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Released: July 2014
ISBN: 9781310866395
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Print Released: April 2018
ISBN: 9781910234310
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Series: Magic of Mull, #1
Author: Joan Fleming
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99
Print: $6.99

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Amy Wilson was left the family cottage on Mull. It's a place near to her heart, as she spent her summers on Mull, a place where many of her dearest memories were made. She takes every opportunity she can to return for retreat. Unfortunately, her partner Matt doesn't feel the same about Mull. As the story opens, Amy has arrived at Mull on her own, as usual, while Matt is away on a business trip to New York. Just what she needs -- time away from real life, a break from work, a break from Matt, if she's honest with herself. Two weeks to unwind, walking the sandy strand, vising the isle of Iona across the sound (a place she can see from her cottage and relishes), and visiting with old friends. Bliss!

That is until she reads the contents of a packet that had been delivered to the cottage just prior to her arrival. Oceanview Holiday Homes was in the proposal stage, a development to be built on a parcel of land between her beloved cottage and her view of the abbey on Iona across the sound. Worse, the person behind the proposal is none other than the boy she fell in love with during her summer holidays, her cousin, Sandy McFarlane.

Sandy's older brother, Angus, has recently passed away and made Sandy the executor of his estate. Part of that estate includes building a holiday resort on Mull, using a strip of family land along the seafront. Locals won't dispute the added income will help support the community, but everyone knows about the land dispute between the McFarlanes and Amy's family. No one knows who owns the land, but they do know Amy won't allow the development to go through until the disputed ownership of the land can be solved.

Sandy has always been an enigma. Cousin to Amy from a side of the family which had been avoided by her people, there was always something *different* about the boy he once was. It still did't stop her from feeling soft toward him as children and falling in love with him. Now, ten years later, the proposed development has thrown them together. Unbeknownst to Amy, family secrets are about to be let out of the closet, and they could change Amy's life forever.

Listen to the author read chapter one

It was early evening by the time Amy Wilson opened the bulky envelope. Sitting by the fire, with a glass of red wine in her hand, she drew a deep breath of sheer contentment. This was what relaxation was all about—the scent of burning peat, silence except for the faint whisper of the waves lapping over the rocks in the bay, and the view of the island of Iona no picture postcard image could ever reproduce.

Pure heaven. That was until she saw the contents of the envelope.

Flicking her dark brown hair behind her ears, she straightened in her armchair.

At first, she stared at the papers, trying to work out what they meant. Log cabins? Holiday homes? Leisure facility? What had all this to do with her? She looked again at the envelope.

Miss A. Wilson
Columb Cottage
Isle of Mull

There was no doubt it was meant for her. But why was it delivered here at the cottage in Mull when she had arranged to forward her mail to her Glasgow address? Then she realised there was no stamp on the envelope and in a corner were the words “Hand Delivered”.

Closer examination revealed the paperwork had been prepared by a firm of solicitors. The covering letter explained the purpose of the communication—a proposal had been submitted to build twelve log cabins—a ‘holiday village’ to be named Oceanview—on a piece of ground by the sea shore on the edge of Amy’s land. Enclosed was a plan of the holiday facility.

The more she read, the faster Amy’s heart beat. Build on the shoreline! What a preposterous idea! There was no way anyone could be allowed to ruin the natural beauty of this spot on the island. Jumping up from her comfortable armchair, she ran over to the window to look out at the bay. With the plan of the proposed holiday village in her hand, she glanced from the plan to the bay itself, trying to visualise where the cabins would be, how they would look. Would they interfere with her view? Would she still be able to see the abbey on the island of Iona? Or the sea? No—this was unacceptable. It was out of the question. She would not allow it to happen!

Top Reviews
Family Feud - A Connection to Romance!
What the Future Holds is a quick read. What is even more endearing within the plot are the cultural portions of the novel that describe dances, parties and more about Scotland. The author excels here and makes the reader want to visit this island to partake of its quaint customs and food. That and the beautiful descriptions of the land on Mull Island and the views of the Abbey and more are intriguing and appealing. Joan Fleming is a romance writer for sure and one who has a unique flair for her homeland Scotland. Nicely crafted romance, indeed! ~ Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews and Amazon

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This is a beautiful depiction of Scotland especially the island on Mull and Iona, Joan gives us an incite into the old family feud's in Scotland while incorporating current realities of the way things happen in 2014. The love story keeps you wondering if she is going to put a sting in the tail or not. I would recommend reading this, you will love it. ~ Eathral, Amazon

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Romance on the Island of Mull
What the Future Holds is a most enjoyable debut novel from Joan Fleming. The two main characters are very appealing and deserve to find a way to be together, while the other man in Amy's life is well drawn and provides an element of doubt in the reader's mind. But most of all, the setting of Mull is another strong character in the story and the writer obviously knows the island and its people well. I enjoyed the fact that the heroine has a good career that brings its own problems in the end. Looking forward to the next book by this author! ~ R. Gemmell, Amazon

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This debut novel by Joan Fleming is an island romance with a difference. Mull is the island and is as much a character as any of the humans in the story . . . The descriptions of both Glasgow and of Mull are skilful, but it is to the island we find ourselves increasingly drawn as we so hope Amy will find a solution to her problems . . . The ending is an appropriately satisfying one and well thought out . . . The main characters are engaging, especially Amy, but the minor characters are also well drawn and add much to the reader's enjoyment. ~ Amazon reader

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very well written and just a refreshingly lovely story. ~ Linda Craig, Amazon UK

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Beautiful island setting
. . . an enjoyable novel with a great sense of place. ~ Marjorette, Amazon UK

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A charming summer read
The Island of Mull is a lovely setting for a romance novel and the author does a good job of making us understand why Amy is so drawn to life here. The charming Sandy McFarlane shakes up Amy's peaceful escape in more ways than one and the tension and romance between the two is drawn well. I enjoyed the contrast between Amy's city life and the more old fashioned traditions of the island. ~ SnowWhite, Amazon UK

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well written with locations I enjoyed very much
A lovely story, well written with locations I enjoyed very much. I look forward to reading more from this writer! ~ Alex Gray, Amazon UK

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Enjoyable read
Excellent holiday read. A good number of twists and turns keeping the reader very engaged. Roll on the next book by Joan Fleming! ~ Philip Edward Moore, Amazon UK

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Enjoyable read
I know this island well, and Joan Fleming's descriptions of the ceilidh dances at Bunessan took me right back to my student days - and they don't seem to have changed much! Mull comes to life in the book, and I rooted for Amy the whole way through . . . A promising debut novel. ~ J. Harper, Amazon UK

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Fantastic debut novel - congrats Joan Fleming!!
"What the future holds" is the debut novel of Scottish writer, Joan Fleming. Mainly set in Mull, with excerpts in Iona and Glasgow, the reader is captivated from the start due to Fleming's exquisite descriptions of the characters and their surroundings . . . It is definitely one of those novels which stays with you long after you reach the final page. I very much hope that a sequel is what the future holds! ~ Valerie Richmond, Amazon UK

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The Future Reads Good
An enjoyable contemporary romance. I particularly liked the way the story read, the location came across perfectly as did the different personalities of the minor characters. I did wonder (without giving the outcome away) how Amy was going to "get rid off" one man and replace him with another but Joan Fleming worked that out to this readers satisfaction. I shall look forward to the next novel by this author. ~ Flippery, Amazon UK

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This is truly a wonderful romance. It has a little something for everyone -- an amazing location which Joan visualizes for readers with expertise; engaging characters who we can't help but love, even as they're in bitter disagreement over the proposed development; deep family secrets which add drama; and a wonderful love story to pull at the heartstrings. Joan is a wonderful storyteller. Her writer's voice is strong throughout this story. And she keeps things moving forward while giving readers a taste of island life in a remote part of Scotland. Very well done, Joan. I can't wait to read your next story! ~ Heart of Fiction



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