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Title: UNDER A STORM SWEPT SKY
Author: Beth Anne Miller
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Under a Storm-Swept Sky:
An eighty-mile trek across the rugged, stunning beauty of Scotland’s Isle of Skye isn’t something I imagined myself doing. Ever. This isn’t a trail for beginners. And I’m not a hiker.
But I have to finish it, even if it kills me. I have no choice.
With the ever-changing weather and relentless terrain, I’m in over my head.
Rory Sutherland, my guide on this adventure, is not happy. We clash with every mile, but we recognize a shared pain. Not only is the journey a struggle, but the tension between us is taut with unsaid words. And hope.
He’s broken. I’m damaged. Together, we’re about to make the perfect storm.
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My ARC Review:
This was my first book by Beth and not my usual type of read. I was very intrigued by the blurb, Scotland being a place I have visited a few times with my family, but never made it to the Isle of Skye, but after reading this I would love to visit!! This book turned out to be so much more than I was expecting!! I was captivated by the story within the first few pages, and the descriptive writing and heart in the story-line transported me all the way to the Isle of Skye, I could quite literally be there taking in its breathtaking splendor!!
The story of two broken souls, Amelia is an American tourist having signed up to an 80 mile trek around Skye with no walking experience, doing the walk in place of her friend who was injured in an accident. Of course there is more to this background than just that, she is battling her own demons and has the strength and courage to be there on her own to battle through them. Rory is one of the Scottish walking guides, gruff, sour and and snappy with Amelia, they really get on each others nerves. Rory has his own demons that he has to fight whilst out walking with the tourists, trying to teach them all the skills they will need to complete their journey safely.
Rory turns out to be the one to be able to help Amelia complete her trek, discovering how attracted they are to each other and the chemistry between them along the way. Both have walls up to protect themselves from getting hurt, but these need to be broken down and understood if they have any chance of being together.
This book takes you on a beautiful and emotional journey as Rory and Amelia discover themselves and help to heal each other. The amazingly picturesque setting of Skye form the perfect backdrop to this story and really transports you there with its vivid and lifelike descriptions. This book really did pull me in from start to finish and really took me by surprise just how much I loved the story and how immersive it was. A heart-warming tale full of emotions that really got under my skin and left a vivid mark. Highly recommended reading.
Beth Anne Miller’s Guest Post on Under A Storm-Swept Sky
In 2016, I hiked Scotland’s ninety-six-mile West Highland Way. I’d never done anything like that before, plus I was going alone and joining a group of strangers, so it was going to be an adventure in every sense of the word. I lucked out with a week of brilliant blue skies and weather that was almost too warm to walk in—not quite what I expected for Scotland. But the hills…
I returned home with a feeling of accomplishment, blisters, and sore muscles—and the idea for a book.
The heroine would be a novice hiker, who’s doing a long-distance trek in Scotland. She butts heads with the guide, who doesn’t think she belongs there. But where to set it? The West Highland Way, while difficult for me, isn’t that bad if you’re an experienced hiker, and I needed my heroine to struggle.
I remembered how I felt on the Isle of Skye, off Scotland’s west coast. Coming from flat Long Island, I always love looking at mountains. But something about Skye’s mountains and their close proximity to the sea called to me in a different way, and I knew that I wanted to set my book there.
I spent a few days on Skye for research. My friend and I walked up Glen Sligachan on a dreary morning, surrounded by the towering Black Cuillins to the right and the Red Cuillins to the left. I looked at one hill that seemed it would be easy to climb. With a smile, my friend told me to go for it, and that she’d wait for me. I hoofed it up the slope, reaching the top of a ridge—and realized why she’d smiled. My perception of the distance was completely off. From down below, I hadn’t seen the ridge, and the top of that hill I *thought* I could easily get to was pretty far away (and higher than it looked).
Under suddenly clear blue skies, we then headed to the Quiraing, a landscape that looks like it should be on another planet, with dramatic formations that are the result of a landslip. The views from the trail were spectacular. But the wind! More than once, we’d come around a corner and stagger under the force of it—disconcerting when there’s a steep drop-off just a few feet away. We turned back after we reached the end of the first stage of the walk, and I discovered that descending a scree (gravel) slope with gusting wind behind you is not easy—or maybe it’s too easy, as I immediately lost my balance and sat down—thankfully bruising nothing more than my ego (and my bum).
Yes, Skye was definitely where I would set my book, sending my poor heroine out in unpredictable weather on the mountainous, windswept trails, along the edges of crumbling cliffs. But at least I gave her a sexy guide for company!
About Beth Anne Miller:
Beth Anne Miller has a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which has influenced all her writing to date. Her first novel is a time travel called INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST; her second, A STAR TO STEER HER BY, has a Scottish hero; and her newest book, UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY, is set on the Isle of Skye, and was inspired by her own long-distance treks in Scotland. A native New Yorker, Beth Anne lives on Long Island and works in the publishing industry. She’s looking forward to her next trip to Scotland.
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