Book Review: Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar

Posted September 9, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 8 Comments

Matchmaking at Port Willow
Matchmaking at Port Willow
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by Kiley Dunbar
Publication Date September 16, 2021
Published by Hera books Ltd
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Genres: Fiction / Animals, Fiction / Cultural Heritage, Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Feminist, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / General, Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Mashups, Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Later in Life, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

Beatrice found love at Port Willow – now she’s helping others

Since arriving in the Scottish Highlands village of Port Willow six months ago while nursing a broken heart, Beatrice Halliday has turned her life around.

Now she’s running The Princess and the Pea Inn, madly in love with gorgeous boyfriend Atholl Fergusson, and welcoming visitors from around the globe.

Life couldn’t be sweeter – until a surprise discovery threatens to turn her life upside down. Trying to distract herself, eternal romantic Beatrice sets her sights on rekindling the romance between an empty-nester couple holidaying at the Inn, while also trying to bring together city girl Nina, who’s hiding her pain behind a tough exterior, and Atholl’s handsome, easygoing cousin, Mutt.

But as Beatrice is about to learn, sometimes the magic of Port Willow doesn’t work on everyone...

My Review:

Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar is the second book in her Port Willow Bay series, however, it can easily be read as a stand-alone book. It is a heartwarming, and sweet story with a load of quirky characters in a small-town setting.

Nina works in a glamorous company in New York City called MicroTrend, a company that seeks new luxury products to sell to the rich and famous who are always looking for the next new thing. Her boyfriend, Luke, took her under his wing when she was an intern with the company and he engineered her rise in the company due to his rich and famous friends and contacts. Just before Christmas, Nina is called into the CEO’s office and is demoted and sent to the Scottish Highlands to find new and exciting new products. She’s sure the demotion is due to her boyfriend, Luke, finding a new girlfriend while on a business trip to Tokyo and dumping her via a letter given to her by his assistant.

Nina ends up in Port Willow at the Princess and the Pea Inn, run by Beatrice and Atholl. At the Inn, she meets Murray or Mutt as the locals call him, a decorator, working with Beatrice and Atholl to spruce up the Inn. Nina wants to find something amazing to bring back to her company and prove that she can do her job without Luke’s help and his social contacts, and is not interested in staying in Port Willow any longer than she has to.

I loved the small village of Port Willow and its quirky inhabitants. Beatrice and Atholl are so endearing and adorable, and their love story continues in this second book in this series. The Inn is vividly described as well as the surrounding village and the willow fields. I also enjoyed the lonely empty-nester couple, Ruth and Mark as Beatrice helps them to overcome their fractured marriage. Nina is a lot more difficult to relate to. Her ambition to succeed led her to a disastrous relationship with Luke and it was difficult for me to sympathize with her, even when Luke dumped her in a very cowardly way. She’s abrupt and single-minded in her search for the next great product, and she doesn’t have any empathy or interest in the townspeople. She does eventually redeem herself, although it was later in the story and almost too late for me.

I recommend this book to lovers of small-town romance and heartwarming stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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