After a gruelling academic year head teacher Harper MacDonald is looking forward to a summer holiday trekking in Nepal. Her plans are scuppered when her wayward niece, Ariel, leaves a note announcing she’s running away with a boy called Pen. The only clue to their whereabouts is a scribbled footnote: I’ll Be in Scotland.
Cue a case of mistaken identity when Harper confronts the boy‘s father – Rocco Penhaligon – accusing him of cradle snatching her niece and ruining her bright future. At loggerheads, Harper and Rocco set off in hot pursuit of the teenagers, but the canny youngsters are always one step ahead. And, in a neat twist, it is the adults who end up in trouble, not the savvy teenagers.
Can Cupid convince Harper and Rocco that they have found their soul mates?
Fasten your seatbelt for the road trip of your lifetime –
It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you are in the mood for a good, old fashioned love story, then look no further. Harper’s Highland Fling offers all the elements that you could hope for. There’s adventure, a handsome leading man, a woman who has forgotten how to enjoy life and some gorgeous scenery. Throw in a couple of runaway teenagers and the scene is set.
I don’t want the above to sound flippant as this is a really entertaining story. Knowing that there’s a happy ending on the horizon is not a spoiler, this is a romance title, after all.
Taking us on a road trip from Cornwall to Northern Scotland, Harper’s Highland Fling is a delight and I found myself drawn into the story and completed it in a single sitting. Not because it was a quick read; I simply kept turning the pages as I wanted to see what happened next.
The back stories to how Rocco became a father to Pen and how Harper had found herself caring for Ariel, her teenage niece, provide a great insight into the characters and the level of love shared by them all.
There is a strong ensemble of supporting characters, from the disappointed parents and the nosey neighbour to the wonderful community in the Highlands, it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with this adventure.
Although Harper’s Highland Fling is a romance, the story also examines friendship and I found the relationship between Rocco and Morwenna to be beautiful. When you read this, you may even find yourself craving a motorcycle road-trip.
After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie romance Take Me, I’m Yours, set in Wisconsin, also achieved BEST SELLER status >travel>USA. Her latest novel – Harper’s Highland Fling – has been declared her ‘best one yet’ by readers and reviewers. In it, two warring guardians are forced to join forces and set off in hot pursuit of a runaway niece and son. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and spends most of the summer touring the Scottish Highlands researching men in kilts. As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish your debut novel
Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.
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