Catherine E. Chapman
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Elizabeth Clansham retreats to a croft house in the Scottish Highlands to write a novel and avoid real life. Reluctant teacher and aspiring author, she finds that the job she has taken to fund her idyllic existence impacts upon her more than she'd anticipated; her students are determined to find her a love-match. Will it be Angus, gamekeeper and uncle of one of Elizabeth's pupils, or Andrew, Elizabeth's reclusive neighbour in the croft?
Andrew's solitary bachelor life is turned upside-down by the arrival of his former girlfriend, Laetitia – fleeing the city of Glasgow and her mounting debts, and seeking shelter with Andrew in the hills. Will their old flame be rekindled or will Lauren, Laetitia’s seven-year-old daughter, get her way and realise a father-figure in Angus?
Andrew maintains it’s the things you don’t do in life that you regret but is it ever too late for love to blossom?
"Elizabeth Clansham is a finely-crafted tale of social interactions, of love and of finding yourself, all tied up into small-town life," (Goodreads review, Sept. 2011).
"...Tentative friendships, secrets, cowardice, fleeting passions, and resentment..." (Goodreads review, Aug. 2011).
"There were several scenes at which I laughed out loud ... folks who enjoy literary fiction and/or romantic fiction should enjoy this," (4 star review, March 2012).
"If you enjoy a laid-back approach to the romance genre ... you will enjoy this book. Each character goes through their own growth period and finds out who they truly are or want to be ... the author does a splendid job bringing each one to life," (4 star review, May 2012).
"I like romances and I found this very refreshing. Characters well developed and quirky. Several LOL moments," (March 2013).