Kate’s dumped on her best friend’s wedding day by boring boyfriend Ian. She’s mostly cross because he got in first – until she remembers she’s now homeless as well as jobless. Faced with moving back home to her ultra-bossy mother, she takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor. Her first day starts badly when she falls at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she’s got something to prove.
Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy’s keeping something to himself. When his bitchy ex girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate’s budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning – and can she be stopped before it’s too late?
My Review: 4 Stars out of 5 ****
OMG, OMG!! This book was one of the books I downloaded last summer for free, the books I’m spending some time to get caught up on. Being from the UK (I now live in Texas) was one of the reasons I picked this book, I was hoping it would give me a nostalgic Sophie Kinsella fix. I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the cover, but son’t let that put you off. This book is so good.
If you like your Chick Lit fun, fresh and with plenty of gorgeous scenery. Along with deep girl friend friendships, plenty of wine, whisky and cake eating then this is the book for you. On Goodreads it says it’s a bubble bath/glass of wine book and they are not wrong.
I fell in love with Kate from the get go. She’s in a failing relationship with the boring Ian, at her best friends wedding he dumps her. Not that she’s too upset, she’s just mad she didn’t have the guts to do it first. So she moves in with the newly weds!! Not ideal, but the alternate is her mother.
Knowing she has to get her life together she applies for a job as a girl Friday, for a real Scottish Laird on a Scottish island so remote the locals got excited about getting a super market. Of she goes, swearing off men for at least a year!! What she didn’t bank on was just how handsome those Scottish men would be.
First there was Tom, but that was a strictly look and keep to herself (he’s married to Susan, who would soon become her new BFF) then there was Roderick (Roddy) the boss and the Laird. He was apparently off limits, until one night he pulls her in for a kiss…..
Then he leaves…giving the impression it meant nothing to him. Then there was Finn, the set up. She wasn’t doing too badly for a girl abstaining for a year. In all of this was a gently woven story of friendships being built, of a new life being carved and that wonderful sense of community.
Of course, in true Kinsella fashion our Kate finds herself in some predicaments. The timing of Roderick’s return was funny, as was Christmas drinks before she comes home. Then comes along Fiona, Roderick’s ex. The budding friendship between Kate and Roderick suddenly comes to an abrupt end. But Fiona is up to something, something more than just snaring the handsome Laird.
Can Kate find out before he is suckered in again? Can she stick to her year off men and more important can she save the baby seal. This book wasn’t the hardest hitting read, nor was in thought provoking. What is is, is a gentl story of love and friendship. If you want to unashamedly lose yourself in a good old fashioned love story, this is the one for you. If you love the tales of the bonds of having a good girlfriend (or four) this is definitely the one for you.
I loved it, it made me smile. More than that, it made me want to put the kettle on, have a cup of tea and dive into a decent sized piece of cake!!