Wednesday 14 July 2021

Guest Review: A Wedding at the Cosy Castle on the Loch (Book 4) by Alice Ross

This is the fourth short story in The Cosy Castle on the Loch series. You can read our review of part one here and part two here!

Lottie Palmer has hit an all-time low. Hurtling towards thirty at a worrying speed of knots, her life is a million miles away from where she’d imagined it would be at this stage. And the fact that her entire family is so wrapped up in her brother’s wedding to gorgeous model, Saskia, is doing nothing for Lottie's dwindling self-esteem.

Being unceremoniously dispatched to a wet and gloomy Scotland one week before the wedding to help with the arrangements, Lottie is not best pleased. But when the sun does eventually appear, she finds herself warming not only to beautiful Glenduff Castle, but also to one of its very handsome – and very married – residents.

Can the castle work its magic and help Lottie find a way to turn her life around? Or will she return home even more miserable than when she left?

Review: This is the fourth in a series of short stories centred around Glenduff Castle, now a luxury hotel in the Scottish highlands. Following the castle’s conversion into a hotel, it has grown in popularity and is also gaining a reputation as a wedding venue. I have been following this series and enjoying seeing the effects visiting the hotel has on various characters. Each story in the series can be read as a standalone.

This story centres on Lottie Palmer, who has been sent to the hotel in advance of her brother’s upcoming marriage to make sure that all preparations are proceeding as planned. Her life is not too happy, as she has recently lost her job and is becoming dissatisfied with her long-term relationship and especially with partner Dan. Being sent to the wilds of what she believes to be a boring and rainy land is like the last straw. However, things are not as she expected. The hotel is, of course, lovely and there is the bonus of a very attractive and attentive reporter, Zach, who is writing an article on the wedding. As she settles into her new surroundings, Lottie soon begins to realise that she could change her life from the one that she left behind just a few days ago.

I have been enjoying this entertaining series of stories. Each one focuses on a different character, with a few recurring characters appearing in the background. All have an element of humour, but I found this one funniest of all so far. It had me chortling away as I read. Poor Lottie had her work cut out dealing with the amazing demands of the bride-to-be as well as remembering the surname of the reporter she was trying not to find appealing. I can definitely recommend this story with its beautiful setting and amusing situations.

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