Kiltie Jackson Author Bio
Kilties two favourite Amazon reviews!!!
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sukie McClaren is over the moon when her boss asks her to attend a business meeting in Salzburg just before Christmas. The reason for her excitement is that this is the setting for her all-time favourite film, The Sound of Music. She plans to take a few days of well earned holiday and extend her work trip for a few days so that she can take in some sights as well as the Christmas markets.
While Sukie is busy planning her trip and fizzing with excitement, Pete Wallace, the world’s Number One, best selling, male solo artist, is also heading to Salzburg but his feelings are the exact opposite to Sukie’s. Despite his fame, Pete is not one for being in the spotlight, but as he’s heading out on tour again after a three year break, he has to meet with the press and put himself out there.
When Sukie meets Pete at the Mirabellplatz they don’t get off to the best of starts as Pete suspects her of being a journalist but after some straight talking from Sukie he realises that he’s wrong and their friendship grows.
I adored this book! I was immediately drawn to the characters of Sukie and Pete. Sukie is feisty and outspoken but with a heart of gold. She has a close relationship with her mum, Beth, who just wants to see her daughter settle down and marry a nice young man. Pete was endearing as the reluctant pop star, who just wanted to be taken seriously for his songwriting, rather than having his face and private life splashed over all the tabloids and women’s magazines. His friendship with his manager, Jordie, was an interesting one. Jordie, having known Pete since he was a young lad just starting out, wanted to make sure that he had Pete’s back but at the same time he was getting tired of the lifestyle but was too afraid to speak up as he knows Pete needs and values his support.
This was a truly heart-warming read, just perfect for this time of year, curled up with a big mug of hot chocolate and a few cookies thrown in for good measure! It’s clear that the author has herself got a love of Salzburg as the descriptions of the area were so crystal clear she could have been showing me photographs of them. I’m not a fan of snow but I could almost feel it in the air as I was reading. I also think that Kiltie shares a love of The Sound of Music with Sukie as her knowledge of places relevant to the film shone through.
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle is a thoroughly enjoyable novel and an impressive debut from Kiltie Jackson. I really hope that there’s another book in progress as I’d love to hang out with Sukie again and find out what comes next for her.
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s not the kind of book I would usually go for but something about it piqued my interest and I’m eternally grateful that it did.
From the first page I was immediately drawn into the life of the main characters Sukie and Pete and whizzed through the book at record speed, in fact I was a little disappointed when it ended as I wanted more.
I loved the main characters and truly feel that Kiltie has put her heart and soul into them. They are well written and by the end of the book you feel like you know them well enough to call them friends. Special mention also should go to the secondary characters in the book as they are just as perfectly written.
As for the setting, Salzburg is one of many places on my bucket list and after reading this book it has moved up a few places. Sukie and Pete’s adventures through the city had me wishing I was there, while also feeling a little like I already was. While reading, I was able to picture the setting with ease thanks to Kiltie’s amazingly descriptive writing.
All in all I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from Kiltie, in the meantime I think someone should drop a copy off with Richard Curtis as this has all the makings of a fantastic Christmas rom-com – move over Love Actually.