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The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs...and highlanders! You better watch out. . . 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, Ho The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs...and highlanders! You better watch out. . . 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?


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The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs...and highlanders! You better watch out. . . 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, Ho The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs...and highlanders! You better watch out. . . 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?

30 review for A Highlander is Coming to Town

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham Highland, Georgia series book 3. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone romance. Previous book primary characters do make cameo appearances. Claire took a caretaker job in Highland, GA after quitting her singing lead in the Scottish band. Holt helps Claire with a flat bicycle tire and the two find their attraction growing the more time they spend together. An engaging romance rich with phrases like “The oblivion of pleasure was nigh.“ S A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham Highland, Georgia series book 3. Contemporary romance. Can be read as a stand-alone romance. Previous book primary characters do make cameo appearances. Claire took a caretaker job in Highland, GA after quitting her singing lead in the Scottish band. Holt helps Claire with a flat bicycle tire and the two find their attraction growing the more time they spend together. An engaging romance rich with phrases like “The oblivion of pleasure was nigh.“ Smart and satisfying. I loved the caring you’ll read about. Excerpt “Whatcha doing?” The whispered question came with a puff of breath along her cheek. She let out a squeal, which drew everyone’s eyes toward her. Exactly the sort of attention she tried to avoid. Holt Pierson was hunched behind her, his chin nearly on her shoulder. Her hood had hidden her from over-curious, prying eyes, but also masked his approach. “You scared the dickens out of me. What are you doing in a library?” [...] “I can read. And write, when I put my mind to it. Shocking, I know.” He winked. The tease in his voice was like a favorite shirt he wore with ease. Did the man ever get defensive or ruffled? “That was badly done of me. Pardon,” she said stiffly. “I shouldn’t have assumed just because you look like you do, you don’t possess a decent number of brain cells.” His eyebrows bounced up and his smile took on a wicked crook. He leaned down, and she caught the scent of fresh laundry and shaving cream. The slash of tanned skin between his collar and his jaw beckoned her closer. What would his skin feel like against her lips? “A decent number of brain cells? You’re making me blush,” he said. “But I’m more interested in what I look like in your eyes. Do tell.” He looked like a delicious decadent treat she wanted to devour.” Excerpt from A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham. I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I wanted to like A Highlander is Coming to Town, but I struggled to care about this poor little rich girl romance. I haven't read the first two books in the series by Laura Trentham, but I think it works as a stand-alone. There are MCs from past books that are woven into this story, but the focus on the book is mainly on Holt and Claire. Which, to be honest, may not have been a good thing... The story wasn't a bad one, but the chemistry just fell really flat. It all seemed so forced. Claire was e I wanted to like A Highlander is Coming to Town, but I struggled to care about this poor little rich girl romance. I haven't read the first two books in the series by Laura Trentham, but I think it works as a stand-alone. There are MCs from past books that are woven into this story, but the focus on the book is mainly on Holt and Claire. Which, to be honest, may not have been a good thing... The story wasn't a bad one, but the chemistry just fell really flat. It all seemed so forced. Claire was extra angsty and hard for me to warm up to, and Holt seemed really focused on her without an apparent reason or any indication that Claire was that into him. I just never connected to the plot or main characters. With thousands of romance books under my belt, it takes a good deal to impress me. Unfortunately, A Highlander is Coming to Town wasn't it. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Sweet and romantic with a touch of heat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you are in the mood for a light-hearted, easy contemporary romance with a touch of flair, this is the one to choose. While this is a third in a series book, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Holt really made this story. He is kind and caring without being overwhelming or over bearing. He takes everything in stride and perfectly balances the gruff, standoffish feelings you get from Claire. Claire wants to hide and not call Sweet and romantic with a touch of heat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you are in the mood for a light-hearted, easy contemporary romance with a touch of flair, this is the one to choose. While this is a third in a series book, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Holt really made this story. He is kind and caring without being overwhelming or over bearing. He takes everything in stride and perfectly balances the gruff, standoffish feelings you get from Claire. Claire wants to hide and not call attention to herself, but the way she goes about it, certainly calls attention to herself too. But once she starts opening up, her sly wit and playful side comes out as well as her passion for Holt. The author blends a lovely balance between the nervous Claire and the steadfast Holt. With an easy to read style, beautiful character development, along with plenty of spice and heat, the passion flows between the pages. * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/a-highlander...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Holt Pierson, the sexy, neighbor farmer of Izzy's, has been a little down in the dumps lately. He was half in love with Izzy before Alistair scooped her up and his parents have retired to travel the US in an RV leaving him solely responsible for the farm. On a stormy night he picks up a stranded woman, and get a lot more than he expected. I had such high hopes for this book an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Holt Pierson, the sexy, neighbor farmer of Izzy's, has been a little down in the dumps lately. He was half in love with Izzy before Alistair scooped her up and his parents have retired to travel the US in an RV leaving him solely responsible for the farm. On a stormy night he picks up a stranded woman, and get a lot more than he expected. I had such high hopes for this book and it just didn't live up to them. What we got was page after page of a whiny heroine and Holt, as the hero, was a real dud. Holt Pierson is facing Christmas alone. He has sole control over the family farm now that his parents are semi-retired and traveling. And, he is just plain lonely. That is until he comes across Claire Smythe. Holt knows that Claire has secrets, but he is intrigued by the sexy former lead singer, turned caregiver for his elderly neighbor. Claire Smythe, has chosen Highland, GA to step off the path she has been on as lead singer for a Scottish traveling musical group and make some decisions about her future. She doesn't want any interaction with anyone, but that is just not possible in a small town. Especially when she has a accident and Holt comes to her rescue. It is hard to resist the handsome, ripped farmer, but she knows that nothing can come to a relationship with him. Holt is an open book and Claire has so many secrets it's difficult to see how they could ever get together. But, Holt is determined and Claire just doesn't have a prayer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Christmas comes early in Laura Trentham’s latest, A Highlander is Coming to Town. A light hearted romance set in Highland, Georgia is the third in a series but works as a stand alone. Claire is our heroine, a prickly, private, Scottish young women hiding out after leaving her band as the lead singer. The juxtaposition between her and our hero Holt, Georgia boy through and through who falls for Claire unapologetically, is striking. Holt works to get closer to Claire, Claire pushes back against ge Christmas comes early in Laura Trentham’s latest, A Highlander is Coming to Town. A light hearted romance set in Highland, Georgia is the third in a series but works as a stand alone. Claire is our heroine, a prickly, private, Scottish young women hiding out after leaving her band as the lead singer. The juxtaposition between her and our hero Holt, Georgia boy through and through who falls for Claire unapologetically, is striking. Holt works to get closer to Claire, Claire pushes back against getting close to anyone, all set against the backdrop of the small town, and Christmas approaching. The supporting cast was particularly lovely, almost to the point I was invested in them more then the main characters. This has a different feeling then Laura Trentham’s previous books, several of which I’ve loved. I enjoyed this holiday romance. I highly recommend her Cottonbloom Series. Leave the Light on is my favorite. Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to review this book. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    An actual Scottish person comes to Highland, Georgia, to run from her family responsibilities (so mysterious.) She meets a man who is the arch enemy (kinda) of the woman she works with and they have instant chemistry. I try to find a few holiday romances to recommend every year but this one has too many inconsistencies and plot holes. The big secret ends up as no big deal and some very dramatic things that happen come out of nowhere and also aren't followed up on.... it just doesn't work. It kind An actual Scottish person comes to Highland, Georgia, to run from her family responsibilities (so mysterious.) She meets a man who is the arch enemy (kinda) of the woman she works with and they have instant chemistry. I try to find a few holiday romances to recommend every year but this one has too many inconsistencies and plot holes. The big secret ends up as no big deal and some very dramatic things that happen come out of nowhere and also aren't followed up on.... it just doesn't work. It kind of felt like the author pulled elements out of a hat and tried to make them into a novel. I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my overly honest opinion. The book comes out September 29. I'm pretty sure Highland is based on a small town in NC....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    A fun, light, romantic comedy, Laura Trentham’s A HIGHLANDER IS COMING TO TOWN takes the holiday theme, a small town with quirky residents and two people, seemingly opposites and stirs up a delightful and quick read to cozy up with. Holt is kind, caring and one of those people who does what is expected of them and sometimes it may not mesh with what HE wants to do. Claire is the lead singer in a Scottish band who is hiding out in Highland, holding on tight to many, many secrets. Too bad Holt is d A fun, light, romantic comedy, Laura Trentham’s A HIGHLANDER IS COMING TO TOWN takes the holiday theme, a small town with quirky residents and two people, seemingly opposites and stirs up a delightful and quick read to cozy up with. Holt is kind, caring and one of those people who does what is expected of them and sometimes it may not mesh with what HE wants to do. Claire is the lead singer in a Scottish band who is hiding out in Highland, holding on tight to many, many secrets. Too bad Holt is determined to discover the prickly woman’s secrets and won’t let up. Layer by layer he breaks her down and once again, Cupid saves the day, because the heart wants what the heart wants. Claire was a tough character to like at first while Holt had me from page one. As the story unfolds, I found myself smiling more and more, which made this a great escape for a couple of hours! I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Paperbacks! This is my honest and voluntary review. Series: Highland, Georgia - Book 3 Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 29, 2020) Publication Date: September 29, 2020 Genre: Romantic Comedy Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    3.5 stars Since his parents left to travel the country, Holt Pierson has been left to manage the family farm, his eventual inheritance, on his own. He’s always been content with following the expected path, but lately he’s been inescapably lonely with no one to share his life with. Having just left her band, Claire Smythe has decided Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to disappear. She needs time to figure things out and between the small town and her assumed name, she should be safe from her 3.5 stars Since his parents left to travel the country, Holt Pierson has been left to manage the family farm, his eventual inheritance, on his own. He’s always been content with following the expected path, but lately he’s been inescapably lonely with no one to share his life with. Having just left her band, Claire Smythe has decided Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to disappear. She needs time to figure things out and between the small town and her assumed name, she should be safe from her family finding her. But when Claire meets Holt, she finds herself wanting to answer his curious questions honestly. As Holt brings Claire out of her shell, she begins to find a place in the small town, but she has a duty of her own to see to and can’t stay in Highland forever, no matter how strong her feelings for Holt have become. I have enjoyed Holt as a side character in the previous two books in this series and was greatly looking forward to his story. The problem is that this is definitely more Claire’s story than Holt’s. Claire’s poor little rich girl angle and ridiculous hiding and flightiness just got old for me very quickly and made her extremely unlikable for me. I wanted to shake some sense into her, and she didn’t start to grow on me until about the last 10% of the book. Also, the intimate scenes here were very vague and glossed over, and since that physical connection was such a key element in the development of the relationship between Claire and Holt, I feel like that short-changed them a bit and took away some of their believability as a couple. Given how closed off Claire was, this seems like a missed opportunity to show them opening up to each other. Claire’s situation would’ve been easily solved with some communication, but she spent nearly the entire book running. I thought Holt deserved better and even though Claire shaped up for him in the end, it still felt a little too much like a happily for now ending. Perhaps that means this series isn’t quite finished but who knows. I did enjoy this one overall and found it cute, but Holt and the general Christmas atmosphere definitely carried it for me. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advanced review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    This was such a pleasant story. As a Georgia girl who has been to Highland I was so excited to dive in. I am.a sucker for a second chance story. Claire going out for what she wanted, even though she was scared was such a great storyline. I adored Claire. Holt was dreamy and the chemistry he had with Claire was off the charts. I love that this qualifies as a "holiday book" but really I would encourage you to devour it anywhere. Thank you St Martin's Press and Netgalley for the advanced galley for my This was such a pleasant story. As a Georgia girl who has been to Highland I was so excited to dive in. I am.a sucker for a second chance story. Claire going out for what she wanted, even though she was scared was such a great storyline. I adored Claire. Holt was dreamy and the chemistry he had with Claire was off the charts. I love that this qualifies as a "holiday book" but really I would encourage you to devour it anywhere. Thank you St Martin's Press and Netgalley for the advanced galley for my honest opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *2.75 Stars* I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I got a request to read this by the publisher, I was a little dubious because of the cover. But I decided not to judge a book by its cover and give this a chance. After all, I was in the mood for an easy and fun romance. Or was I? Sometimes I wonder if I can still read straight romance novels. Some of them just seem so basic... It's always the same format. Or it just feels like it, I don't know. *2.75 Stars* I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I got a request to read this by the publisher, I was a little dubious because of the cover. But I decided not to judge a book by its cover and give this a chance. After all, I was in the mood for an easy and fun romance. Or was I? Sometimes I wonder if I can still read straight romance novels. Some of them just seem so basic... It's always the same format. Or it just feels like it, I don't know. Admittedly, I've read loads and loads of romance novels and it's getting harder and harder to satisfy me now. But I really didn't click with this one. A lot of it felt rushed and I had a little bit of trouble connecting with the characters. I quickly found out, I just didn't care. About any of it. All in all, it was okay. The end felt like it happened fast but mostly, this was fine. Shit, that sounds mean. I'm sorry. I guess this just isn't for me anymore.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    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. 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. To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hideuntil a very handsome and deeply curious Holt helps her with a flat tyre. This is the third book in the 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. 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. To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hideuntil a very handsome and deeply curious Holt helps her with a flat tyre. This is the third book in the series & is easily read on its own even though there are cameo appearances from the previous books, which personally I love. I really liked Holt who is so caring. I didn’t warm to Claire & wondered what Holt saw in her. The chemistry between the pair wasn’t there. However I found this a well written romance which was entertaining & it did keep my interest all the way but not my favourite of the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it A "Highlander is Coming to Town", by Laura Trentham (St. Martin’s Press), features a great hero, a regular guy who, besides being the handsome, sexy guy we expect, is also a good man, unashamedly pining for the heroine. Holt is very well written, a compelling character who makes mistakes but has a refreshing honesty about them and life in general. The way he falls head over heels for Claire is sweet and endearing. He’s ju I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it A "Highlander is Coming to Town", by Laura Trentham (St. Martin’s Press), features a great hero, a regular guy who, besides being the handsome, sexy guy we expect, is also a good man, unashamedly pining for the heroine. Holt is very well written, a compelling character who makes mistakes but has a refreshing honesty about them and life in general. The way he falls head over heels for Claire is sweet and endearing. He’s just an affectionate, funny, very down-to-earth person, which makes him a very likable and relatable character. Claire is also an interesting character, who grows and changes throughout the story; she’s dealing with a lot of baggage, but her issues really didn’t grab my interest. I liked the way their relationship progressed, the small town dynamics and the secondary characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    A Highlander is Coming to Town A Highland by Laura Trentham is book Three in the Highland, Georgia Series. This is the story of Claire Smythe and Holt Pierson. I have read the previous book but felt this can be a standalone book. Claire was a lead singer in a Scottish Band but has stepped away from that to become a caretaker in Highland Georgia. This will allow her down time and to get herself back on track. Holt is left to care for the family farm and is at a crossroads in his life of continui A Highlander is Coming to Town A Highland by Laura Trentham is book Three in the Highland, Georgia Series. This is the story of Claire Smythe and Holt Pierson. I have read the previous book but felt this can be a standalone book. Claire was a lead singer in a Scottish Band but has stepped away from that to become a caretaker in Highland Georgia. This will allow her down time and to get herself back on track. Holt is left to care for the family farm and is at a crossroads in his life of continuing or looking for something or someone more. This is when a chance meeting happens between Clair and Holt opening them up to something new. Enjoyed this easy read book and will be looking for more books from this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    This is a light romantic comedy about two people who couldn't be more different. Holt is kind, caring and always does what is expected of him whether he wanted to or not. Claire was hiding out in Highland so she could keep a secret. She was so worried about her secret coming out that she wouldn't let anybody get to know her, making her a hard person to like. As Holt and Claire got to know each other better, Holt knew Claire was hiding something, and he was determined to find out what it was. It This is a light romantic comedy about two people who couldn't be more different. Holt is kind, caring and always does what is expected of him whether he wanted to or not. Claire was hiding out in Highland so she could keep a secret. She was so worried about her secret coming out that she wouldn't let anybody get to know her, making her a hard person to like. As Holt and Claire got to know each other better, Holt knew Claire was hiding something, and he was determined to find out what it was. It took some time, but he finally got the truth out of her. She thought he would run away when he found out but nope. I enjoyed this story and loved the ending. I recommend it to romantic suspense fans. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    Highlander is Coming to Town was just a light fun read. It wasn't terribly Christmas-y. It was actually easy to forget that it was Christmas time as I read. I really liked the friendships between the people in the town and loved Holt and his farm. As a farmer, this was fun for me to read and relate to. While I do wish for a little more depth in the characters, it was just the right low angst read for fall. Thank you for letting me read and review. I rounded this up from 3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmassy romance! It’s warm-hearted and funny, with wonderful characters. The story is also poignant, as the main character Claire hides her true self, looking for her safe place to land. I love romance novels in which the couple have to break down barriers and allow themselves to be vulnerable and open to love.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Another romantic comedy hit my queue! I already read the first two books in this series, A Highlander Walks Into a Bar and A Highlander in a Pickup, so I knew I was in for a treat with this third book in the Highland, Georgia series. In this addition to the series, Holt Pierson is pretty much a Scrooge. Not happy about the holiday in the least, as well as taking on sudden responsibilities is not his idea of fun. Meanwhile, Claire Smythe is taking a break from her singing career to hide ou Another romantic comedy hit my queue! I already read the first two books in this series, A Highlander Walks Into a Bar and A Highlander in a Pickup, so I knew I was in for a treat with this third book in the Highland, Georgia series. In this addition to the series, Holt Pierson is pretty much a Scrooge. Not happy about the holiday in the least, as well as taking on sudden responsibilities is not his idea of fun. Meanwhile, Claire Smythe is taking a break from her singing career to hide out in Highland, Georgia. In the first two books, we had sexy Scottish men in kilts. In this book, we have a beautiful and vivacious singer who is about to turn the life of one of Georgia's own upside down, Holt Pierson. Holt and Claire could not be more different. Claire starts off as shy and reserved, but she soon becomes brash and playful. Meanwhile, Holt is gruff and stern, although loving and caring for the people in his life. But, as the saying goes, opposites attract, and that couldn't be more true for these two. Sparks fly, ignite and turn into a full flame. All the while, Claire and Holt do indeed make the perfect couple, and I enjoyed how this book was written so that we, as readers, could see the groundwork of a happily ever after come to these wonderful and deserving people. Before I read the three books in this series, Laura Trentham was a new name for me. I loved reading her books and enjoyed her writing style, the characters, conflicts and conclusions of each book. I do hope there is more in this series. If not, I look forward to perusing her backlist so that I can continue to be entertained by her. Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Move over, Santa. This year, a man in a kilt is coming to town... Former lead singer for the Scottish rock band, the Scunners, Claire is hiding out in Highland, Georgia, while sorting out some personal issues. She dreads her inevitable return to Scotland, where she must face her distant parents and determine--once and for all--if she is ready and willing to lead the life they want for her. In the meantime, she's stayi I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Move over, Santa. This year, a man in a kilt is coming to town... Former lead singer for the Scottish rock band, the Scunners, Claire is hiding out in Highland, Georgia, while sorting out some personal issues. She dreads her inevitable return to Scotland, where she must face her distant parents and determine--once and for all--if she is ready and willing to lead the life they want for her. In the meantime, she's staying as the live-in caretaker for Ms. Meadows, an elderly widow with a lot of spunk. She doesn't have the time or inclination to get involved with anyone, let alone Holt Pierson. Especially Holt Pierson, because Ms. Meadows can't stand him. All around nice guy and Highland's golden boy (and recent Laird of the Games at the Highlands Scottish Fair) Holt Pierson finds Ms. Meadows' less-than-friendly views on him to be fair. After all, his father had been harassing the old woman about buying her property since Holt was small. And he hasn't exactly been that good of a neighbor to her, especially when she needs it the most. But he's determined to change that. And, no, not just because she now has a really pretty girl living with her. Of course not. He's not interested in Claire. Except, he really, really is... Can Holt and Claire get a Christmas miracle? And will the first annual Highland Burns Festival be a success? And what's wrong with Anna Maitland? A fantastic conclusion to the Highland trilogy, "A Highlander is Coming to Town" is wonderfully Christmassy and festive despite the warm weather that Highland can't escape (living in Georgia's neighboring state, South Carolina, I feel ya...). This is a beautiful final trip to Highland, where we get to see a whole new Scottish festival, see familiar faces again, and catch up on all the latest gossip of the small town. And, more importantly, we finally get to see Holt in a leading role, and getting all the romance he deserves! Plus, Scottish accents and kilts. What's not to love? (There's a particular chapter that is near and dear to my heart, featuring Holt and Iain attempting--and failing--to cook. It is the best thing I have ever read.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judy Christiana

    While the world is dealing with Covid19, this book was a nice escape for me. It has a great plot that does not have the normal conflict between the main male and female characters (Holt and Claire). The issue between them is that a major life decision needs to be made that will either keep them close in location or bring them apart. I enjoyed the interaction of Holt and Claire. Both of them are really good people and I cared about them. I adore stories with a character of the older population and While the world is dealing with Covid19, this book was a nice escape for me. It has a great plot that does not have the normal conflict between the main male and female characters (Holt and Claire). The issue between them is that a major life decision needs to be made that will either keep them close in location or bring them apart. I enjoyed the interaction of Holt and Claire. Both of them are really good people and I cared about them. I adore stories with a character of the older population and this book has Ms. Meadows. She is crusty on the outside and has a heart of gold lying beneath. This is the third book in the Highland, Georgia series but it can definitely be read independently. I read the first book in the series and missed the second, so now I need to backtrack and catch up. I want to thank St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for giving me the pleasure in reading the Advance Reading Copy of this book. My review is my own opinion not influenced by receiving the ARC.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review I have enjoyed the previous stories in this Highland, Georgia series, and I was really looking forward to this Christmas time jaunt back to the town and it's citizens. Whilst I liked it, I wasn't as enamoured with it as I was the first two books. And I think for the most part, the problem for me was Claire. I liked her for the most part, but I did get sick of her "poor little rich girl" attitude for so much of the story. I got it, I know why she hid Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review I have enjoyed the previous stories in this Highland, Georgia series, and I was really looking forward to this Christmas time jaunt back to the town and it's citizens. Whilst I liked it, I wasn't as enamoured with it as I was the first two books. And I think for the most part, the problem for me was Claire. I liked her for the most part, but I did get sick of her "poor little rich girl" attitude for so much of the story. I got it, I know why she hid who she was from people. I am sure I would too to some extent. But ugh it ended up grating on me. This could just be me though. I wanted to shake some sense into her at times. Holt was just all swoon in a kilt. Get out of the way Claire, I will take him off your hands! I loved seeing more of the couples from the previous books, I loved seeing their relationships growing, I loved the banter between everyone. So whilst this one fell a little flat for me, I hope we get more visits to Highland in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    A HIGHLANDER IS COMING TO TOWN is author Laura Trentham's third novel in the Highland, Georgia series. I read and reviewed the first one, but somehow missed book #2. This third story reads quite well as a standalone. A couple characters from the first book play a minor role. The true highlander in this book is the heroine, Claire. She has left Scotland and her wealthy family's whisky empire behind to find what out she really wants. On her twenty-fifth birthday, she will come into her inheritance A HIGHLANDER IS COMING TO TOWN is author Laura Trentham's third novel in the Highland, Georgia series. I read and reviewed the first one, but somehow missed book #2. This third story reads quite well as a standalone. A couple characters from the first book play a minor role. The true highlander in this book is the heroine, Claire. She has left Scotland and her wealthy family's whisky empire behind to find what out she really wants. On her twenty-fifth birthday, she will come into her inheritance as long as she goes back home to help run the business. She has changed her last name so people won't know who she is and she can hide. After using her singing skills and touring with a band called the Scunners, Claire ends up settling in the small town of Highland, Georgia and gets a job taking care of an elderly lady, Mrs. Meadows. She doesn't have much money, so she relies on an old bicycle to get around. After having a mishap with the bike while running some errands for her employer, she ends up accepting a ride from Holt who lives at the nearby farm. She is very nervous about receiving his help, especially after hearing some of Mrs. Meadows tales about his family. Holt turns about to be a wonderful man. The author has crafted a hero who every woman would want to have in her life. He is caring towards everyone and doesn't put too much pressure on Claire as their relationship grows. Claire had a childhood of pretty much benign neglect. She is torn about her duties to her family and what will truly give her a sense of peace. Even though I am much older than Claire, I could relate to her dilemma. In life, do we get a chance to follow our passion or get set on a path of what is expected of us.? Mrs. Meadows may be an elderly lady with health issues, but the author gives her a sometimes gruff exterior that still hides some tenderness and wisdom gathered over the years. I am writing this during a time of upheaval with coronavirus and political unrest. A sweet love story is always a way for me to feel better and stay away from reading too many upsetting and depressing things. You will want to grab all the books in this delightful series to brighten up your days. A big thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ReadingTilTheBreakOfDawn

    I know. I know. I shouldn't want to read Christmas books in the summer, but the way 2020 has been, I thought it would cheer me up and put a smile on my face. Come on, Highlander! Give me some happiness to this bleak year. When I saw the cover of this book , I THOUGHT I would be getting more of a Christmas themed book, but it really only focused on that holiday toward the end, so I was kind of disappointed. But the story was sweet and cute and not too drama filled. Kind of like a sexier Hallmark m I know. I know. I shouldn't want to read Christmas books in the summer, but the way 2020 has been, I thought it would cheer me up and put a smile on my face. Come on, Highlander! Give me some happiness to this bleak year. When I saw the cover of this book , I THOUGHT I would be getting more of a Christmas themed book, but it really only focused on that holiday toward the end, so I was kind of disappointed. But the story was sweet and cute and not too drama filled. Kind of like a sexier Hallmark movie. Claire is a Scottish lass that has come to Highlander to hide and get away from her family obligations. She tells no one who she is or why she is there. She falls into a job taking care of an elderly lady, Ms Meadows. They end up connecting and forming some sort of bond when neither of them wanted it. And then there's Holt. The man that always seems to be right around the corner looking to help Claire will she continuously gets herself into some form of trouble. Just a genuine nice guy (but man, can he wear a kilt). He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious Claire. What will Claire do with these two people she is growing to care for? Will her family ever find her and make her fulfill her family obligations? Overall this book was Meh. It was ok. It was light, a little sweet, a little funny and ok. Nothing special or unusual, but a book you can appreciate for what it is. Fast paced and did it’s job. Like I said above...like a sexier hallmark movie that just makes you feel good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    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 Scot 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. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham A Highland Georgia Novel #3 Heartwarming holiday stories at this time of year might be a dime a dozen but some are that little bit extra and this is one of them. This story has all that a small-town romance should include with friendships old and new, romance for more than one, relationships to create and some to fix, and troubles to overcome before a HEA can occur. What I liked: * Clair: dealing with a big decision that will determine her future. W A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham A Highland Georgia Novel #3 Heartwarming holiday stories at this time of year might be a dime a dozen but some are that little bit extra and this is one of them. This story has all that a small-town romance should include with friendships old and new, romance for more than one, relationships to create and some to fix, and troubles to overcome before a HEA can occur. What I liked: * Clair: dealing with a big decision that will determine her future. Will she be able to find her way to the HEA she deserves or will duty and family stand in thew ay * Holt: a wonderful man that is just what Clair needs but will he be able to woo and win her or…perhaps not * Ms. Meadows: an older woman that Clair is living with and caring for. She is a delightful woman and just the balancing force Clair needed at this point in her life * The smiles and chuckles that occurred from time to time while reading * Catching up with Iain and Annie – good people and so deserving of one another * The community, location and their Scots leanings * The holiday parts of the story * The issues facing Clair and how she handled them * The relationship between Clair and Ms. Meadows * The idea of family and how it plays a part in our development * So much…can’t list all of them here What I didn’t like: * The way Clair was raised Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    Having read the previous books in this series, I loved this heart-warming, witty, and romantic Highland, GA story. Holt is longing for his someone special, especially since he has been left on his own for Christmas. Seeing Claire struggling with her antiquated bicycle, he steps in to help but gets a frosty reception. All Holt's senses go on alert as Claire alternates between cowering from him and avoiding him. With patience, a sense of humour, and good old Southern common sense, he slowly wins C Having read the previous books in this series, I loved this heart-warming, witty, and romantic Highland, GA story. Holt is longing for his someone special, especially since he has been left on his own for Christmas. Seeing Claire struggling with her antiquated bicycle, he steps in to help but gets a frosty reception. All Holt's senses go on alert as Claire alternates between cowering from him and avoiding him. With patience, a sense of humour, and good old Southern common sense, he slowly wins Claire over. Claire is hiding from her responsibilities and the expectations that are being placed on her. For the first time in her life, she feels as though she belongs. Her employer, Ms Meadows, is a crusty old lady, but she has graduated to giving Claire slim praise and is slowly thawing towards her. Claire finds in the old lady a sense of belonging that is missing when with her own family. Characters from previous books in this series appear in this one too, bringing a smile to one's face and making the reader feel part of the small town, nevertheless, it is a standalone and comes to a happy conclusion. This novel has all the drama one would expect from Ms Trentham, together with humour and a warm-hearted romance. The book is well written and emotive and made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. I received a copy of this delightful book as a gift from NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ria Alexander - Reading Is Our Satisfaction

    A light-hearted Christmas read Having not read a book by this author before, I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Even though this is book 3 in her Highland, Georgia Series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. It is a light-hearted, contemporary romance that I found easy to read. It had a good, strong storyline and characters that endeared themselves to you. Claire Smythe is the former lead singer of a Scottish band, who is hiding out in Highland, trying to bury all the secrets that A light-hearted Christmas read Having not read a book by this author before, I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Even though this is book 3 in her Highland, Georgia Series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. It is a light-hearted, contemporary romance that I found easy to read. It had a good, strong storyline and characters that endeared themselves to you. Claire Smythe is the former lead singer of a Scottish band, who is hiding out in Highland, trying to bury all the secrets that she holds. An accidental meeting with Holt Pierson is about to change everything for her. Holt is a caring man, looking after others more than himself. He's determined to find out the secrets Claire holds. Preparing to face Christmas alone, Holt is focused on finding out everything about Claire. He wants to break down all of the walls she has built up around herself. Even though their personalities are completely different, this story shows that opposites can attract. Even though I did enjoy this story, it did tend to drag in a few places. it took me a while to warm up to Claire, her secrets weren't really the major ones I was expecting. Whereas Holt, I loved him from the moment he was introduced. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and has me looking forward to Christmas. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley Read and Reviewed for Reading Is Our Satisfaction FOUR STARS.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Padgett

    I'm sad to see this series come to an end. I've loved visiting Highland, Georgia and getting to know some Scots in the South. A Highlander is Coming to Town is (finally) Holt Pierson's story. We met Holt in Trentham's previous two Highlander stories. Holt has made his peace with staying in Highland to run the family farm. Claire Smythe is on the run from something and takes refuge in Highland after the summer games. She's taken a job as a caregiver for Holt's neighbor and is spending the time tr I'm sad to see this series come to an end. I've loved visiting Highland, Georgia and getting to know some Scots in the South. A Highlander is Coming to Town is (finally) Holt Pierson's story. We met Holt in Trentham's previous two Highlander stories. Holt has made his peace with staying in Highland to run the family farm. Claire Smythe is on the run from something and takes refuge in Highland after the summer games. She's taken a job as a caregiver for Holt's neighbor and is spending the time trying to figure out what to do after her upcoming birthday. Because she has a big secret she can't share with anyone. Although she's clear upfront that she'll soon be returning to Scotland right after Christmas. Inevitably, the sparks between Holt and Claire combust. And as all secrets must, Claire's come to light. And Claire and Holt's simple fling is anything but. I enjoy these books for their simplicity, their taste of Scotland, their humor. Sometimes I need an escape and these books supply that exactly. A Highlander is Coming to Town is a Christmas story, complete with a winter storm, hot chocolate, and a heartwarming ending. The perfect holiday read. I highly recommend it! ----- I received an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley, but it did not induce me to leave a review, complimentary or not.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... Often with a favorite author, I won't read the blurb of an upcoming book before I read it. More so when it's part of a series. I know what I'm in for with already visiting the town. So I just usually start reading. It's never been a problem until this book. I was so lost in the beginning. I felt like I was missing something and it caused me to have a slight issue getting into it. I think in part that was due to the c Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... Often with a favorite author, I won't read the blurb of an upcoming book before I read it. More so when it's part of a series. I know what I'm in for with already visiting the town. So I just usually start reading. It's never been a problem until this book. I was so lost in the beginning. I felt like I was missing something and it caused me to have a slight issue getting into it. I think in part that was due to the cover and title. I kinda thought the book was about a new male character. That's was on me. Once I realized it was about Holt I was thrilled I really like him and have wanted his story since he was first introduced. At first, I wasn't sure if Claire was the right woman for him. He's such a sweet, wonderful guy that I wanted someone special for him. It took a bit for me to warm up to Claire and think she is special. But I eventually did. I liked how Claire took care of Mrs. Meadows. It showed her softer side. She worked hard to make her happy and it showed in how much Mrs. Meadows liked her. I'm so glad that living with her taught her to stand on her own two feet. Holt also helped with that. He showed her how life should be. They spent a wonderful time enjoying the holidays and being with each other. You really see how nice these two are together. I have a wonderful time visiting with the people of Highland. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    RateTheRomance

    I loved...LOVED...the first two books in this series. They both got a 5 star review from me. This book fell decidedly flat. There is the same great small town and the same great side characters. What was lacking for me was the two leads and their story. The female lead, Claire, comes off as spoiled and mildly bitchy. She snaps at everyone around her for no reason. Yes, she softens as the book progresses, but not enough to really endear herself to the reader. The male lead, Holt, is similarly a bi I loved...LOVED...the first two books in this series. They both got a 5 star review from me. This book fell decidedly flat. There is the same great small town and the same great side characters. What was lacking for me was the two leads and their story. The female lead, Claire, comes off as spoiled and mildly bitchy. She snaps at everyone around her for no reason. Yes, she softens as the book progresses, but not enough to really endear herself to the reader. The male lead, Holt, is similarly a bit spoiled. He grew up with loving parents, a built in community, and inherited his father's successful farm. Yet, he still gripes about his life. It's annoying, but is slightly tempered by his extreme kindness. The writing in this book feels stripped down. Like I am suddenly reading an Earnest Hemingway novel with very little descriptive paragraphs and heavy bursts of dialog, even during highly emotional scenes. I found myself internally begging the author to slow down and take her time. Even the steamy scenes felt rushed and not very descriptive. This in and of itself wouldn't be a big deal, but they are starkly different than the tone of the other two books in this series. In other words, very WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MA'AM. Draw it out for me...I'm here for the SMUT. This isn't a bad book, it just seems vastly different than the other books in this series in terms of tone, characters, and descriptiveness. I was disappointed, but will definitely stick with this series in the future and hope for a return to the prior greatness in the future. I received and ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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