Love, on the Rocks by Elsie McArthur: tremendously enjoyable

Love on the Rocks

Escaping a difficult childhood, unhappy marriage and dead-end job, Rachel McIntyre has escaped to the tiny Hebridean island of Inniscreag in search of a new beginning.

Taking a job as the manager of the local distillery, she’s just settling into her new life when the elderly, eccentric owner dies, unexpectedly leaving her two hundred year old family legacy in Rachel’s inexperienced hands.

Can she keep the small, community business alive in the face of a takeover attempt from a major multinational corporation? And can she resist the charms of the flirtatious, attractive company lawyer who arrives on the island to persuade her to sell up?

Join Rachel and the quirky inhabitants of Inniscreag – along with a couple of unexpected arrivals – in this funny, heartwarming tale about love, loss and having the courage to start over.


My review

The synopsis makes the book a little more serious than it is. Yes, the book tackles some big and unpleasant issues, but it does so in a positive way.

This is a tremendously enjoyable book. Rachel is a wonderful, real character – caring, kind, committed, a bit too self-critical – and her interactions with the other people who populate the pages of this book are always interesting. She’s always ready for the next challenge – which is just as well, since suddenly finding yourself running your own distillery has to be just a teeny bit daunting! Duncan, or hero, is a good foil to her, with more confidence but less imagination and gung-ho-ness.

The setting is full of quirky but warm atmosphere, the plot is unpredictable and clever, and there’s plenty of humour and happiness alongside the everyday ups and downs of rural Scottish life.

A super story that’s an absorbing and fast-paced read.


Purchase Links

UK –

US –


Author bio

Elsie McArthur is an independent author of women’s fiction. After studying law at university, and then re-training as a primary school teacher, she now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, two kids, a couple of badly behaved dogs and a cat with a superiority complex. As well as continuing to work part time as a teacher, she is now indulging in her first love of writing. Her first book, ‘The Back Up Plan’, was released in January 2020. Her second novel, ‘Love, on the Rocks’ – a tale of love, loss and starting over, set on the remote Scottish island of Inniscreag – is due for release in Summer 2020.

Social Media Links

Twitter – @ElsieMcarthur

Instagram –

Facebook –

Goodreads –