The Christmas Castle in Scotland [Book Review] @HarperCollinsUK @OneMoreChapter_

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin

The Christmas Castle in Scotland is a cozy, warmhearted holiday read set in a rundown castle in the Scottish Highlands.

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin (cover) Image: an outdoor wintry scene with white text

Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, Scotland

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My Summary of The Christmas Castle in Scotland:

Thanks #NetGalley @HarperCollinsUK @OneMoreChapter_  for a complimentary e ARC of #TheChristmasCastleInScotland upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Izzy McBride inherits a rundown castle in the Scottish Highlands from her great uncle Bill. In order to hold onto it, she needs to turn it into a money-making boutique bed and breakfast…..but first, repairs and upgrades need to be made. Will she be able to pull this off in time for Christmas with her eccentric and unpredictable mother creating chaos and a mysterious, moody, and brooding author who is renting a room and demanding quiet and privacy?

My Thoughts:

Warmhearted, cozy, uplit!

#9 in the Romantic Escapes Series

I jumped into this story not realizing that it’s part of a loosely connected series. Even though there were probably reoccurring characters, I never felt like I was missing something. I’m certain this is a satisfactory, stand-alone read.

Checks All the Boxes

The Christmas Castle in Scotland checks all my boxes for an uplit, cozy holiday read.

  • unique setting (a run down castle)
  • Scotland
  • intrigue
  • quirky cast of colorful characters
  • a warmhearted, kind, and compassionate main character
  • a slow burn romance (closed door)
  • themes of entrepreneurship, supportive community, found family, romance, hospitality, mother/daughter relationship, trust, and friendship
  • delicious food
  • cozy fires
  • hospitality
  • found family
  • complicated families
  • problem solving drama (as opposed to heavy emotional angst)

Recommending The Christmas Castle in Scotland

If you’re looking to add Christmas themed women’s fiction to your TBR, I’m enthusiastically recommending The Christmas Castle in Scotland. It’s warmhearted and cozy but doesn’t sacrifice substantial themes. Discovering a new-to-me author is always a delight, and I’ll definitely be reading more of her work!

Related: Another Christmas themed story you might enjoy this year is Once Upon a December.

My Rating:  4.5  Stars

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The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin (cover) Image: white text and an outdoor wintry scene

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Meet the Author of The Christmas Castle in Scotland, Julie Caplin

author of The Christmas Castle in Scotland, Julie CaplinJulie Caplin is addicted to travel and good food. Formerly a PR director, for many years she swanned around Europe taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for the best selling Romantic Escapes Series which began with The Little Café in Copenhagen, which was nominated for a Romantic Novel of the Year award. Since then she has set books in countries including to Brooklyn, Iceland, Japan and Paris and they have been translated in 19 territories from Brazil to Sweden and have been bestsellers in the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy.


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