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An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch, by Kennedy Kerr

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Deb is recuperating from a hysterectomy and has an epiphany about the state of her relationship with Dan. She accepts a role as events planner for May Day at Loch Cameron and is soon welcomed into the small community. But she also discovers a family secret that overshadows her experience of the loch…
An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch is the 5th book in the Loch Cameron series.
Ooh poor Deb! Dan is selfish and I loathed his behaviour, desperate for Deb to realise her value and make the break. I felt so sorry for Deb as she attempts to adjust to her hysterectomy and the associated joy at the release from pain but also the fear of pushing her body and emotions. Then she makes a discovery about her grandmother’s past that links her to the loch and explains the generational pain the family has experienced.
There is a huge amount of emotion in this book. The hysterectomy is dealt with sensitively and I felt that Deb’s physcial and emotional response was authentic. I can’t really imagine a man reading this book due to the female reproductive health emphasis. Deb’s family history and the layers of generational pain gradually comes to the fore. I liked the idea of breaking the cycle and atoning for the past. In contrast though, I thought Deb treats Kyle quite badly and his emotional journey is barely explored until the final chapter.
An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch is an emotional book set in a wonderful Scottish community.
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Book: An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch
Author: Kennedy Kerr
Pub Day:  May 28th 2024
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High on the hills above the wide blue loch, Deb pulls the torn, sepia photograph out of her pocket, tracing her thumb over the girl pictured playing happily amongst the heather. Her grandmother hid this secret for decades…
After losing her sense of self recovering from a serious operation, event planner Deb Sutherland is desperate to reconnect with her family and start living again. So, when an email arrives from the Laird of Loch Cameron asking her to plan his annual Spring Fling, Deb packs her life into her car and makes for the rolling hills of the Highlands. This could be her chance to explore the Scottish roots her beloved grandmother refused to speak about.
Auditioning bands and designing decorations at the Laird’s grand castle, Deb runs into property developer Kyle Abernethy on the edge of the manicured gardens. Kyle is maddeningly arrogant, but Deb can’t deny how his icy blue eyes make her stomach flip. And as they share a bottle of wine overlooking the glittering loch, Deb finds herself laughing like she hasn’t in years.
But when Deb finds an old map of tumbledown worker’s cottages in the castle archives, her heart stops. She remembers how tearful her grandmother would get when asked about her childhood. Was Loch Cameron her home before her family was tragically torn apart? Has Kyle been hiding this truth from her all along?
As the Spring Fling approaches, should Deb run from Loch Cameron for good? Or will confronting her heart-breaking family history mean she can finally move forward with Kyle by her side?

Author Bio
Kennedy Kerr is a USA Today Bestselling fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle’s nap schedule one day.
Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it. Her favourite foods include (but are not limited to) Indian food, Victoria sponge, breakfast pastries with coffee and sushi. The only thing she’s not particularly keen on is artichoke, and she’d eat it, anyway.
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