Monday, September 28, 2020

Review - - A Highlander is Coming to Town


A Highlander is Coming to Town
by Laura Trentham
Highand, Georgia - Book 3
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day—whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something—or someone—else out in the wider world calling to him?

To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season—including the new and lasting love?

PJ's Thoughts:

A Highlander is Coming to Town is another enjoyable story in Laura Trentham's Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series. I've been looking forward to learning more about Holt and am delighted that he turned out to be as endearing, kind, steadfast, and genuinely nice as I had hoped he would be. Claire, on the other hand, is new to Highland. She's prickly, secretive, and a fish out of water. Highland may pride itself on its Scottish roots but northern Georgia is a far cry from Claire's home in Scotland.  

Claire has never known unconditional love, never fully trusted another person, never known anyone to perform a kindness without expecting something in return (thanks to her dysfunctional family). Small wonder she regards Southern hospitality with skepticism. I enjoyed watching her slowly lower those protective walls she has built around herself as she gets to know Ms. Meadows (the elderly woman she works for), Holt, and others in the small community. I also enjoyed watching her shake up Holt and his rather complacent life. Holt grounds her, giving her a safe place to land while Claire opens his eyes to possibilities he hadn't considered. 

The pace of this book is slow and easy, with minimal angst, a bit of steam, a lively group of townspeople, and a happily ever after I can believe in. Fans of the series will enjoy new events in Anna's and Iain's relationship (book 2 - A Highlander in a Pickup) while readers new to Highland, Georgia should be able to jump in with A Highlander is Coming to Town


  1. Golly Gee, I am just here to discuss books. I love this series, and I thank you for your review. Since the first book, it has been evident that Ms Tentham has shared her perfect sense of humor with her readers. And yes, I agree, Holt is a sweetheart. Clair needed exactly who he is.

    Thanks again for this review.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  2. Sounds like a good Holiday read. A pace that is slow and easy is always good around the holidays. Gives us a chance to take a break and take a breath. Thank you for the review. Holt and Claire sound like characters worth getting to know.

  3. I enjoy reading Ms. Trentham books and this series is just a lot of fun!

  4. Thanks for your good review. Can’t wait to read it myself.

  5. I've red the first 2 books in this series and loved them! This sounds like another awesome book that I can't wait to read. Thanks for the great review.