Reclaiming Love ~ A Review

Reclaiming Love by Amanda Radley is a character driven romance with appealing protagonists that will capture your heart. The story also contains some reader-favorite tropes including age-gap, slow-burn, fake girlfriend/relationship, and enemies-to-lovers.

The two characters meet when Sarah Campbell is sent to a small Scottish island by her high tech employer to work on a very secret project. Sarah has a few problems though. The house her company bought for her to live and work in is in shambles, and Sarah is worried it will collapse with her inside one day, especially since she has absolutely no maintenance or handyperson skills. Enter Pippa Kent, the best handywoman on the island even if she is a bit outspoken in her thoughts about Sarah’s lack of household repair skills. The two have a rough start but eventually become friends with an undercurrent of simmering chemistry. Then Sarah’s eco-terrorist mother shows up to visit her daughter and “Natalie”, the nonexistent girlfriend Sarah invented to explain to her mother why she moved to this remote island.

Both Sarah and Pippa have baggage from their pasts that cause angst in this tale. Sarah has a mother who has always been distant and emotionally abusive to Sarah, disparaging everything from her looks to the job she chose. Pippa is a widower who is determined not to fall in love again. Both women are very well written. Their story had me hooked from the beginning. The setting is both beautiful and vivid. Now I want to visit a remote Scottish island just like this one. I just have to talk my partner into it.

Ms. Radley has created a love story that all romance lovers, and especially her many fans with enjoy. I’m very glad I had the chance to read this novel.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.


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