A drenching rain, a dry Scottish pub, and two people who shouldn’t fall in love.

Olivia Boyd is lost in more ways than one. Since her mother’s passing, her passion for Scottish folk music and her dissertation have been left adrift. Just as her doctoral hopes seem to be slipping away, a visiting professor from Scotland offers her Edinburgh flat for the semester. When Olivia jumps at the chance for a semester abroad, her boyfriend breaks up with her. Undeterred, Olivia travels to Scotland alone.

Behind the bar at The Red Rose, a quaint Edinburgh pub that’s been in his family for generations, stands Max Cameron. Having abandoned university after his father’s stroke, Max has committed to keeping the family pub alive. But when his girlfriend leaves him to pursue her career dreams, Max is left with an unneeded ring and an unfulfilled life.

Five years later, Max’s friends have moved on to the lives they’ve always dreamed of, while he’s still pouring pints in a pub. Then rain-drenched Olivia steps into the pub, and everything changes.

The Red Rose is a heartwarming tale of love, hope, and finding the way home.


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.