Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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?
This is an enjoyable sweet romance with delightful characters. Set in the beautiful Scottish small town of Gandiegow where the residents are like family and the hero fits in almost like he was born here.
Pippa McDonnell moved away years ago to make her own way in life but came home when her father had an accident. She is running the company until he gets back on his feet, unfortunately her father needs more than just rest to heal and she needs to raise money for the therapy. To make matters worse, she has invited MTech back to revisit their proposal of investing in their valve.
Max McKinley is an up and coming executive at MTech; they are interested in investing in the North Sea Valve Company and he has traveled from Texas during the holiday season much to the dismay of his family, to negotiate with NSV. He is taken by the area and the residents and immerses himself in the lives of these people, even participating in Christmas projects when he has sworn to stay away from anything Christmas.
Pippa keeps him guessing on many fronts as she is not sure she trusts him. She is vague about the business venture, does not let him meet her father in the beginning and leaves him questioning how they feel about each other.
Another good addition to the Kilts and Quilts series and although I have not read them all, it can easily be read as a standalone. Many of the characters have been featured in previous books but the author keeps a new reader informed.
Pippa is very likeable, a strong woman who wants to help her father and the town, as the factory is very important to the area. I did have a few issues with her, mainly the way she acted with Max, she would kiss him and act like she wanted to be with him, then something would happen and she would be pissed, there is a lot of push and pulling and it got a little tiresome. Especially when Max’s boss Miranda came, Pippa never could believe that they were just employees and often accused him of wanting Miranda.
I adored Max, loved the way he jumped right in and helped anyone he could. Even when the residents were waiting for Pippa to marry Ross, her childhood friend, the people still really liked Max as long as he stayed away from Pippa. His aversion to Christmas was rooted in several tragedies that happened to his family during the holiday, he was gracious enough to help the town with their festivities.
There were several secondary stories going on at the same time and I liked how they fit in, her father and Freda have issues that need to be resolved as well as Father Andrew and Moira, these stories did not take away from the main story, more like a real town where many lives continue to live and grow. I did get tired of Miranda, she would not leave Max alone and often caused problems for both the residents as well as Max, she was a pain and I could have done with less of her.
The pace worked well and all stories were satisfactorily resolved. I am intrigued by the next story as it will be with Ross; the hometown boy that everyone would love to see have a happy ending, but another American comes to town, fun! All in all a cute romance with heart and warmth.
I give The Accidental Scot by Patience Griffin 3.75 stars!