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So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?
A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?
She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.
Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.
He can’t wait for it to be over.
When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.
Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.
Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?
A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.
Well, what a combination!
A thirty-something cat lover who has given up on men, and has a strange obsession with the Sound of Music, and a famous Rock n Roll star trying to make his name as a serious musician, who has people (especially women) eating out of the palm of his hand!
Actually, it is the different personalities which make this such a riveting read.
Suki has a heart of gold but a feisty character and she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. So when she meets famous musician Pete at a hotel in Salzburg things don’t get off to a brilliant start. Suki isn’t impressed with fame and money, she doesn’t hang off Pete’s every word, she sees him as a normal person, with feelings, and she quickly sees through the tough Rock Star exterior.
Pete has become tired of the celebrity life, with no privacy and a pack of press behind him at every turn. He loves music and wants to be seen for his musical ability, not for the size of his bank balance. He also has tragedy in his past, the details of which he is trying to deal with, and an enemy intent on revenge! He is fascinated with Suki, one of the only people who take the time to get to know the person behind the pop star, who talks to him honestly and has his best interests at heart.
So what an interesting and refreshing change this is. Don’t expect a sugar-coated Christmas romance, this one packs a punch!
In her debut novel, Kiltie Jackson has produced an absolute gem. She has a wonderful way of making characters leap off the page and into your hearts. My one worry at the start of the book was that there were too many characters, but as the pages progress they all fit into the story beautifully.
Attention to detail is also the key when it comes to describing the beautiful location of Salzburg, Austria. You can actually feel the sub-zero temperatures and taste the delicious hot chocolate, whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery.
Interesting subplots and side characters weave there way through the story. I loved Suki’s mum, devoted to her daughter, and single for many years, will she find a partner or is she destined to be alone?
Kiltie has packed this novel with fun, drama, friendships, and suspense. I can’t wait for the next one and don’t think we will be disappointed.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Kiltie Jackson
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.
In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
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