Book Review: The Cottage in the Highlands By Julie Shackman


When Leonie Baxter finds herself out of a job and out of a relationship, she’s at her wits end. Her life has just been turned upside down and she needs a plan, fast.

By chance, on a walk with her rescue puppy, Leonie stumbles across a striking house in the woods; fully furnished but unoccupied. As a journalist, she is determined to find out more, after all, reporting is in her nature.

But her attempts are thwarted by Lily Cruickshank who lives in the cottage next door. Why won’t Lily help Leonie? And who is the mysterious Flynn Talbot, whose letter Leonie finds inside the house?

And in uncovering the secrets of the abandoned house, will Leonie open her own heart and let love back into her life?


“Live for today and let tomorrow take care of itself”

This adorable novel had me wondering “so is she moving in this picture-sque cottage.

Leonine is a journalist who has a passion for what she does. Isn’t that what life is about? Finding a good few hobbies and activities and DOING them. However, the local newspaper is shutting down so she is devastated. After applying for a job she doesn’t expect to get. She kind-of gets it. Anyway, she went from one field to the completely opposite.

When walking her dog in the local Forrest she discovers a beautiful and abandoned cottage which leads to love, anger, truth telling, and a lot of the past brought up for some.

I really enjoyed her down-to-earth character in finding out the truth and trying to help others that were deceived. I will not say too much about it but I will say this: this novel easily captured and held my attention throughout. The chapter lengths was not too short or long (AKA perfect). This was indeed a unique story about friendship, love and a bit of mystery.

I am so happy to have received this in exchange for an honest review. Definitely recommend this one.

5/5 Stars


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