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on December 18, 2017
Oh my, what wonderful characters, new and old. I've read the other books in this series and I must say as much as I loved them, this one really touched my heart.

Families can hurt each other sometimes more than a friend. Losing a wife, husband or a child can tear the life out of the survivors. It's hard to know what to do or say to bring them back to wanting life, family and friends again.

This story is incredibly well worth reading and I know you will like it too just as much as I have. It's certainly an eye opener. I don't know how anyone can read this book and not be touched!

I highly recommend this book as well as the other books in this series because I know you won't be disappointed with any of the stories. Great book!
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on December 18, 2017
"There’s more than enough places in the Highlands dedicated to glorifying men in kilts. I’ll make the Library and Tea Room a monument to Scottish women. It’s about time someone remembered who did the real hard work while the men were off raiding cattle or playing war."
That quote is why I love this series so much. Finally focusing on something besides men in kilts and actually focuses on the women and kids and the history of Scotland.

The third book in the Celtic Legends series (I have only read Bell of Eternity the second book) and I am very happy to say that they can all be read as a stand-alone, but side characters are also mentioned from the other stories.

After having already lost her mother and then going to her fiancee's Brice's house and seeing a woman leaving wearing his clothes she runs off to London and hasn't been back to the town since. With her father trying to keep her from coming home and not telling her the full story of things she decides to surprise him and comes home early for Christmas. Things aren't good at all her father is sick and has kept it from her and most of the town and has become a shut-in besides having Brice help him when needed. On top of that, her mother's beloved tea room and Library has closed and her father sold everything and is planning to sell the building as well. Cait is heartbroken and upset and wants to help, but isn't sure how because of how stubborn her father is. Brice helps as much as he can, and is also trying to prove to her that he has changed and is willing to do anything to get her back.

"It should have been different. She should have been different. The realization that nothing had changed, that she hadn’t changed, left her chilled."

Overall I really enjoyed this Christmas book. Cait is a little lost even though she has become a journalist in London and loves the work she does. She still hasn't truly dealt with the loss of her mom and with her dad encouraging her to stay away she hasn't returned home since and she hasn't talked to anyone else from home either. The amount of heartbreaking surprises waiting for her at home is a lot to deal with and she doesn't know exactly where to start, but she knows she must stay and bring back her mom's legacy, and help her dad get better again. With some help from the people in the town and Brice, she was able to start doing just that.

As for the love story part, I liked how things just didn't immediately get physical and how willing Brice was to show they he had changed and that he wasn't just going to let things go back to how they were. He truly cares for Cait, and Cait truly cares of him she just has some trust issues they are going to have to work through.

I also found it fascinating how until 1958 Scotland didn't celebrate Christmas and it was actually banned up to that point.

I can't wait to see whom we follow next in this series!

"Family was what Christmas was for, arguments and gifts and memories that all had meaning only because there was so much history and love behind them."

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
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on December 16, 2017
Magic of Winter #3 - Another well written, intriguing romance set again in Scotland with our favorite and not so favorite characters. A second chance at love fraught with problems, both with the romance and a dying father. The characters are well thought out with realistic dialog and a willingness to communicate. The descriptions by the author are vivid and the plot is interesting and both help keep the reader immersed in the pages.

I've read all three books and while this one isn't my favorite (it is good), all three were well done and the author is an interesting storyteller. Reading all three in order just makes a continuing story, but they can be read in any order, but why?

Lake of Destiny #1 - This story has it all: romance, intrigue, traditions and excitement. Although this book has 338 pages, the pages just flew by as the story progressed. A well written, intriguing suspense with a surprise revealed at the end.

The plot is well thought out and the characters are believable and realistic. Not all is sugar and spice, there are some rotten apples in the bunch. The descriptions are so well done the reader experiences everything and easily visualizes the area the story is set.

This is my first book by the author and I will happily read anything else she writes. I received this book through the APX website.

Bell of Eternity #2 - After reading Lake of Destiny, I was hooked on this author and had to read more of her books. I contacted the author to review anything she had available.

This is a well written, intriguing romance with interesting background material to make the story flow along, while being a substantial read. The interesting characters draw the reader into the story with their actions, reactions and believable dialog. The plot has a twist and turn, also, keeping the reader immersed in the story, along with the author's gift for descriptions.

I've always loved books about the Cornwall area, fiction and nonfiction, and this book is among the best of them. It was interesting to learn of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the history behind the volunteers.
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on December 17, 2017
The third book in the Celtic Legends collection does not disappoint. Martina Boone has painted a setting and cast of characters that draw you in from the first page. Reading Cait and Brice’s love story made me fall in love with them as much as her other leading characters, who all made appearances in this book. This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I cried along with Cait who was coming to terms with the losses she has suffered. The subplot was marvelous as well, and I wish the Tea Room was a real place, as its tributes need to be a reminder to us today. Such a fantastic read!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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on December 14, 2017
If you're in the mood for a story with all the feels, then this book's for you! Martina Boone takes us to a delightfully frozen setting in Scotland with its tumultuous history, quirky characters, and the glen you'd love to call home to bring this heartfelt story of love refound and life rediscovered. Cait and Brice's pending wedding was torn apart by a death and distrust. But when Cait's father is facing death himself, she must return home to Balwhither to face her father's stubborn determination not to fight for his life, and her own past decisions to not fight for her true love. It's a heartwarming story of rediscovery in midwinter that can be summed up in a beautiful line from the book: "The simple knowledge that the most difficult people to love could be loved as much, as hard, as deeply, as anyone else offered the promise of redemption."
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on December 25, 2017
This is the third installment of Celtic Legends series. Once again Martina does not disappoint me….I loved this book.
This is a heartwarming story of loss, love and hope.
Magic of Winter is set in one of my all time favorite places~ Scotland and at Christmas time!
I loved Cait and Brice's story of love lost and love found again.
The story also brings back beloved characters from the first two stories of the series~ Anna & Connal with his daughter Moira and Emma & Brando.
We also revisit the village of Balwhither again with all of its folklore and local history. Such a magical place with wonderful characters living there.
I would love to visit somewhere so special.
I was gifted a copy of this novel from Martina for an honest review. Thank you for sharing such a wonderfully funny, sweet and beautiful tale.
I cannot wait for the next two installments of this series that are set to release in Spring of 2018.
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on January 1, 2018
Magic of Winter is the third book in the Celtic Legends series by Martina Boone and if you are looking for a story that centers around family and second chance romance, you should consider this book. While this is the third book of the series, I don’t think you have to read the first two, but it is definitely a good idea as some characters from the previous books make appearances.

The main characters in this story are Cait and Brice. They were high school sweethearts and engaged but both of them were struggling with figuring out who they were and what they wanted out of life. After the death of her mother and brother, Cait sees something that pushes her to run away to London – away from Brice as well as her father. When Christmas rolls around and her father refuses to come to London, Cait makes the decision to go back home and that is when things start to be revealed.

Cait immediately realizes her father has been keeping some pretty big secrets from her. He has essentially packed away or gotten rid of every trace of her mother and is in the process of selling the Library and Tea Room she built and loved. Not only was this important to Cait but it has been an important part of the village of Balwhither and Cait is unwilling to let it go. Add to this the fact that her father has found out he has cancer and has basically given up trying to fight it and Cait decides she needs to stay and do what she can on both fronts.

Before I go into this story any further, I have to say, I loved how Boone decided to write about such a challenging relationship between a father and a daughter. I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her when she gets home and continually hits a wall with her father. He is stubborn and sad, and it seems like no matter what Cait does, she can’t win with him.

Of course, there is the romance part of the story. I love a second chance romance and while I had no idea what it was that sent Cait running, it was clear Brice was going to have to prove himself in order to win her trust back. From the start of the book it is obvious that they both still have feelings for each other and as Brice slowly proves that he has really changed, Cait realizes they both had some growing up to do.

This was a pretty quick read (as are all the books in this series) and the romance is slowly built up despite the fact that these two characters have a past. As in the other books, Boone does a fantastic job of setting up the surroundings these characters live in and tying in the local traditions. If you are looking for a light romance set in the Highlands of Scotland, definitely consider checking not only this book out, but also the other books of the series.
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on April 8, 2018
Martina Boone has written a beautiful series. She weaves magic, intrigue, love, family and village relationships plus a spellbinding vision of the scenery and entertaining as well as informative history.
Book 1 is THE LAKE OF DESTINY: A Scottish Legends Romance. We are introduced to Connal MacGregor, the rich land owner; Brando MacLaren who is a chef and owns a hotel; and Brice MacLaren who owns a garage. This book features Connal and Anna Cameron who has come from America to help her Aunt Elspeth with their upcoming Beltane Festival. Connal is not pleased with an outsider’s input.
Book 2 is BELL OF ETERNITY: A Cornwall Legends Romance. Brando MacLaren, the handsome man in Kilts and black leather boots (Be still my heart) has gone to Cornwall for a family wedding. He is a chef and meets Emma Lawson who is planning to become a caterer. The meals they prepare for the wedding makes my mouth water.
Book 3 is THE MAGIC OF WINTER: A Scottish Legends Romance. This book features Brice and Cait Fletcher. She fled Scotland after a broken engagement with Brice and returns because her father is unable to spend Christmas with her in London. Her father is closing the family Library and Tea Room that her deceased mother’s pride.
Each book is standalone but is so much more enjoyable read in order. Besides you do not miss want to miss one word from the pen of this fantastic author. All three books are wonderful but THE MAGIC OF WINTER is so magical that is by far my favorite.
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on December 21, 2017
I've read the other two novels in this collection and once again, I fell in love with the characters as well as the setting. Martina gives her readers well-rounded characters in this book that made me feel their happiness, their sadness, their doubts and pain. Told in alternating points of view (which I've come to love in romance books), we get to know each character's thoughts and feelings and motivations. We get to feel the internal struggles of past hurt and misunderstandings and lies.

If you love swoony romance with bits of suspense, read this book to find out how two imperfect people who knowingly make mistakes, learn to recognize perfection in themselves and their relationships doesn't mean being perfect, it just means being true to yourself and your loved ones. If you enjoy secrets and family relationships in your books, then you will enjoy your time between the pages of this novel.

The author provided me with a kindle copy for an honest review. I look forward to more books like this from Martina.
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on December 14, 2017
Cait and Brice always felt destined to be together. But the death of her mother and seeing another woman leave Brice's cottage wearing his shirt sent her running away to London. Fifteen months later she returns for Christmas with her father after he made excuses for bailing on plans to go to London to be with her. What she finds is a sick, bitter angry man who should rather give up on life than face it without his wife. But the story is in the town, the old friends and the way they come together to help their friends out their life back together. And just what did the Lake of Destiny reveal and to whom?
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