Highland Fling – Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde was an author I’d not read before, although I’d heard much about her books. And, being a sucker for chick-lit, I was more than happy to dive in. I was hooked in straight away as I identified with the character Jenny and saw a great deal of myself in her, which naturally had me rooting for her! I also have a weakness for Scottish accents, so I was dying to see if she hooked up with a hunky Scotsman!
However, I’m not going to tell you the ending, because then there would be no point in you reading the book! The basic plot of the book is “Virtual Assistant” Jenny is asked to go up to the Highlands of Scotland and investigate her client’s business interest, in which he has invested a lot of money. She is to see if it is a viable business and whether he is likely to see a return on his investment, or not, and then report back to him. Jenny’s boyfriend Henry isn’t altogether pleased to see her go, as he doesn’t like her being independent, and prefers her to be around all the time to make sure his every need is catered for. This time, however, Jenny puts her foot down and off she goes, planning to take in some sights of Scotland whilst she’s there.
Even before reaching her final destination, Jenny comes across some very interesting characters who quickly divulge some very interesting information about Dalmain House, the place she is to be staying. Excited to start with, Jenny is now a little dubious about being here, and wonders exactly what it is she’s going to have to do before returning to London, and Henry.
She also meets an infuriating, and yet, worringly sexy man, which throws her into turmoil. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Jenny is now wondering exactly what is going on with her and Henry’s relationship, and whether she should be in it for the long haul.
After meeting the batty Dalmains and touring the factory she may have to shut down, Jenny desperately begins to wish she could just hide under her duvet and make it all go away. But as things often go, they get worse before they get better. Henry arrives in Scotland, eager to claim back his absent girlfriend, and then Jenny makes a shocking discovery about the sexy but irritating man she met when she arrived. Jenny’s head is in a complete spin. So when she decides to go for a Christmas Day walk in the snow, she’s hoping to clear her head. Little does she know that this is when her adventure really starts to begin…
This book was a laugh a minute. Just the sort of thing you can read in a couple of sittings. The characters all seem very real, I disliked the ones I was meant to dislike, and rooted for the ones that deserved it. I also thought the plot was great, particularly when all Jenny’s complications start to work out for the best.
A really fun book which I’d recommend to anyone after a giggle and some romance.