holiday season will bring them that alone time they have been desperately been longing for. Some quality time together is just what they need. They head off to Edinburgh for Marsaili’s brother’s wedding.

You know what they say about the best laid plans, right? Some wedding drama, along with a man eating fellow bridesmaid that flirts with Will every change she gets, causes Marsaili to doubt his love for her, as her own insecurities resurface.

Is their relationship under threat, or are her insecurities playing tricks on her?

Elsie has a way of writing stories readers can relate to on an emotional level. She has a real knack for writing about people and the human experience. What woman hasn’t felt insecure or threatened by a beautiful woman flirting with her man?

Once again we are transported to Scotland with breath-taking descriptions of the sights and smells of where the scene is set. As the reader, you feel as if you are there with the characters, experiencing it all alongside them. With my own Scottish heritage, it is a place I long to visit again as an adult. And until we can all travel again, Elsie takes me there.

This book is a feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face. I highly recommend this book and also recommend reading 'The Back-Up Plan' before ‘A Hogmanay Kiss’.

I give it 5 stars *****

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