The Christmas Secret

The Christmas Secret

Paperback - 2017
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Set on the beautiful island of Islay, The Christmas Secret is a gripping story filled with tension from Karen Swan, author of Christmas Under the StarsAlex Hyde is the leaders' leader. An executive coach par excellence, she's the person the Great and the Good turn to when the pressure gets too much; she can change the way they think, how they operate, she can turn around the very fortunes of their companies.Her waiting list is months' long, but even she can't turn down the unorthodox but highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way a few weeks before Christmas, regarding the troublesome - and troubled - head of an esteemed whisky company in Scotland: Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, is a maverick, an enigma and a renegade, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees.It should be business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, when she gets to the remote island of Islay, with the winter snows falling, Alex finds herself out of her comfort zone. For once, she's not in control - Lochlan, though darkly charismatic, is unpredictable and destructive, her usual methods gaining no traction with him - and with Christmas and her deadline fast approaching, she must win his trust and find a way to close on this deal.But as she pulls ever closer to him, boundaries become blurred, loyalties loosen and Alex finds herself faced with an impossible choice as she realizes nothing and no-one is as they first seemed.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2017.
ISBN: 9781509838042
150983804X
Branch Call Number: FIC Swan
Characteristics: 484 pages

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Beltane
May 17, 2018

I met this author by accident at the Kitchener Public Library. So engrossed in her story-telling I purchased the book she was reading from that day.

The story is well-written and wrapped in layers combined with historical references. All together the blend is as pure as the Kentallan single malt scotch.

Vibrant, rich characters with deep and relatable personalities.

I look forward to reading another of Karen Swan's books as she is a rare storyteller.

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Apr 09, 2018

Well matched characters, the plot unfolds like layers of an onion peeling back. Lots of good drama, high intellect and challenge make for a memorable read.

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