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That Autumn in Edinburgh

by Ciji Ware

Rated: High

Fiona Maxwell Fraser is a designer for a top-end company in New York and comes from a family in North Carolina that’s made furniture for years. She’s also fairly well acquainted with her Scottish roots. When she meets a very handsome Scot, then, wearing full regalia and accompanied by a bagpiper at a design conference, she can’t help but be attracted to him. The problem, though: he’s married.

Five years later, she’s trying to help salvage her family’s struggling business while making a new home-furnishings line at her company, and she gets the idea to make it Scottish-themed. Then she can’t help thinking of the handsome Alexander Maxwell, who also just happens to own a textile company. She calls him to use him as a business contact, of course, and travels to Scotland to scout out all the possibilities.

The two wonder why they are so drawn to each other, and they find there is actually a long-ago love connection between their ancestors. Perhaps the connection can be made right in the current day….

That Autumn in Edinburghis entertaining, an easy and fun read, and a really nice armchair trip to Scotland. It’s not great or memorable but mostly enjoyable.

Some odd coincidences: I sometimes read multiple books at once, and I’ve been reading the also newly-released novel based on historical figures (one from Scotland and one from America) The Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan. Just so happened that I’m reading about Robert Louis Stevenson’s address on Heriot Street in Edinburgh in both books. And the really weird thing is in both books characters get dogs and name them Walter. Weird indeed.

Rated: High. There is only one use of strong language and not much other language, but there are three or four sex scenes, and they’re just a little too detailed and long to be only moderate.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • That Autumn in Edinburgh
  • by Ciji Ware
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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