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Under Scottish Stars

(MacDonald Family Trilogy #3)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses solely on her children—to the exclusion of career, artistic pursuits, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to use her long-ignored business skills to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, she thinks it might be a chance for a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when, the current ho ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published by David C. Cook (first published July 2020)
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Melanie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so thankful that I didn't have to wait years for this to be published...as I just recently finished books one and two. ;) I loved reading Serena's story and what a story it was!

There were several surprising things revealed about her relationship with her late husband and I felt bad for some of the things she went through.

Malcolm was such an amazing character. I felt like he truly cared for Serena and their relationship was so sweet. The ending was amazing and everything I hoped for.

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Sarah Monzon
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I waited for this book longer than any other. The publishing world can be crazy sometimes. But I’m so glad I finally got to read Serena’s story. Malcolm was just the best for her and now I feel like I can have some closure on the MacDonald family. Lol
Megan
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scotland? Yes please! If you know me, Scotland is my favorite location in the world. So, of course I wanted to read this book. I loved the first two books in the “MacDonald Family Trilogy” and have been eagerly awaiting my next return to Skye in this third installment. It did not disappoint! This book can be read as a standalone.

"Under Scottish Stars" is like a love letter to Skye and Scotland. It transported me to the remote Isle of Skye with its amazing views and wild, rugged beauty. I just wa
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Susan Snodgrass
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Faith was an easy thing to talk about but hard to hold on to. And even harder to regain once you let it slip through your fingers.'

I have been waiting for this book for FOUR long years! When I read the first book in Laureano's 'MacDonald Family Trilogy', James's story, I knew in my heart that Serena had a story to tell. Her character just pulled at my heart. Then I read 'London Tides', second in the series, and discovered that the author had changed publishers and the third book would be delaye
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Becky
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
There's no doubt that Carla Laureano can write! Her descriptions of food can cause your mouth to water, her main and supporting characters are multi-faceted, and there's always a sense of "realness" to her stories, no matter what is happening. In the past, I've enjoyed reading several of her novels for the reasons I've just mentioned. The one area that has sometimes felt lacking to me is the romance aspect—it's always there, but I often haven't connected with it. So I'm very happy to say that th ...more
Denise Hershberger
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So great to finally get to read Serena's story! It was worth the 5 year wait!

If you haven't read the first two books you don't HAVE to but I highly recommend it. Each book is amazing and this book finishes the series beautifully.

Serena's return to Skye is her chance for a fresh start but from day one her and Malcom don't exactly see eye to eye. Normally this "enemies to more" type trope is one of my least favorite but Laureano made both characters so special that I couldn't help but love them in
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Karen R
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming contemporary romance set on the picturesque Isle of Skye in Scotland. The third book in a series, but easily reads as a standalone.
This book was a lovely escape read, featuring a couple of people who find themselves in an unexpected relationship, while struggling with family responsibilities as single parents. It had a bit of a pride and prejudice feel at the beginning, with stubbornness on both their parts. Once it got going though, the romantic tension built up and the story took
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Hannah Currie
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely beautiful! I was so excited to read the final long-awaited book in this series (after loving the first two) and it still totally exceeded my expectations. I love the wit and relationship between the two main characters and the journeys they both take. I know they’re fictional but I laughed and cried along with them all the way through, feeling their pain. It was so well written and a really beautiful reminder of how faithful God is to not only our needs but our wants and ...more
Lisa Dean
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The final installment to this series was so worth the wait! Carla Laureano has a way of writing sweet, heartwarming stories, and this one was no exception. Her beautiful description of Scotland made me feel like I was there. I loved the banter between Serena and Malcolm in the begining and then watching how their feelings for each other grew as they overcame past heartaches. The secondary characters were enjoyable, especially Aunt Muriel, and it was good to see other family members from the firs ...more
Julia
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Under Scottish Stars by Carla Laureno is the most charming contemporary Christian novel with family at its centre.
The novel is set on the Isle Of Skye which holds a dear place in my heart as we spent our honeymoon there many years ago (pre the road bridge). The locations were familiar to me enabling me to ‘walk’ through the action.
All the characters were delightfully drawn. Carla Laureano perfectly captured the mannerisms of the young children – I loved their closeness to their mother.
Family is
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
I waited so, so long for this book! And it was definitely worth the wait.
The Scottish locale, the building romance, the interesting back stories of the characters and their realistic life and faith journeys make for a satisfying read.
I could definitely identify with both Serena and Malcom in many aspects of their struggles with balancing family and responsibilities with a new love interest. I loved getting to see the MacDonald brothers from the previous books and to get caught up on their lives
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Marylin
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the last book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy, and it was just as sweet as the other ones.
Carla Laureano has done it again and written an endearing story of two people struggling to find purpose, acceptance, and love.
The characters in this book are so relatable and captivating. They have hurts and losses that we all can identify with, as well as having strong feelings and emotions deep down inside. There were also moments of sweet romance and swoon-worthy kisses.
One thing this author d
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Kav
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A rapturously romantical delight! Be ready to get your swoon on and give your fainting couch a workout because....that part in the synopsis where it says, "brimming with heart and heat." Which brings me to a reader alert:

Warning: This is pure romance -- the kind where hearts and minds mesh to create yearning. If you aren't a fan of passionate kisses, this might not be the book for you. It's always tastefully done, but this thirty something couple have the maturity to recognize attraction and to
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Lori
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, since everyone has pretty much read my thoughts on this book and I agree with ya'll this book was a delight to read! However; I didn't know that it took four long years to wait for it but, since it did it was well worth the read!
I loved the scenery and the way that Laureano wrote, I felt like I was there with the MacDonald family and I loved every minute of it! I didn't want to leave Scotland.
Faith is easy to accept and yes it's very hard to hold on to. Even I have trouble with that. I wo
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Emilee
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Carla Laureano's books! In this third book in the MacDonald Trilogy hunky hero meets 39 year old, single mom. The chemistry is off the charts! The setting is okay in this one. It is mostly cold and dreary. I liked how I envisioned the setting in the first book of the trilogy better. The epilogue is very satisfying!
Diana
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Spoilers!

Och, how I enjoyed my visit to the island of Skye—with its small town ambience, tiny whitewashed, stone croft houses, and the mysterious cover of fog hovering over the slim white lighthouse! And oh, the romance of stargazing in Kinloch Forest with that special someone...thus the title Under Scottish Stars.

If you don't love kissing scenes then best pass this novel on by, because there's plenty of passionate sparks between Serena MacDonald Stewart and Malcolm Blake! Malcolm—what a bra
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Lisa
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This long awaited finale to the MacDonald Family Trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Under Scottish Stars is Serena MacDonald Stewart’s story and it’s a good one. Sparks fly the moment she meets the family’s hotel manager, Malcolm Blake. Malcolm comes across as a bit crass, but underneath he’s a teddy bear. A lovable teddy bear, actually, especially when he’s with Serena’s children and his niece. Serena and Malcolm both are dealing with loss and heartache, which makes their relationship all the more ten ...more
Necee
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“When you have two people who like to do things their own way, sometimes sparks are going to fly.”

The chemistry lifts off the pages between widowed hotel owner Serena MacDonald Stewart and the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake. As they both get off to a rocky start upon meeting one another, you just can’t help being pulled into their banter. The descriptions of astronomy and the nighttime sky was inspiring. Laureano’s descriptions of Scotland, the family hotel, and the surrounding community had me wa
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Jane
I have been excited to read this third book in the MacDonald family trilogy for years! So thrilled to finally have experienced this one.

I love Serena as the main protagonist. Getting inside her head was like getting to know a new friend. As a mother myself, I really connected with her experiences raising her kids and trying to do right by them. Even the middle of the night comforting of little Max felt familiar! She is a wonderful mother who puts her kids first and is trying to give them a wonde
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Averee Whited
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I have previously expressed, I am not normally a contemporary enthusiast. However, I greatly enjoyed reading the latest and last installment to the MacDonald Family Trilogy. For one, you can’t go wrong when the story takes place on a breathtaking Scottish island. I could feel my ancestral Scottish brogue coming through my inner reading voice, and it simply heightened my enjoyment.

Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses solely on her children—to the exclusion of career, artistic pu
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Randi Sampson
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under Scottish Stars is the third and final book in Carla Laureano's Macdonald Family Trilogy. This was the first in the series that I had read myself, and I found that it read quite well as a standalone as well. Like most series, you'll have more background of all the characters by reading in order, however, enough is given so that I didn't feel the least bit lost.

In this book we meet (or reunite with) Serena as she returns to her family's hotel to help out. Upon her return she meets Malcom, m
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Susan Snodgrass
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Faith was an easy thing to talk about but hard to hold on to. And even harder to regain once you let it slip through your fingers.'

I have been waiting for this book for FOUR long years! When I read the first book in Laureano's 'MacDonald Family Trilogy', James's story, I knew in my heart that Serena had a story to tell. Her character just pulled at my heart. Then I read 'London Tides', second in the series, and discovered that the author had changed publishers and the third book would be delaye
...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third novel in the MacDonald Family series. This is the first book I’ve read in this trilogy I enjoyed this heart-warming romance between two unlikely people. Both agreed they had feelings towards each other, but it would not be wise to act on them since Serena was Malcom’s boss. It turns out there was more to Malcom and Serena then the reader first perceives.

The Scotland setting was unique, charming, and fun to be at with this fun loving and guarded cast of characters who face some
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Kelly Hodgkins
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the MacDonald Family trilogy by Carla Laureano and waited several years for “Under Scottish Stars” to be published. I’ll admit, I was put off by the back cover copy, a widow and an orphan don’t make for easy reading usually. Whilst Carla doesn’t avoid the pain of loss and it’s ramifications, don’t be concerned, this book has plenty of light-hearted moments and sufficient time has passed for the characters that the grief is no longer where they are dwel ...more
Meagan
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I binge-read the first two books in this series earlier in 2020 (and loved them)--so you can imagine I was dying to find out how it would conclude. Waiting for 'Under Scottish Stars' to release was such a hard wait -- and then it appeared on NetGalley! Yussss!!

Honestly, starting 'Under Scottish Stars' felt like coming home. Familiar characters from the first two books (so yes, totes read them in order), paired with a beautiful Scottish setting, absolutely made for a delightful read. It was well
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Vibliophile
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars) - A worthy conclusion to a wonderful series!

[The eagerly awaited 3rd installment of the MacDonald Family trilogy is a book that can technically stand alone, but will be a richer, fuller story if you read them all]

I discovered this series last year, so I haven't had to wait as long as some, but I was no less excited for its release. And what a romantic & satisfying story it is!

Serena & Malcolm are the focus of this story. Serena has been given the job of overseeing the family's guest
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Elizabeth
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, own-print
I won an advanced copy of this book (and proceeded to buy the rest of the series so I can force other people to enjoy them lol). What a lovely way to finish out a wonderful series! Serena and Malcolm are both single parents back home on the Isle of Skye. Serena's brothers are both off on other pursuits, so they ask her to move home to Skye to look after their Aunt Muriel and help turn the inn into the profitable venture they know it could be with a little extra marketing. Malcolm, the inn's mana ...more
Jessie Young
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok well, just a warning, this book will take over your day, your night, your weekend! I started this book and proceeded to read it every chance I got til I finished it. Love this story and the entire series for that matter. The setting is so intriguing. The characters are ones I would like to know in life. I loved the build up and romantic tension leading up to the first kiss. It was well written. Tugged at my heartstrings! I would have loved some more internal context though. I felt like the ch ...more
Suzie Waltner
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book I ever picked up written by Carla Laureano was Five Days in Skye. I immediately followed with London Tides. Finally, a few years after those books released, readers get Serena’s story, and it is worth the wait.

Under Scottish Stars returns readers to the Isle of Sky in Scotland. From the sights to the community to the food, Laureano has done her research and included it in this book, making you feel like you are right there with Serena and Malcolm.

The banter between these two is so
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Kalena
4.5**** 3rd in the MacDonald Family Trilogy. Christian fiction. I was looking forward this third book, as I was interested in Serena's story starting in book 1. Serena and Malcolm do not disappoint. While book 1, Five Days in Skye, is my favorite as I felt the reader got a better sense of the entire family and their relationships and the faith element was woven in throughout the story. The importance of family is really at the center of this book. The sacrifices and choices made, the things we d ...more
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