Wednesday 26 June 2019

Guest Review: Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas

Wildflower Bay is a stunning, romantic summer read by Rachael Lucas.

This little island has some big secrets...

Isla's got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in her career that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes.
Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon.
A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .

Review: I have not read anything by Rachael Lucas before, but the bright, colourful cover of this book drew my attention right away. Added to that the setting, a small island off the west coast of Scotland, and I was sold. Eventually, I chose the audiobook version of the book and, fittingly, listened to it on a road trip to Scotland. It was certainly a good listen. 

The story revolves around Isla Brown, a top stylist in a chic Edinburgh hair salon. When an unfortunate incident leads to her losing her job, she is devastated as her work is everything to her. However, the timing coincides with her aunt requiring help with her salon on the small, but lovely, Scottish island of Auchenmor. Things are very different from what she is used to in this salon and she doesn't get the best of welcomes from its small staff, but she soon warms to the place and the people, and they to her. She finds herself drawn especially to one elderly lady in particular, Ruth and they fast become friends. However, she keeps bumping into local heartthrob Finn; could there be romance in the air? There are, of course, a host of other characters in the book, all well described and believable. One particularly worth a mention is Lily, who has come to the island to establish a retreat; she is well meaning, but I found her a source of great amusement. 

This is a lovely story, filled with humour as well as drama. I loved watching the at first unlikely relationship between Isla and Ruth develop. Equally, it was great to see Isla change into a very different person by the end of the book. The setting is marvellous, and the characters and situations so typical of those found in a small community like this. I would love to be jumping on the ferry to Auchenmor. I think this would make a perfect summer read. 

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