Book Review: Under The Summer Skye by Sue Moorcroft

We are so pleased to be welcoming Sue Moorcroft back to Novel Kicks and the blog tour for her novel, Under a Summer Skye.

A Scottish island. A stranger from the mainland. A summer of possibilities…

Escape to the Isle of Skye this summer with the Sunday Times bestselling author, and lose yourself in the first book of the Skye Sisters Trilogy.

A chance encounter is about to change everything for Thea Wynter.

The moment she arrived on the Isle of Skye, life changed for Thea. Running from a succession of wrong turns, she comes to the island in search of blue sea, endless skies, and mountains that make the heart soar. Here, she feels at peace.

As head gardener at Rothach Hall, life is exactly how she wants it, with her days spent working in the glorious clifftop garden and her evenings in the cosy village pub.

But an encounter with a stranger from the mainland brings with it an unexpected turn – and she is left wondering whether he is friend or foe.

It seems that even on Skye, life can catch up with you, and Thea is soon faced with the past she left behind – and with it, the family she’s never met…

From old lives to new beginnings, lose yourself on the beautiful Isle of Skye with Thea as she discovers how many possibilities life can truly hold if you look hard enough.


One of my favourite authors is back, and with a bang and a gentle, woof! As I understand it, ‘Under a Summer Skye’ is the first book in a trilogy set on the Isle of Skye (this is up in Scotland, for those of you who don’t know where this real, spectacular place is).

If I had to choose one word to describe this story, it would be, emotional. So, prepare yourself for a masterclass in writing, from the queen of emotional romance as she begins a new venture.

Seemingly having escaped a traumatic event whilst working for a tv gardening show, Thea takes the job of head gardener at Rothach Hall and settles into a comfortable life, enjoying the seclusion and working closely with her adopted sister. Until she runs into Dev, who is searching for a change as he hates writing copy for an internet site whose sole purpose is to stir up trouble. The two meet after he rescues a dog and the two take it to the vet, subsequently, Thea adopts it and names it, Daisy (see, there’s the ‘woof’).

What follows is slow burner of a love story, intermixed with a kind of who-dunnit, as Thea’s freedom is unexpectedly threatened, right when she finally discovers the truth of who she is.

The number of times I was nearly late in getting into work because of this book! I read it in my car before going into work, and kept losing track of the time.

This is a beautifully written book, and the characters are amongst the best which Sue has written. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, probably both at the same time, but I’m sure you’ll love this story as much as I did.

My thanks to Avon and Netgalley for the reading copy. Next, please!



About Sue Moorcroft –

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, and her novels have been #1 on Kindle UK and Top 100 on Kindle US, Canada and Italy. She writes two books a year for publishing giant HarperCollins and has won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Novel of the Year, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award, a HOLT Medallion and the Katie Fforde Bursary. She’s the president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Her novels, short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.

Say hello to Sue via Amazon, Audible, her website, Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Linked In, Link Tree and Bookbub.

Under The Summer Skye is book one in The Skye Sisters Trilogy and was released by Avon on 9th May 2024. Click here to buy on Amazon UK, Waterstones and Amazon US


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Mick Arnold
Mick reviews books and will also be chatting about his experience as a male author in the romantic genre. Mick is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, New Writers Scheme. He lives in Northamptonshire and is the proud keeper of two cats, Gus and Elphaba. When he’s not trying to write books, Mick has a deep-seated love of reading that he’s brought from his teens to the current day with no signs of waning. He’s also mad on the music of the Beach Boys and enjoys the theatre and humouring his Manchester United supporting wife. Mick can be followed on Twitter: @mick859

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