Book Spotlight – The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Book Spotlight

Alex 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.

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Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

Author info:

Karen Awan was previously a fashion editor and lives in East Sussex.

Karen’s website:

Find her author page on Facebook.

Twitter handle is @KarenSwan1

Instagram: @swannywrites

The Christmas Secret is out now.




Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

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Worlds apart. A love without limit.

In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. Just weeks away from their wedding, they work and play with Tuck and Lucy, their closest and oldest friends. Meg and Lucy are as close as sisters – much to Meg’s sister’s dismay – and Tuck and Mitch have successfully turned their passion for snowboarding into a booming business.

But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help – and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot.

As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth – is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best?


Review: Wow! What a book!

Karen Swan is a beautiful writer. She captures the very essence of her settings and makes the reader feel like they are within the actual story itself. Her characters are very real and you can’t help but love them all even when they are behaving perhaps not how you would hope them to.

Karen Swan is a relatively new author I have become aware of. I got Christmas at Claridge’s for Christmas a few years ago and couldn’t put it down. So every time I saw a book by Karen I would buy it and I have just read Christmas under the stars.

In this story Meg really captured my heart. From her love with Mitch to her being in the middle of her best friend Lucy and her sister Ronnie, and her wonderful relationship with a stranger in the airwaves.

This is a truly beautiful story and one that I recommend reading this Christmas.