Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.
As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price
I first read Scrap Metal on recommendation from a friend. I’m not sure if I would have picked it up on my own. I got caught up reading it, didn’t want to stop so when I realised it was in audiobook I had to listen and I was not disappointed. Set on the Scottish Isle of Arran the story starts by painting a bleak setting. One full of hardship and grief.
This Romantic Drama is written with such depth that I felt like I was there with Nichol as he fought to find a stray sheep in the poring rain. There are so many evocative scenes in this book made even more vivid by the narration.
The pace was just right for me slow and steadily building the relationship between Nichol and Cameron as well as the mystery of why Cameron was on the Island. It is told from Nichol’s point of view and you get his despair at moving back to his childhood home after the death of his mother and brother and how the mood changes for both Nichol and his grandfather once Cam arrives. The fortune of the farm starts to turn as love blooms. Granda Harry is a wonderful curmudgeonly old character who keeps the old ways and is never wrong. For all the grumbling between Nichol and Harry you can feel the love they have for each other.
The reason I love this book more in audio is the way Harper Fox’s excellent prose is enhanced by the narration. The Scottish accents and the way it is delivered by Sean Gormley makes you feel the wind, rain, sunshine, hope and despair. I never tire of listening to this story.
5 of 5 stars
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