Christmas at the Edge of the World – ARC Review

48068669._SY475_Christmas at the Edge of the World
by Kate Hewitt
Release Date: November 4, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
Number of pages:  162
Kindle Edition
Source: ARC from publisher
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Rating: PG
Read 10/29/19 to 10/30/19


When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt’s cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland… about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough?

From the moment they step onto the island’s shores, everything seems to go wrong… including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie’s suggestion of putting Zach to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world?

This is a short and sweet Christmas read.  I was gutted by not just Laurel and Archie, but also Zac.  I wanted every one of them to feel happy, secure, and loved.  I wanted them to all know they are perfect just the way they are.

Since this is a short story, I feel it’s best to keep my comments to a minimum.  I’ll just say that I felt the woe that turned into anticipation.  I felt the heartache and the yearning.  This author did a phenomenal job of investing me in all aspects of this story as well as evoking all of these emotions.  There is a scene at a community event between Archie and Laurel that just gutted me.  I cannot adequately express how much I absolutely love Archie.

This book is the perfect heart-warming story for the holiday season.  Since it’s published in the beginning of November, you have time to buy yourself a copy and pass it along to friends before the holidays are here.

4.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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