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A Single Woman

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Isla Cameron. headmistress at an elite girl’s school in Glasgow, is determinedly single, adroitly avoiding all attempts at matchmaking by a close friend.

Widower Alasdair MacLeod is grieving for the wife he lost two years earlier, struggling as the single father of two teenagers, and frustrated by the well-meaning interference of his in-laws.

When a proposed school trip to F
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Published May 9th 2019 by Cala Publishing
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Alasdair MacLeod’s grief over the death of his wife two years earlier felt all encompassing. His two teenage children, Fiona and Robbie coped with the loss of their mother in their own way, while Alasdair’s father-in-law Matt and his wife Bel helped the best they could. Fi belonged to an all girl’s school in Glasgow and idolized the headmistress, Isla Cameron who’d been in that position for the past ten years. Isla was happily single, living in a small flat with her cat Sooty, catching up with h ...more
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Highly recommended!

Special thanks to Maggie Christensen for an ARC of her newest novel, A SINGLE WOMAN which enabled me to read it and write this unbiased review.

I have always been interested in Scotland, so was delighted to discover that Glasgow, Scotland is the setting for this well written modern novel.
The realistic characters, setting and storyline drew me in. When Bel and Matt Reid went for their morning walk along Loch Lomond, I felt that I was with the
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Maggie Christensen’s stories, they are heart-warming with characters that are true to life, the situations and difficulties that arise in everyday life are dealt with in loving and caring ways that bring us closer to the people that you are sure to become friends with, I loved being back in Glasgow Scotland with Bel and Matt and their families.

Alasdair McLeod lost his wife two years ago and has been struggling a bit lately, he has his two children Robbie and Fiona, who is in a whe
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3.5 stars
A Single Woman marks the eleventh novel from Australian author Maggie Christensen. A Single Woman is also the third issue in Maggie Christensen’s Scottish tales series. There are loose connections only to the previous two books in this series, so it is very easy to settle into this engaging new tale from the queen of mature age fiction, Maggie Christensen. With themes of overcoming grief and loss, opening up your heart to others and new starts, this
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
If you haven’t read the other books in this series, you’d have no problem whatsoever in making this one your first: it’s very much a stand-alone story featuring different main characters, with enough detail to understand what went before – but I hope it might introduce you to an author whose books you might enjoy as much as I do.

The author’s story-telling is just wonderful: she introduces you to her characters, sets the scene, and the story then unfolds around you – and her characters are always
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written story that kept me turning pages. Alasdair McLeod a widower lost his wife two years ago he has a daughter Fi who goes to an all-girls school, at Christmas he meets headmistress Isla Cameron at a Christmas party. These two will have a lot to go through before they get a happy ending. I received an ARC from Hidden Gems and I am voluntarily reviewing.
Anne Rightler
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Single Woman is an entertaining love story by Maggie Christensen. Being connected to two other books from this author (The Good Sister and Isobel’s Promise) it was fun to see familiar characters who are in this book. While part of a series, one can read the books as stand alone as the author does a nice job of filling in back stories. In A Single Woman, set in the beautiful country of Scotland, readers are introduced to Isla and Alasdair who are both single and heading to middle age. Isla is w ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
💞 Gentle romance with grown-up issues 👍

I find author Maggie Christensen's romances so sympathetic and easy to identify with. Her heroines are mature, with some bruises from life experience, but still somehow finding their way to love. Girls School Headmistress Isla and grieving single father Alasdair are both in their forties and leery of romantic entanglement. Their slowly budding relationship is not all roses. With an extended family still trying to cope with his wife's death, Alasda
Jamie Jack
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Because they seem to be so rare in the romance fiction world, I am drawn to stories that have a mature hero and heroine. I think authors miss out on mining what could be a rich source of inspiration. When we reach middle age, we have lived so much, and that can bring much conflict and tension to a new relationship that is different from first loves or early relationships. How we sort through our baggage and continue to live life can make for an interesting romance read!

In this book, both the he
Mary Monks
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here is another wonderful book from this Queensland author.
This one is a continuation of the "Sydney books' and the "Scottish books".
Maggie Christensen takes a minor character from a previous book and develops her story.
In this book, Isla, the headmistress of a Glasgow's elite girls' school, is being pressured by a close friend to find a relationship. Isla is more than happy to stay single ... her work is her life.
Alisdair is still struggling with the death of his wife and is bringing up his tw
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading and loving The Good Sister and Isobel's Promise, I was happy to read this follow-up and Maggie C. did not disappoint. Once again she beautifully constructs a love story of a mature couple who find each other in their forties. Isla, the headmistress of an all girls school and Alasdair, a widower with two teenage children slowly and carefully find their way toward each other. The cast of secondary characters are terrific and so varied, but Fiona will always be my favorite. Now that y ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Maggie's books because they make me feel good. They aren't about skinny young women, they are real. Women who aren't one size or age. They give hope that you can find love at any age. Her characters are strong and easy to relate too. The stories are ones that you can easily fall in love with and this book was no different. After losing his wife Alesdaire is raising his kids alone and he's lonely. Isla has always put herself last and threw herself into work. Finding their way to ea ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I received this book as an e copy to read and review and I loved it and read it on a wet autumn day . I love anything set in Scotland , and the author mentions streets and places which are familiar to anyone who has visited the country. The characters in this book are believeable, we first meet some of them in Maggie's earlier book Isobel's promise, but if the earlier book has not been read anyone can pick up the story in A Single Woman . I love that the author writes about older couples finding ...more
Meg Martin
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful story about Isla and Alasdair, even the names are lovely. It's a story about life, so includes happy, sad, real life challenges and also many ways to meet those challenges with grace. This author has the ability to bring her characters to life and shortly into the book you feel you have known them a long time. All of a sudden you are rooting for their happiness and wishing for a 'happily ever after' ending. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of ...more
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An independent, successful, single woman who is harboring the guilt from the loss of her daughter meets with a widower who used to be a workaholic, until his wife died. Isla, 44, is the headmistress of Glenferrie Academy in Scotland; she is used to being on her own and being "married" to her job. When she runs into an old high school friend at a reunion, she finds herself meeting Alisdair, 42, at her friend's Christmas bash. The attraction is immediate, though neither is interested in a relation ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Maggie’s mature romances. Isla and Alasdair’s story shows how we can overcome tragedies to find love again. You won’t be able to put it down.
Ellen Gardner
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read The Good Sister and Isobel's Promise so I was really looking forward to A Single Woman and it didn't disappoint. As the book is set in my home town of Glasgow I could relate to a lot of the street names and landmarks. The characters are so believable and easy to relate to. Thank you Maggie for another great story about love in the later years of life. ...more
Tracey Tranter
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well written novel set in Scotland. The book can be read as a standalone, however reading the two previous books, The Good Sister and Isobel’s Promise makes the story that more enjoyable as you have more background.

A great read if you enjoy mature romances.

Highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Vicki or Dennis Johnson
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful story of second chance love and romance about an "older" couple (in their forties). I, too, found my second chance love at 40 and this was a delightful story to relate with. Sometimes the second chance around is the best there is after all - and I know many couples who would agree whole heartedly. A very good story that is beautiful with realities and love conquers all in the end. I am glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book.
This is my voluntary, honest and c
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Romance at its best. Isla teaches at a private school. She’s definitely single and surprised when love comes her way. Loved it and shouldn’t be missed out once it’s released.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuation of the Scottish series that began with The Good Sister & Isobel’s promise. It could be read as a standalone but you would enjoy it more if you read the previous two books.

Isla is the headmistress of a prestigious girl’s school and has devoted her life to her career. Alasdair McLeod is a widower with two children to care for – one of which is in a wheelchair and attends the school that Isla administers. His family feel that enough time has passed for him to seek the compa
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘A Single Woman,’ by Maggie Christensen, was a lovely second chance story of mature love after loss. I thoroughly enjoyed these characters and the sense of place - Scotland! The plot was thoughtfully presented and it was well edited. I read an ARC of this book and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Joanna E.Lopez
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second Chance at Love. Review of A single woman.

Isla Cameron is the headmistress at an elite all-girls Academy at Glasgow where widower Alistair Macleod’s daughter Fi (Fiona) is a student. However, Alistair doesn't know that when he meets Isla at a Christmas party. Alistair is immediately smitten with Isla and asks her to take a walk to get away from the stifling party. They are attracted to each other, however, they feel they are not ready to take it anywhere else. Alistair is still in love wi
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Maggie's books about mature women facing life's challenges. I read this one in a few days. ...more
Ann Fleming
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I get lost in the charaters and their lives.

I hate when each book ends . I want more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The well written storyline and the wonderfully developed characters made this book a very enjoyable read which kept me totally engaged throughout the entire book!
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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.
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