Coming Fall 2022
A drenching rain, a dry Scottish pub, and two people who shouldn’t fall in love.
Olivia’s doctoral dissertation on Scottish folk music is foundering. Her father’s death threw her off balance, and now it’s affecting her work. She’s lost her graduate teaching assistantship, and her doctoral hopes seem to be slipping away. When a visiting professor from Scotland offers her a free Edinburgh flat for the semester, Olivia jumps at the chance. Her career depends on it.
When, at the end of his first year of university, Max’s father has a stroke, Max quits school to run the pub that’s been in his family for generations. Letting go of his career goal is gut-wrenching, but his girlfriend helps him through it. Three years later, at her graduation, she breaks the news that she’s been accepted to her dream graduate school in London. Max forces a supportive smile, shoves a small velvet jewelry box deeper into his pocket, and bids her farewell the next day.
Two years later, Max’s friends have all moved on to the lives they’d dreamed of, while he’s still pulling pints in a pub. Then Olivia ducks into the pub to get out of the rain, and everything changes.
My next book, The Red Rose, has a little something to do with Scottish folk songs, so I’ve made a writing playlist. I make one for every book I write, but since this is directly related to the story, I thought I’d share.
For all you ethnomusicologists out there, yes, I know I’ve mixed in some Irish music, but, there’s a lot of overlap between the two. So if I like it, I included it. If you like what you hear, support the artists by buying their music.