Some Like It Scottish
A Kilts and Quilts Novel, Book #3
By Patience Griffin
ISBN: 0451468317 (ISBN13: 9780451468314)
Author’s Website: http://www.patiencegriffin.com
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Andra
In the delightful new Kilts and Quilts novel by the author of To Scotland with Love and Meet Me in Scotland, the Real Men of Scotland are waiting. And it’s a match made in Gandiegow…
Kit Woodhouse’s matchmaking business is such a success, she’s expanding to the Highlands of Scotland where the hot, prosperous, and kilted are anxious to connect. Now, looking to fill her stable with eligible bachelors, Kit’s arrived in Gandiegow to recruit potential Real Men of Scotland. It’s not until she meets her tour guide that she discovers just how real they can be.
With his sexy grin, jeans, and black wellies, Ramsay Armstrong is an unpolished hulk of a Scottish fisherman—and a skeptic when it comes to romance. Not exactly a man of “pairing attributes” when talking marriageable matches, but he does make Kit’s heart beat a little faster. Maybe it’s the scent of the sea in his hair. Maybe it’s the challenge. Maybe it’s the thrill of the unexpected. Then again, maybe it’s love.
I could tell this would be a delightful story that would keep me wanting to truly connect and get to know Ramsay right from the beginning (who wouldn’t when the main male character is a hunky yet “cranky” Scotsman?). In the beginning I felt that good looks were all that Ramsay had to offer, but I was pleasantly surprised as his character along with his hopes and dreams were exposed. A truly good guy with depth and a sense of humor with a very romantic side. Yummy. The nickname he gave Kit was perfect as well…..”Sprite”.
“For the next three cranking months?” Ramsay yelled. Surely, you don’t expect me to play nursemaid for three months to some sappy matchmaker!”
And the depth of character to Kit was awe-inspiring. Her loyalty and commitment to looking after her family was honorable following the death of her father. It wasn’t until quite a ways in that we discover Kit’s motivation to work so hard. Kit is a driven and successful business woman, stretching the boundaries (physically and depth of business) of her company to grow and provide security for her siblings (Harper and Bridget) as well as her mother. But I did wonder…what about her happiness? When would she realize that all the success in the world would mean little if she were not happy?
I also took a shine to Deydie McCracken, that spitfire!
“An old woman, a few inches shorter than Kit, and older than Old Mother Hubbard, stood up and lumbered over to her. I’m Deydie McCracken. A quilter here. And apparently one of the town’s elders. By the scowl on the old woman’s face, she wasn’t here to welcome Kit. She looked ready to forcibly pitch Kit back out into the storm.”
The sense of community was VERY strong. When Ramsay was against the matchmaking business…the whole town got behind him. His antics were certainly chuckle worthy. Then, when he learnt more about Kit and changed his tune, he definitely got the whole town behind him. What they say it true….it takes a village. And Gandiegow is certainly an inviting village, once you are let into the inner circle.
As Kit delves into the lives of the town folk, I became more invested in each and every resident. I loved how she stepped in and looked after Ramsay’s sister in law. As well, I certainly wanted the single women of Gandiegow to find their love interests along with the single women from the states. At times, I wished I was with these gals looking for my own Scotsman!
Some Like It Scottish was an easy, enjoyable read. Throughout the storytelling I really felt as if I was in Scotland among these gorgeous fishermen! When hard times fell, I wished for success and laughed accordingly when things went a bit askew (in a good way and NOT a dangerous way). Whenever I think of Wellies….I will forever chuckle.
Now having read the second and this third book in the A Kilts and Quilts Novel series, I am certainly going to search out the first in the series and read it! And of course….I will wait with baited breath for the fourth book in the series The Accidental Scot.