Sealed with a Kiss is the latest book we have been sent as part of the Bahlsen Book Club. Rachael is a blogger herself and self-published her book selling over 130,000 copies before getting her very own book deal with Pan Macmillan, which is amazing! I was keen to read this book after hearing about Rachael’s success story at Blog Camp earlier this year, so I was really pleased it was chosen for the Bahlsen Book Club.
Here’s the blurb:
Kate is dumped on her best friend’s wedding day by the world’s most boring boyfriend, Ian. She’s mostly cross because he got in first – until she remembers she’s now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she’s got a lot to prove.
Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy’s keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate’s budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning – and can she be stopped before it’s too late?
I really enjoyed this book. I have commented before how ‘Chick Lit’ for a better word is not really what I tend to choose to read, but I found this book engaging and realistic – not cheesy! It was really nice to curl up and read this book (with a cuppa and a biscuit, of course). I loved the characters within the book, and how they become a little community on the island – it reminded me of a TV programme (OK, I’ll say it – Katie Morag) in the way that everyone knows each other, and everyone is very close.
I have been to the isle of Arran so this book really took me back to being there. I kept thinking about if it was plausible to move my family up to a remote scottish island. I loved the parts about the Seals, and the Seal Rescue, and the descriptions of the island and island life invoked a lot of memories for me. The story winds it way at a leisurely pace but keeps your interest through the various twists and turns. I must also admit I only got the pun within the title of the story when I was almost at the end! (Doh!)
I like the character of Kate but I found it hard to believe she was 26 – I felt she was a bit older than that. I am 31 so probably felt she was more around my age. I could empathise with her silly moments – I have had many a cringeworthy episode (yes pants have fallen out of my jeans leg too) and I enjoyed seeing how she changed and grew as a person throughout the book.
I’d love to read more about life on Auchenmor – the characters were really engaging and I think there are more stories there!
This was a fab book, which I would give 4 out of 5 stars. Definitely one for the summer holiday reading!