In Review: Under a Storm-Swept Sky by Beth Anne Miller

Posted April 23, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Under a Storm-Swept Sky by Beth Anne MillerUnder a Storm-Swept Sky by Beth Anne Miller
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 16, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format: eARC, 420 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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An eighty-mile trek across the rugged, stunning beauty of Scotland’s Isle of Skye isn't something I imagined myself doing. Ever. This isn't a trail for beginners. And I'm not a hiker.

But I have to finish it, even if it kills me. I have no choice.

With the ever-changing weather and relentless terrain, I’m in over my head.

Rory Sutherland, my guide on this adventure, is not happy. We clash with every mile, but we recognize a shared pain. Not only is the journey a struggle, but the tension between us is taut with unsaid words. And hope.

He’s broken. I’m damaged. Together, we’re about to make the perfect storm.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I’ll be honest with you, the cover is what first drew me in to Under a Storm-Swept Sky. But when I read the blurb, I thought it sounded like a great read. One about a land I’ll likely never visit, but I could to escape into. It was that and more. The romance, the setting, the emotions all made it a fantastic book.

Amelia and Rory were amazing and, thanks to the dual narration, I got to spend time in both of the heads. It’s so much easier to understand a character when I get their POV, so I always appreciate that when I’m reading. I was Team Amelia from the very start. I didn’t know exactly what happened with her friend Carrie to push her to take this trip to the Isle of Skye — and take on the 80+ mile hike — but I knew it had to be something bad. She was carrying around a lot of guilt, yet she was so determined to do this for Carrie (and herself). Her drive and determination, especially when things got really tough, moved me and made me love her that much more. Grumpy guide Rory got the side-eye a bit in the early chapters because he was, well, grumpy. I suspected he was carrying some pretty heavy baggage himself, but it took awhile for that to be revealed. Despite their differences, I was all in for Amelia and Rory, even when it didn’t look like there would be a way for them to be anything more than a fling.

While the romance was sweet (and even sexy at times), it was the character development that really made this one special for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the romance. There was something special about Amelia and Rory. I was here for the swoons, but I ended up with a bunch of emotions too. They were both broken in their own way, but somehow this trip together found a way to put them back together. I had feels galore as I watched them navigate their past — and the rough terrain of the Isle of Skye. Tears were shed. But there were plenty of smiles, too. I also had unhealthy amounts of envy over the scenes depicted from the Isle of Skye. I didn’t really need to Google it to picture it because Beth Anne’s  descriptions THAT good. But, I still did because I had to see if the pictures I had in my head were accurate. (They were.) The Isle is absolutely magical. Amelia and Rory’s story would’ve been wonderful no matter where it was set, but I can’t deny the Isle of Skye was a gorgeous option.

Under a Storm-Swept Sky was the first of Beth Anne’s books that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. A Star to Steer Her By looks wonderful and I’m planning to read it as soon as I can make time. Then I’ll stalk her social media as I impatiently wait for her next release.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You can take a hundred shots that will show a brown speck against the sky, and they will never capture this moment the way your eyes can.”

“I don’t think you’re ridiculous. Determined, brave, and stubborn as hell, but not ridiculous. Never that.”

About Beth Anne Miller

I have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), as well as a love of travel, both of which have influenced all my writing to date. My first novel is a time travel called Into the Scottish Mist, the earliest drafts of which were inspired by a road trip in Scotland; my second, A Star to Steer Her By, which has a Scottish hero, is loosely based on my college semester at sea aboard a schooner; and my newest book, Under a Storm-Swept Sky, is set on the Isle of Skye, and was inspired by my own long-distance hikes in Scotland. I’m a native New Yorker, living on Long Island and working in the publishing industry, and I’m always looking ahead to my next trip.

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