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Early Reviews

March 18, 2018

AGirlcandream Highland Dew was what I needed to escape the work week filled with the usual day to day stressors. Sometimes a book transports you to other lands without having to deal with airports and hotel reservations. I loved the opportunity to wander the highlands of Scotland and sit in cosy pubs tasting the local single malt selections from the comfort of my own home. Add in a slow burn romance and I was all in. 

March 21, 2018

Highland Dew is more than a romance, it is a love letter to whisky and to Scotland. Reading the book is a sensory experience; the taste of the whisky and the beauty of Scotland are reflected on every page. The romance is a sweet slow burn between two well-matched women. There are some wonderfully lovable secondary characters, along with a couple of hatable characters to provide texture and drama. A fantastic read that has me reaching for the bottle of scotch and wishing Scotland were closer.

March 22, 2018

Lovely story that moves you from wherever you are to the wonderful country of Scotland. From exploring the country to tasting whisky to seeing the amazing growing attraction between Fiona the daughter of whisky maker and Bryce sales director for the US. Add a little of unknown from parties involved in the story and you end up with an amazing reading experience.

Beta reader

"It's well written, and taught me something about whiskey and whiskey tasting. I loved the scene in the bar where Bryce is given different whiskies and guesses where they're from. I really enjoyed the Scottish countryside. 

Readers who liked/loved Balefire will also, I think, like/love HD. You gave them what they'd be expecting. A sweet romance in a travel setting. People will appreciate getting to go to Scotland with your well done descriptions. You will not disappoint the reader looking for a well written and predictable romance." -Beta reader

Melinda Mullett (Author The Whisky Business Murders)

"A spirited jaunt into the Scottish whisky scene, Highland Dew is as smooth and heartwarming as your favorite dram.  Enjoy an armchair excursion along the quaint and picturesque whisky trails of the Speyside.  A charming romance and a fitting tribute to the new women of whisky."

Your tour through the whisky trails of Scotland brought back many a happy memory!  I loved that your female leads were so strong and so knowledgable about the whisky industry.  -MM

Kitty Kat

Barrett Magill has captured the romance, beauty and friendliness of Scotland in “Highland Dew’. As a Scot myself I recognised so much and her attention to detail was impressive. Bryce Andrews is on a tour of Scotland in a quest to find the perfect craft distilled whiskey for her American company and the descriptions of her driving tour were part of the charm of this lovely book. The scenery, the people and the slow and relaxed pace of life made this the perfect story to read by the fire with a glass of the amber nectar. Bryce meets attractive English teacher Fiona McDougall when she stumbles on a seemingly derelict distillery and her life changes forever. Theirs is a slow blossoming romance, sweet and tender. There are many twists and turns and sometimes I didn’t know who to trust and what they were really up to. The author kept me guessing and piqued my interest. I enjoyed the family feeling and the love between Bryce and Fiona felt right and natural and believable. A wonderful love story and so much more.

More about the book

Cover Blurb


Highland Dew  ~ Cover Blurb

Barrett Magill

Two women, one whisky, and an opportunity of a lifetime.

Ellen Bryce Andrews has a dream job as West Coast Sales Director for Global Distillery and Distribution, but the money and prestige start to lose their luster when the nonstop demands of the job start to overwhelm the rest of her life.

Fiona McDougal, the only child and heir to the McDougall and Son whisky legacy, finds her career as a teacher in Edinburgh derailed when she is forced to return home to care for an aging and addled father, and a distillery that is shuttered and in disrepair.

When Bryce embarks upon a journey to Scotland to divine a hidden gem among the small-batch distillers to set as the cornerstone for a new International Distribution Division, she certainly doesn't expect to find it at the end of a weed-choked driveway. But her discovery may come to nothing if she can’t find a way to tame the spitfire named Fiona, and join forces with her to recreate the lost family recipe and resurrect the family business.

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October 2018

Palm Springs, CA

Published By: Sapphire Books Publishing


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Sapphire produces and publishes fiction, non-fiction and biographical lesbian literary works of art.

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Backstory for the Novel


The inspiration for part 

of the back-story

The history of Cardhu—which was written Cardow in the beginning—is closely connected to the history of two women: Helen and Elisabeth Cummings. Helen and her husband John Cumming ran a farm at Cardow in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century. It is known that in 1816 John was convicted for distilling without official license three times. Distilling to small extends was usual for the farmers at that time, and nearly no one cared for licenses. They just couldn’t afford it. 

At Cardow, it wasn’t John but his wife Helen who distilled, and she was known to have an eye on approaching excise officers and warn farmers in the neighborhood by setting up a red flag. Helen didn’t just only distill for their own needs; she also sold her whisky from her kitchen’s window, it is said.

 In 1824, the Cummings could afford to buy a distilling license after the Exise Act of 1823 had reduced duties. They bought new stills, and in the beginning were helped selling and distributing their whisky by their friend George Smith, later the founder of The Glenlivet.

 After John died in 1846, his wife Helen and his son Lewis carried on running Cardow Distillery. 

The distillery and farm officially were handed down to Lewis, and in the following years he employed a brewer and a maltman. When Lewis passed away in 1872, his wife Elisabeth—supported by her mother-in-law Helen and her two young sons—carried on operating the distillery. Seeing the demands for whisky grow, Elisabeth bought new ground not far away from the previous farm and built a new Cardow distillery using the same water sources. It could produce three times more whisky than the old one. 

 In the year 1893 Elisabeth made a very important decision: she sold Cardow to John Walker & Sons for 20.500 pounds, and ensured her family to hold shares in Walker’s company. She died one year later, and didn’t have the chance to see the success of her wise decision: under the shield of the big company, Cardow could stand the hard times caused by the whisky market crash in 1898.

 In 1899, the stills of Cardow were doubled and the distillery was connected to the railway by building a new road.

Distillers Company Ltd.—today Diageo—acquired the distillery in 1930. In 1960, a reconstruction and expansion followed the increasing demand for whisky in the post-war era.

 In 1965, the word “Cardhu” became a trademark, and the brand was used to sell the whisky as single malt. In 1981 the name of the distillery was also changed from Cardow to Cardhu—a lightly different spelling for the original Gaelic word that means “black rock.” 

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