Matchmaking at Port Willow
An uplifting, beautifully romantic read that will warm your heart
by Kiley Dunbar
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Pub Date 16 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 12 Aug 2021
Beatrice found love at Port Willow – now she’s helping others
Since arriving in the Scottish Highlands village of Port Willow six months ago while nursing a broken heart, Beatrice Halliday has turned her life around.
Now she’s running The Princess and the Pea Inn, madly in love with gorgeous boyfriend Atholl Fergusson, and welcoming visitors from around the globe.
Life couldn’t be sweeter – until a surprise discovery threatens to turn her life upside down. Trying to distract herself, eternal romantic Beatrice sets her sights on rekindling the romance between an empty-nester couple holidaying at the Inn, while also trying to bring together city girl Nina, who’s hiding her pain behind a tough exterior, and Atholl’s handsome, easygoing cousin, Mutt.
But as Beatrice is about to learn, sometimes the magic of Port Willow doesn’t work on everyone…
A gorgeously uplifting read all about finding love and friendship, set in the beautiful Scottish countryside – fans of Jenny Colgan and Trisha Ashley will love this heartwarming, totally romantic read.
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Average rating from 36 members
set in the scottish highlands Beatrice runs the Princess and the Pea Inn. sweet story of Beatrice and the people who visit the inn. this is the first book I have read by Kiley Dunbar by I will definitely read her others.
This is the first Kiley Dunbar book I’ve read and whilst it does seem to continue on from a previous novel I didn’t have any problems with missing background although I think if you’re considering this I’d look at reading the previous one first just to avoid spoilers. It’s a very character led book with loved up Beatrice honing in on a few hotel guests that she feels would benefit from some gentle meddling both to start a relationship and to relight one. I liked that the issues of miscarriage and menopause were both well covered although overall this is still a warm and lighthearted read.
A story of match making, realisation and reawakening. Port Willow a village by the sea in Scotland people seem to run away to Port Willow, Nina gets sent there by her New York company after a break up with her boss. Sad and dejected she searches for the next big thing but instead finds out what is really important in life. Keeps you interested throughout with a crafting feeling.
Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. What a nice lovely story this was and with a great location and characters, I really enjoyed it.
It was lovely being back in the village of Port Willow and reading about familiar characters. Beatrice is quite annoying in this book but apart from that it was a lovely story to read.
Another wonderful and heartwarming book from Kiley Dunbar. I haven’t read the first book in this series, but that doesn’t detract from the story at all as the characters are well written and believable (having said that, I will be buying the first book as I absolutely fell in love with Port Willow and it’s gorgeous residents!) . It is a story of heartbreak, running away, new beginnings, life and love after children have left home and village life. Simply wonderful. There is mention of miscarriage in this book, if this is an issue for you. However, the thread of the story I was particularly pleased to read was Ruth and her struggle with the menopause, something you rarely read about in a novel, let alone anywhere else, and I thought that Kiley did a great job of describing how it can feel to be menopausal, feeling overlooked, unloved, unimportant and invisible as well as the well know hot flushes and those ‘rages!’ Highly recommended. I hope we will be treated to another visit to Port Willow - I’m sure Gene has a story to be told (just saying Kiley 😉……)
This book is a delightful way to spend a few hours just daydreaming and drifting away. I started reading it intending to just catch a couple of chapters but before I knew it four hours had disappeared. This is one of those books you don’t want to end because it’s such a beautiful way to spend time. Buy this book as soon as it comes out and you will be transported to a little oasis of calm and romance. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I loved this book! It's the second in the series but can easily be read as a stand-alone (although I'm immediately going to buy the first one b/c I enjoyed this one so much). The author calls this book her "sweet and sentimental story about love after loss". Trigger warning for miscarriage. It was handled very gently but I still want to give people a heads up about it. Loved the menopause rep in this book!!!! Usually in an ensemble book there's a set of characters that I don't care about but in this book I loved them all. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hera Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Hera Books!