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A Festive Surprise is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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A Festive Surprise by Margaret Amatt

Genre: Romance

Blog Tour: 16th - 20th October 2022

Publication Date: 8th October 2022

Standalone Tenth and final book in the Scottish Island Escapes

Estimated Word Count - 62k

Formats available:  Epub (via bookfunnel)

Author Content Warning: References to life in Syria where the main character was tortured (off page – nothing graphic shown) Deep loneliness. Few swear words and some adult scenes 

Types of post available: Reviews and Q&As

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She can’t abide Christmas. He’s not sure what it’s all about. Together they’re in for a festive surprise.

Ambitious software developer Holly may have a festive name but the connection ends there. She despises the holiday season and decides to flee to the remote island of Mull in a bid to escape from it.

Syrian refugee Farid has made a new home in Scotland but he’s lonely. Understanding Nessie and Irn Bru is one thing, but when glittery reindeer and tinsel hit the shelves, he’s completely bemused. Determined to understand a new culture, he asks his new neighbour to educate him on all things Christmas.

When Holly reluctantly agrees, he realises there’s more to her hatred of mince pies and mulled wine than meets the eye. Farid makes it his mission to inject some joy into Hollys’ life but falling for her is an unexpected gift that was never on his list.

As their attraction sparkles, can Christmas work its magic on Holly and Farid, or will their spark fizzle out with the end of December?

About Margaret Amatt

Margaret is a writer, mummy, wife and chocolate eater (in any order you care to choose). She lives in highland Perthshire in a little house close to the woods where she often sees red squirrels, deer and other such tremendously Scottish wildlife… Though not normally haggises or even men in kilts!

She has published nine books and written many more. Margaret won a short story writing competition in 2012 and her winning entry was performed live to an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their Winter Words Event. This spring boarded Margaret’s journey from writing for fun to novel writing – though she still enjoys every minute of it.

Margaret is also a keen amateur photographer, who enjoys drawing, reading, and talking about books.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 5 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

16th October

  1. Inspiredbypmdd

  2. Ceri's Little Blog

  3. InsomniacBookwormBookreviews

  4. Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

  5. The Eclectic Review

17th October

  1. Tizi's Book Review

  2. Staceywh_17

  3. Read & Tell Reviews

  4. @twoladiesandabook 

  5. Theweebookworm

18th October

  1. Bookish Dreams

  2. Little Miss Book Lover 87

  3. Tea Party Princess

  4. Linda's Book Bag

  5. Cindy’s Love of Books

19th October

  1. Bookish Dreamer

  2. @whatjaneyreads

  3. Peacockbookreview

  4. Lis Carey's Library

  5. Zooloo's Book Diary

20th October

  1. Just 4 My Books

  2. Captured on Film

  3. read it and weep with mgd

  4. Storied Conversation

  5. Splashes Into Books

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