Review of A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham @SMPRomance

A Highlander is Coming to Town
A Highland, Georgia Novel

Laura Trentham

September 29, 2020

St. Martin’s Paperbacks

The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs…and highlanders!

You better watch out. . .

Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?

To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love?

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So I’m prefacing this review with a big “ugh,” which has absolutely nothing to do with the novel but everything to do with me. If you’ve been following me recently, you know that my blogging has taken a hit over the past few months and that I’ve desperately been trying to get my act back together again. Well, unfortunately, I discovered that in my disorganized state (I may be being kind to myself 😉 ) I read this book and never posted the review–anywhere. For this, I apologize to the author Laura Trentham and the publisher, St. Martin’s Paperbacks, who have been so wonderful about sharing their books with me.

A Highlander is Coming to Town is book three in Laura Trentham’s charming Highland, Georgia series in which Holt Pierson befriends the singer from a Scottish band, Claire Smythe, who has quit her gig to become a caretaker and companion to Holt elderly neighbor.

Claire is not what she seems. At first, she comes across as a prickly woman down on her luck when what she really is is an heiress trying to figure her life out. Due to having parents who were emotionally distant, Claire is reluctant to let people in but slowly lets in Mrs. Meadows, the woman she is companion to, and then Holt.

A Highlander is Coming to Town was a satisfying read, if only for the fact of seeing Holt’s progression through the three novels from oafish to a nice, funny guy. He is mostly content with where he is in his life but realizes just how lonely he is with his parents gone and his friends settling down.

As usual, Trentham delivers with a novel that is insightful as well as funny and provides layered characters who the reader cares about and who show us that not everything there is to know about a person is on the surface.

While A Highlander is Coming to Town is the third in the series, you do not need to have read the other novels to enjoy this one. If you’re looking for some fun and romantic escapism involving a sweet farmer and a prickly Scottish woman, I recommend A Highlander is Coming to Town.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



4 out of 5 butterflies

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