The Cosy Castle on the Loch: Summer

Written by Alice Ross


Helen Sutherland can hardly believe her luck. Not only is she the proud manager of the gorgeous new tearoom at the magical Glenduff Castle, but her new venture means she can indulge her passion for baking – every day.

But not everything in Helen’s life is running so smoothly. After years of supporting husband, Gordon, in his business endeavours, he doesn’t appear remotely interested in hers.

Indeed, the only thing in which Gordon does appear remotely interested is himself.

So, when Helen finds herself increasingly attracted to another man, it isn’t just cake mix she has on her hands, but a rather large dilemma. One that forces her to decide if her marriage is worth saving. Or if, like several of the ingredients in her fridge, it has reached its expiry date.

This is the second of four short stories in The Cosy Castle on the Loch series.




Wonderfully Warm!   5 stars


The Cosy Castle on the Loch is turning into another fabulous series from the talented Alice Ross .. and just the thing for the warmer weather (which, finally, has arrived)!

Helen Sutherland is very nervous about the opening of the new cafe at Glenduff Castle. Happy to be baking each day, she worries if any customers will turn up to sample the goodies. Her husband Gordon is – to put it mildly – so wrapped up in his own business affairs that he is quite dismissive of her new venture. Not quite the supportive spouse she needs! In fact, far from helping he seems hell bent on putting as many obstacles in the way as he possibly can.

Work turns out to be something of a sanctuary for Helen, and an emergency leak introduces her to local plumber Tom with the twinkling eyes. But as Helen is well aware of the ring on her finger and the promises attached to it, she vows to put all her effort into her marriage and rekindling their love.

This story is everything I’ve come to expect from this author. Great characterisation, a skilfully written tale and a most beautiful setting. A wonderfully warm read, this series is developing with each book and I’m already looking forward to the third one. Glenduff comes across as the perfect place to live and work, and these novels do a great job of selling the highlands of Scotland!

I am extremely grateful to author Alice Ross for my copy of her latest novel. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1269 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publication Date: 19 April 2018
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Meet the Author


71Su7BjlCaL._SY200_Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.

One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.

Missing Blighty (including the weather – but don’t tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.

When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don’t ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.

Alice loves to hear from her readers. You can get in touch with her via Twitter @aliceross22



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