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Summer at the Highland Coral Beach

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Escape to the Highland Coral Beach where broken hearts can be healed

Beatrice Halliday needs a break from life. Booking a trip to the Highlands on a whim, Beatrice hopes learning Gaelic in a beautiful Scottish village might help her heal her grief after losing her baby, her husband and her much loved job in a space of months.

But Port Willow Bay isnt exactly as the website
Published March 27th 2020 by Hera Books
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Heartfelt, charming, emotional, sweet. Kiley Dunbar brought the Scottish highlands and these quirky characters to life with her vivid storytelling. The book starts off with Beatrice and a stick with two pink lines, then it jumps forward to Beatrice in Port Willow Bay, a small Scottish town. She is less than pleased with her accommodations at the Princess and the Pea. She is staying in the princess room with a bed of mattresses piled one on top of each other and a ladder to the top(Can you ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed my trip to Port Willow in this really lovely story. It is such a lovely sounding place up in the Scottish Highlands, even has its own Coral Beach, a Princess and the Pea inn, a pair of gruff Scottish brothers who have incredibly thick accents, and then there is Beatrice.

Beatrice is our heroine of this novel, and her opening is memorable, if heartbreaking. And then her first days in Scotland which were booked on a whim don't exactly go according to plan. It is clear she is still
DJ Sakata
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He and his wife didnt get on, and she moved to the other side of the island once their son was at the high school. And every day hed ride his bicycle over to visit her, and on Fridays hed take a posy of flowers to her. They got on like a house on fire once theyd separated. It was quite the love affair, apparently. And they never moved back in together? And risk spoiling their romance? Goodness, no.

I have a theory that nice, available Highland blokes who arent out grafting
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Theres so much I enjoy about Kiley Dunbars lovely writing, but she really does have a particular knack for characterisation: I think a lot of it has to do with the way she develops her main characters voice. The narrative might be third person, but this is very much Beatrices story you share her experience, see things through her eyes, feel for her, hurt with her, feel her frustration and joy, even get annoyed with her at times, but then become entirely invested in hoping shell find her happy ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely read this was. Kiley Dunbars writing flows naturally and smoothly making all of her imagined characters dance off the page and come to life.

I love a good cosy escapism romance. Beatrices reason for needing an escape is surely a sad one but there is a lot of hope and growth in this little story. The town, characters, and setting will all warm your heart. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this lovely Highland setting.

My copy was provided by NetGalley for review all opinions
Gem ~ Bee
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So so so good
I'll be reviewing this in full shortly but if you love remote Scottish coastal idyllic scenery and extremely hot chemistry in your books then this is a corker! Or "braw" !
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You can preorder get your copy here:
This book will be available on March 27, 2020, hopefully my sanity from being sequestered will also return at that time, if not, you can enjoy a great book while stuck home. What better to do while stuck home, but download a good kindle book and curl up on the couch or in a park socially away from people and enjoy a good book?
I received this book just
Beatrice needed a getaway, perhaps not one fueled by three glasses of wine, a nine hour train journey and a Princess and the Pea styled 4 poster bed in the strange little village of Port Willow Bay. But shes here, and not quite herself: prone to bursting into tears or turning a sharp tongue on anyones path she crosses. But shes here and stuck at least until Monday when the trains run again.

Atholl and his brother Eugene run the inn/pub, and Atholl has worked to bring craft tourism to the bay in
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has never gotten to travel a lot, I can tell you that there's something about reading books that take place in areas that I'm just dying to visit! And so, when I get to read about one of my 'bucket list countries', I can't help but get really happy. Summer at the Highland Coral Beach is a lovely tale of a woman who needs to reset her life after loss. One of the most horrible losses anyone could ever experience.


From page one I felt immersed in this story. I didn't feel the
Scotland has been at the top of my travel wishlist for ages, so on the day of the cover reveal for Summer at the Highland Coral Beach, my first thought - before even seeing the cover or reading the synopsis - was you had me at Scotland. Then I saw the gorgeous cover and I knew I had to read this book. After reading Kileys sophomore novel, Christmas at Frozen Falls, I knew she had a knack for transporting the reader to the setting of the book, and Summer at the Highland Coral Beach was no ...more
This is a roller coaster romance, starting with hope, dashed with disaster, unexpected escape, dramatic encounters and a heartwarming finale that even has another twist! It deals with some difficult issues in a sensitive manner, without making light of the heartbreak they cause.

Beatrice Halliday has had enough. In just a few months she lost her job, her baby and her husband of ten years. Wanting a change, she books a holiday to Port Willow Bay, a beautiful Scottish seaside village where she
Ritu Bhathal
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kiley Dunbar is an author who I have come to love, having read her first two releases swiftly in 2019.
Summer at the Highland Coral Beach most definitely didn't disappoint my expectations.
A feel-good story, with a touch of sadness, but filled with positivity and hope.
Beatrice finds herself in a rickety old pub hotel in Port Willow, a tiny village in Scotland after the devastation of a miscarriage and separation.
A drunken decision to get away, at first, seems like a great idea, but after arriving,
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I absolutely adored "Christmas at Frozen Falls" so I had to read "Summer at the Highland Coral Beach" no matter what. While being an interesting story and being beautifully written I didn't enjoy it as much as the author's previous title.

It deals with some serious themes, as loss and recovery, so it not the usual light romantic read. Beatrice was a well developed character but, in my opinion, she spent so much time wallowing in self pity that the story resented a little bit. As much as she was
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, the
location in the Scottish Highlands was stunning. The Scottish Dialect was written beautifully in my opinion. You could really hear the residents voices when they spoke, this gave the story more character.
I liked the character of Beatrice, she had been through loss of her Mother, and a Miscarriage, and was trying to get away from it all. Miscarriage affects a lot of people, but it is often hidden, and not talked about. It is admirable to have Miscarriage as
Pam Robertson
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a warm and escapist read which transports you to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and in fact, the setting is a major part of the story. Beatrice is a well drrawn character, full of courage who looks to solves problems and is empathetic, looking to bring people together. Trying to come to terms with her tragic past, she can still look outside her troubles and think about the community she meets.

Port Willow Bay is a promising place for a new series and I am sure that there will be plenty
Susanne Scott
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly beautifully moving book.
This was my first book by this author and I was totally blown away. Right from the very start I was captivated. I was drawn to Beatrice and needed to know her story. The time jump from first to second chapter kept me wondering what really did happen, and kept me guessing what her next step was going to be. The way Beatrices story slowly unfolds was beautiful and so very moving at times. Atholl was an amazing character, the only one to truly see
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I thought this story was interesting. It centers around Beatrice who has been married for 10 years and is turning 40 within the year. Beatrice has just found out she is pregnant and is waiting for her husband to come home so that she can share the news when the story opens.
By Chapter 2, Beatrice has booked an unplanned trip to the Highlands of Scotland and is no longer pregnant or with her husband. The story of what happens unfolds over the rest of the book.
While she is in Scotland, Beatrice
Kayleigh Brown
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This my first book by this author and I am going to start off by saying what a beautiful and eye-catching cover. This story revolves around the main character Beatrice, who after some pretty awful events in her life drunken whim books a break in the highlands of Scotland, instantly regretting it once she arrives. This is not a typical light and airy rom-com there are a lot of tough issues covered which I at times found hard going and I felt just as exhausted as Beatrice. I can, however, relate ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This fits well into the genre of heroines leaving their problems behind to go to some remote village where they get caught up in the small-town customs and quirky people while finding a new romantic interest.

Beatrice has suffered a heartbreaking loss and decides, on a whim, to travel to a small town in the Highlands where the inn has the intriguing offer of craft classes to entice new customers. There Beatrice encounters the hunky brother of the inns manager. Soon shell have to decide if she can
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Christmas at Frozen Falls, so I jumped on the chance to read Summer at the Highland Coral Beach. This is more of an emotional book than Frozen Falls, as it deals with miscarriage and the resultant grief. I enjoyed this story, and I thought the balance of Beatrice learning to cope with her grief, and the romance, was handled well. The characters were all interesting, and had their own stories and motivations. The sense of place was great, and I loved Port Willow. Ill definitely be looking ...more
Tammy Bramley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this story! Beatrice has some major life changes in her life and finds herself at an inn in the middle of nowhere, small-town Scotland. A story of finding yourself, healing, and moving forward.
This is my second Dunbar novel and I am a fan! Her stories seem to have a heavier aspect to them, but they are beautifully written, the characters are so easy to fall in love with, and you find yourself cheering them in and mentally pushing them in the right direction.
There were moments
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Beautiful and uplifting read, exactly what is needed right now ! I loved Bea and Atholl, they were adorable as are all the characters, I loved Seth so much ! This was an emotional read for me, there were plenty of tears along with Bea over the loss of her baby, its so well handled and beautifully written, a heartwarming and also heartbreaking read, but with a lovely happy end. A truly lovely read and one I thoroughly recommend Id love for the author to return to these characters so much and if ...more
Miss Sara L Walker
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Kiley Dunbar novel but it definitely wont be my last. I devoured this book in one sitting; unable to put it down. Great setting and really lovely characters that youd love to meet in real life. Atholl was a compelling hero but even the more minor characters like Seth were rounded likeable oeopje. I really liked the emotional angle that set this apart from your usual chick lit - Beatrices situation was handled beautifully and my heart ached for her at times but there were some ...more
Christine Galletly
My review will be live on donnasbookblog on 29th March 2020 as part of the blog tour!

I thought that this was an excellent book and it would really brighten your day it is a genuine heartfelt romantic story!

I thought that the characters were very good, they were well developed, laid back and they were genuine, they were well developed and their interaction was perfect!

The writing style was perfect for me, I thought that the author did an excellent job with the story, it was full of longing and
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think that Atholl and Beatrice fell in love too fast in this book. They only knew each other for not even 10 days. Otherwise it's a feel good story about Beatrice getting over a miscarriage and her husband moving out of their home by going on vacation to Scotland and getting involved in the lives of the innkeepers and friends. I enjoyed the story and felt good that Beatrice found herself at the end. #SummerattheHighlandCoralBeach #NetGalley
Zee Monodee
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
4.5 stars
What a beautiful, subtle, and gentle story charting a road to recovery and healing... I was a bit wary at the lost baby part but this was handled so beautifully, and I couldn't not root for Beatrice throughout. The Scottish setting was so adorable, and the characters were all lovable mad hats and it all just came together as a warm, beautiful, cozy read that puts balm on your heart and gives your soul a hug
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect escapist story I needed.
It's well written, the plot flows and the characters are likeable.
It's an engrossing and heartwarming read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
With thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review.
First time reading this Author I did read to the end but found that it was a book with very little substance the two brothers of the hotel were the highlight of the book.
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