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Published April 4th 2019 by HQ Digital
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Tracey
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you NetGalley, HQ Digital and Maggie Conway for this free advanced digital copy.

I am so happy I stumbled across The Little Gift Shop on the Loch. This was such a feel good, charming, sweet story.

Lilly has just been let go from her job, a job she very much loved. So with her wounded pride she heads north to Carroch, a little Scottish village on the Loch. A place she hasn’t returned to since her mother past. As Lily is feeling lost and much heartache while trying to clean out her mother’s
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Julia
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Little Gift Shop On The Loch by Maggie Conway is a most delightful contemporary tale about finding your true identity.
Too often we rush through life immersed in our jobs but never really discovering what is really important. “How easy it was to rush around, never stopping to appreciate something simple.” Within the novel an unexpected redundancy becomes a new opportunity. What starts as an escape to lick one’s wounds soon becomes the lifeline to a new dream.
The story is about loss. “Time wa
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Jennifer
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book. It was a fun read. Throughout the whole book I was hoping Lily would stay in Loch Carroch and open the gift shop. She seemed so determined to to sell it and get back to her apartment and old life even though she no longer had a job. The gift shop was the perfect place, a ready made job and it came with a cute kitty. I do not know how she was able to swim in the loch every morning. I think I would have only manged a toe. Loved getting to know Lucy and Jack. It was a feel good bo ...more
Tara
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this , it’s happiness in a book. I admit I adore Scotland so this is perfect for me. But it has loveable characters, lovely slow burn romance, a couple you really want together and happiness. A lovely feel good book and perfect summer read. Highly recommended.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Emma (bookish.em)
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was SUCH a delightful read! I was literally just in the Highlands on holiday so I was super pleased to see that I'd gotten an eARC. I'm a sucker for small towns so was thrilled to dive into the village of Loch Carroch and going along for the ride as Lilly found herself immersed in town life. I was SO excited to see what she did with the store. Jack was a total dreamboat and I was rooting for him more than her at times (lolz). Hope this is a series, would love to revisit some of these charac ...more
Mirna Skuhan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have received an ARC version of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know when you find that book that you wont put down even though you have a whole lot of other things to do?

The Little Gift Shop is quite this book!
The eternal quest of finding that 'gold middle' in your life is a dream for many people even though they don't realize that. Through Lily's character the writer manages to depict this life question in a very sweet and counseling way not making feeling guil
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Cheryl M-M
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it's fair to say that Lily likes her life to fit into certain parameters. She enjoys the routine and knowing where her career is headed. She is more than shocked when her her imaginary romance and promotion all fall flat in a matter of moments when she is fired by the man of her dreams. All of her plans disappear in flash.

She travels up to Carroch to deal with the small shop her mother bequeathed to her in her will. The differences between mother and child become quite clear as the story
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Eve beinguniquebooks
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lily is shocked when she's fired from her beloved department store job amid hard times and feels humiliated her boss and crush James could just get rid of her like it's nothing.



Reeling from it all and the loss of her hopeful promotion, she realises she has to take care of everything her mother, Patty left behind after she'd passed now she has time including surprisingly, a cat called Misty, she knew nothing about at all!



As she travels to Loch Carroch, she finds the quaint gift shop her mother ha
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Jackie M
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Little Gift Shop on the Loch by Maggie Conway. HQ Digital, 2019.
When Lily’s high-powered accounting career is disrupted along with her dreams of romance, she takes a break to sort out an inheritance from her late mother. The yet-to-be opened gift shop in a Scottish village that had been her mother’s favourite vacation spot is full of unopened boxes of stock. As she meets her mother’s friends and becomes reacquainted with villagers she knew before, Lily becomes involved in community life. Ini
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Debbie
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2019
I absolutely loved this book! My husband is from Edinburgh and we have visited annually for 22 years, so reading this made my heart burst!

Lily had a a strange relationship with her mother, they were close, but Patty was not a maternal mum, moving constantly so Lily never settled, and had no close friends.

When Lily loses her mum, she goes to the place her mum finally settled down, Carroch, a beautiful place on a Loch, that they use to visit when she was growing up.! Whilst there she meets Jack,
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Ashley
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HQ Digital for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley!

Plain and simple, I really enjoy this story. It's a quick, light-hearted read that feels like a warm hug.

Lily, the main character, throws herself into her work to the exclusion of all else including family and friends. So when she is made redundant, she is finally forced to tackle the grief over her mother's death that she kept at bay for so long. She travels back to her mother's favorite haunt, Carroch, to handle the gift s
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Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read. The biggest part of Lily’s story was the loss of her mother and how a redundancy forces her to deal with what she has been avoiding. Watching her unpack her mother’s life in Carroch and come to terms with who she was, their relationship and her loss was very touching. I liked the fact that in finishing what her mother started with the gift shop she found her own place and piece of happiness. Jack was lovely and the development of his relationship with Lily was han ...more
Ashley Reyes
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review from Netgalley.

If you like HEAs, one book romances, or highlanders, this is for you. This is about a woman who’s world collapses slowly- familial loss, job loss, loss of self direction. But, finds herself, her lost family, and love. This isn’t one of those love at first sight or insta- love stories. (Though I love those too) This is a story of accidentally falling into love in the best way possible and finding who you want to be while doing it. Though
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Kaye
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
While a predictable read, it is still very enjoyable. Lily gets laid off from her job in the city, and heads to the small village in norther Scotland where her mother had left her a small shop and an apartment overhead. Naturally, there is a lot of fun characters in town, including handsome Jack. I liked this one, and found it a nice easy summer read. The only issue I had was her wanting to sell and head back to the city, where from I could see she wasn't going back to anything or anyone anyway. ...more
Rebecca Goss
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for a girl down on her luck finds love story but this is so much more. She finds friendship, she finds a sense of family, and she finds a renewed relationship of sorts with her mother who has passed through people who really knew her well. Mostly, Lily finds herself. After a lifetime of choosing the safe passage, she finds work that brings her joy. I don’t want to discount the romance, Jack has been hurt and struggles a bit but they reluctantly embrace the possibilities.
Anitajt
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance in a beautiful location. A story of finding out where you need to be. After the loss of her mum, busy accountant Lily finds herself after inheriting a new way of life, one she didn’t think she needed. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Vikkie Wakeham
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have really enjoyed reading this book. This was the perfect book to curl up with after work and escape real life. I became completely engrossed in this book, I didn’t want to put it down.
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Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Maggie lived the first ten years of life in London before moving to Scotland. She has a degree in English Literature and spent many years working in offices dreaming of pursuing her passion for writing.

A perfect day would include an early morning swim, a good coffee, a great book and a few hours spent writing before the chaos of a husband, three children, a dog and a cat begins.

Having landed the
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