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Christmas in the small village of Gandiegow brings holiday cheer—and a chance for love between two strangers…
When her father is injured in an accident, Edinburgh engineer Pippa McDonnell comes home to Gandiegow to take over the family business, the North Sea Valve Company. Now she’s working overtime trying to fix NSV’s finances and find the cash to get her father proper medical care.
One possibility is to accept a partnership with MTech, an American firm desperate to get their hands on her da’s innovative valve design. He was against bringing in outsiders, but Pippa is desperate enough to at least listen to MTech’s charming representative Max McKinley.
As Christmas approaches and with the help of Gandiegow’s meddling quilters, Pippa and Max slowly find themselves attracted to each other. Max seems honorable, but is he there to steal the valve design…or Pippa’s heart?
The Accidental Scot by Patience Griffin is part of her Kilts and Quilts series, and it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Some characters have undoubtedly been introduced in prior books, however, all the primary and secondary characters are fully developed.
The main characters are Pippa McDonnell and Max McKinley are delightful together, it just takes them a while to see that! I loved that Pippa was an intelligent young woman who didn’t mind getting her hands dirty— at the family factory and around the town of Gandiegow. She is not only smart, but a strawberry-blonde beauty. Pippa is beloved in town because of her kind heart. She carries some relationship baggage, but keeps it to herself. Max is a southern gentleman who is originally from Texas. Although he avoids Christmas because it reminds him of past family tragedies, he good-naturedly helps out with all the small town Christmas activities while he is in Gandiegow on business. Miranda, Max’ boss, is a really nasty antagonist whose lack of dating success motivates her to prove herself by pursuing men whether they’re available or not.
The Accidental Scot is well written, and steadily paced. The story is set during the Christmas holiday season, and while there are a lot of holiday activities in the town of Gandiegow, the novel does not have an overwhelming holiday feel to it. There are plenty of story lines that the book can be enjoyed throughout the year. Griffin paints an idyllic portrait of life in Northeast Scotland. You definitely experience all five senses while reading. Miranda’s periodic insertion into the story keeps the story conflict on a slow boil throughout the book. If it is not Miranda, then one of the nosy characters from the quaint town of Gandiegow is providing some sort of hurdle for Max or Pippa to overcome. Even though the townsfolk and Pippa’s father overstep their boundaries, all their misguided plans are made out of love.
The Accidental Scot is a charming read. As with most romances, the plot is generally predictable, but there are sufficient twists and endearing characters to keep the story interesting. I’m looking forward to devouring the rest of the series.