Gayle Mitchell is the head of Mitchell Associates and is the leading expert on organizational change as well as a fierce advocate for women in business. She appears to have it all but when a freak accident happens and her oldest daughter is contacted, what’s missing in her life comes to light. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her daughters, Samantha and Ella, in five years following a major blowup. It’s Christmas season, one her daughters love and embrace but a time in the year Gayle most dislikes. Samantha and Ella are very close and always celebrated Christmas together. Samantha owns a specialized vacation planning service and had planned to visit an estate in the Scottish Highlands to evaluate the property. Circumstances evolve that have all three women, including Ella’s husband and 5-year old daughter, making the trip together.
These were three very interesting women and I was intrigued to learn what fractured the daughters from their mother. We learn a lot about Gayle from the outset so I had a clue but her behavior was so outrageously callous I knew there had to have been some big event that shaped her thinking. What made her a successful businesswoman shattered her relationships with Samantha and Ella. The estate in Scotland was a lovely and charming setting to fuse the warmth of the holiday setting and a second chance for Gayle to connect with her daughters. And, Brodie McIntyre, the handsome estate owner provides an element of romance to the story.
I was looking for a heartwarming story with a little weight to it and this delivered everything I was hoping to find to begin my seasonal reading. Each of the women brought their own issues to the mix and finding their way back to each other wasn’t easy. The setting was a perfect backdrop and Gayle’s revelations about her past were surprising. I listened to the story and while I liked the narrator, she never made a distinction between the three women’s voices, often making it difficult to know which was whom. Her Scottish lilt for those characters was wonderful though and she’s a good storyteller. I enjoyed this story and particularly liked the humorous elements. It was the perfect holiday reading choice.
- Release Date: October 6, 2020
- Narrator: Lucy Tregear
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 31 minutes
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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(Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)