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  • Where Have All the Boys Gone

    Quite an enjoyable story.

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  • To the Highlands we go

    This is a book completely devoid of any reality whatsoever - except we all know an Olivia, albeit not as extreme as the one in the book, but we all know one. The denouement comes as no surprise whatsoever to the reader, even if it does to the main character, Katie. It is complete and utter fluff. However, it is well written fluff that entertains and keeps you turning the pages wanting to see what disastrous mess Katie is going to get in to next. As you can tell by the 4 star rating, I thoroughly enjoyed every second I had reading this book. Fairlish comes across as a bit of a Brigadoon type place, but as many places in the Highlands of Scotland have that distinct vibe to them then that comes as no surprise. The surprise comes from how welcome the locals make Katie and Lauren, two Southerners who decamp up there when Katie gets seconded on a PR job up there and Lauren is simply running away from the disaster that was her romantic life. Either everyone living there is transplanted from the South or they are the strangest lot of Highlanders I've ever come across. It is not a laugh out loud book but it is definitely humorous and I did find myself grinning my way through it. It is light and fresh and I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between the London activity and Fairlish. Particularly how the change of pace affects both Katie and Lauren and, eventually, alters their outlooks on how life should be lived or, rather, how their individual lives should be lived. This is a perfect holiday read, especially is the weather is as unclement as a British summer usually is.

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  • Romantic comedy set in a Scottish village

    Three and a half stars. Pleasant, if slightly dated romantic comedy in the Katie Fforde school of writing. Katie works in PR in London, she, her best friend Louise and her boss Olivia all bemoan the lack of decent men in London. After being mugged in Central London Katie applies for a job doing the PR for Fairlish Forestry Commission in the Highlands of Scotland, despite having previously only done PR for things like make-up and ice-cream. Although her boss at the Forestry Commission Harry is grumpy and looks like a younger Gordon Brown (see what I mean about dated? FYI, Gordon Brown was an MP and Prime Minister between 2007 and 2010), the amazing thing about Fairlish is the abundance of men, 16 men to every woman they say, including her boss' arch enemy, newspaperman Iain. Harry is trying to prevent a local businessman cutting down the beautiful forests to build yet another golf course and he needs Katie's assistance. Cue much hilarity, references to painting men's bottoms blue (in Braveheart style), local radio shows, and many quaint Scottish characters. This is clearly one of Jenny Colgan's earlier novels, the humour feels a little forced, the characters a bit too quirky, as if she's trying too hard compared with something like The Bookshop on the Shore. Nevertheless, if you like the idea of our plucky heroine organising a ball for 500 people in the Laird's crumbling mansion to raise awareness of the cause, including celebrities such as Ewan McGregor and Richard and Judy (big daytime TV hosts back in the day) then this light-hearted romance could be right up your street (or glen, since this is the Highlands).

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