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After a fight with her boyfriend, a business trip to Scotland is the perfect diversion for Jenny Porter, who works as a virtual assistant for a financial executive. Dispatched to assess a failing textile mill, Jenny instead finds herself determined to save it at any cost after befriending its charming employees. That cost might just be her sanity as she stretches her resouAfter a fight with her boyfriend, a business trip to Scotland is the perfect diversion for Jenny Porter, who works as a virtual assistant for a financial executive. Dispatched to assess a failing textile mill, Jenny instead finds herself determined to save it at any cost after befriending its charming employees. That cost might just be her sanity as she stretches her resources, patience, and compassion to the outer limits.As she gets to know the colorful Dalmain clan, Jenny just can't say no when asked to help run a mobile food stand, save the family business, put an overbearing matriarch in her place, rekindle an old romance, or throw a dinner party for sixteen on short notice. Then there's the problem of being attracted to the dashing yet abrasive Ross Grant, who has a way of showing up just when things seem almost sane and manageable.The majestic Scottish highlands, covered in purple heather and dotted with sheep and llamas, provide a dramatic backdrop while Jenny tries to pull everything together in time to save the mill and figure out her increasingly complicated personal life, in this delightful romantic romp....

Title : Highland Fling
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ISBN : 9780312317683
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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Highland Fling Reviews

  • Liesel
    2019-03-03 13:03

    A little slower of a book than the others, but still a nice finish. A few things that I like about Katie Fforde:When driving is involved, no drinking is done by the driverPregnancy is always a very real possibility after sexThe couples always get engaged by the endThe heroine always falls asleep in the presence of the hero and it's generally in a car on the way to a date. And the hero doesn't mind. I don't know why I like this, but I do. Something I don't like:The heroine always finds as many excuses as possible in order to believe that the guy actually hates her instead of loves her. This just gets annoying.

  • Wanderer ♔ Wanderlust ♔
    2019-03-02 19:03

    Jenny Porter, who recently started a new career as a virtual assistant, and her boyfriend Henry. A virtual assistant (as we are told over and over) is someone who does various tasks for clients that hire her over the internet. Her current assignment is to travel to Scotland to assess an old family-run mill recently purchased by her current client, M.R Grant-Dempsey. With Henry's disapproval of her new job we, the readers, are already made aware that Henry = ass therefore, Jenny should go to Scotland and hopefully find Mr. Not-An-Ass.On the way to the mill Jenny meets a lady working a booth selling food and drinks who happens to be an in-law of the family who runs the mill (her husband is second son, Ian). She is also extremely pregnant and in need of a trip to the bathroom so asks Jenny to hold down the fort while she steps out. It is then that a customer, a Mr. Ross Grant, approaches and he and Jenny take an instant disliking for one another. That meeting alone was the beginning of the annoyance factor for me because the argument they had was ridiculous. It was just the beginning of a series of similar meetings that raised my own level of annoyance with each encounter. At one point they even started cursing at each other. That actually caught me off guard until I listened further and realized yes, I agreed with Ross when he told Jenny to, "Shut the fuck up". Bad sign, right? Another issue I had with the book was how Jenny became the savior of all and solver of everything. Want to save the mill? Jenny's your gal. Have agoraphobia? Jenny can cure you. Planning a big dinner at the last minute? It's Super Jenny to the rescue! Seriously, no one can do that…….well, maybe Martha Stewart. I didn't care for any of the secondary characters (except maybe a little for Ian and his wife) and I definitely didn't believe in the romance build-up between Jenny and Ross. Also, the mysterious client's identity wasn't such a mystery. I realized who he was from the start and I didn't even have to use my Matlock deductive skills (yes, my mom was a big fan of that show as well as Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote etc…which gave me my mad skills at Clue). The main reason I pushed through this was that it was an audio book and the narrator, Julie Franklin, did a decent job differentiating the characters. Listening to audio version during work. I know what's going on but don't really have an invested interest in where the story is going or what the heroine is doing. Ultimately, I used the book as background noise while at work. I still got the gist of the story but I never felt a need to give it my complete attention. This was my first book by Katie Fforde and I'm afraid it didn't leave a very good impression.

  • Kate’s Book Spot
    2019-03-07 14:20

    I really enjoy Katie Fforde books so when I saw this in my local bookshop at a bargain price I couldn’t resist.The pace was comfortable and I quickly fell into the storyline, not wanting to put the book down. Unfortunately this did take me rather a long time to read but it wasn’t at all because of the book – I had so much going on in my real life that I just didn’t have time to sit and read as much as usual .Jenny was a sweet character who seemed unable to say no to people but I loved how feisty she became whenever Ross was around, he really brought out the worst in her but they definitely had an exciting spark. Ross was one of those powerful male characters who didn’t say much, but didn’t need to because he was so confident and sexy. He had a mysterious side and I got the feeling that he was keeping something from Jenny.I actually felt nervous when Jenny was meeting Lady Dalmain for the first time, her daughter-in-law called her ‘the matriarch’ so I envisioned a scary woman who took no prisoners. I was, in fact, fascinated by her traditional values and old-fashioned ways.As the book progressed there were many hurdles to cross and it was all systems go, Jenny worked very hard but often found herself distracted by her love life and it was at those times she seemed to struggle to hold it all together. Personally I was hoping that the inevitable would happen and she would succumb to her feelings.There were a few moments that were particularly enjoyable for me – Jenny’s first meeting with her virtual boss, a hectic dinner party, a tense business meeting and a snowy walk that ended up hotter than it should have been!This was a cosy read with a lovely ending, a perfect snuggle on the sofa book.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-04 12:04

    I picked this book up because it was set in the Scottish Highlands. It was an enjoyable light read with a very realistic view of Scotland in winter. It was refreshing to read of cold, draughty stately homes and dismal weather rather than the rose tinted view of Scotland and its weather that writers often give us.Unfortunately Katie Fforde's realism didn't extend to the romantic story line which was very 'Mills and Boon'-ish with an equally unbelievable soft-focus ending.Still, there were interesting characters and a satisfying plot. Jenny Porter is a virtual assistant who is sent to Scotland to check out the viability of a failing woollen mill by her employer, whom she has never met. Jenny becomes determined to save the mill and the jobs of all the people employed there and finds herself becoming attached to both the people and the place. She also finds herself becoming attached to the rugged Ross Grant and detached from her long time boyfriend Henry.

  • Kate
    2019-02-23 14:01

    The thing with Katie Fforde is you know what you are getting - girl meet boy, girl hates boy but discovers they are somewhat disarming, girl realize she loves boy, boy feels the same.Ok so it wasn't as well written as some of her others and a trite annoying at times…… but umm I generally pick up her books because for what ever reason my brain is fried and it needs light relief. I got exactly what I needed some whimsical fluff! Bless.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-07 11:13

    Ughhh I gave up on this book and returned it without finishing it. Story has the same plot line as the author has done before, female character as a fish out of water, quirky characters and unexpected romance.

  • Ilse
    2019-03-17 13:19

    opnieuw een toppertje van katie fforde. alhoewel al haar boeken op dezelfde manier zijn opgebouwd, is elk boek ook weer helemaal anders. ik hou er van :)

  • Michelle (MichelleBookAddict)
    2019-03-25 14:02

    August 20134.5★♥So this was a major "cool off for summertime" as the H and h get stuck in a snow storm in the mountains of Scotland on Christmas day (this was more than just a holiday read though). They ended up staying in a sort of igloo survival room built into the mountain's snow. I had goose bumps just reading about that.Anyway, my review...This is a cute Brit-lit romance. The characters are likable to read. The romance is there. It's just the plot is a little slow towards the end. The plot is of a Jenny Porter, whom is in a relationship with a Bridget Jones bad guy character (Hugh Grant's character - in fact there is a lot of references of the actor and the movie/ book). She then goes to Scotland to "handle" a business for her clint -whom she hasn't meet despite working for him for about two years. She believes that he wants the company closed down - so naturally she tries to save it.I liked Jenny. She's a bit of a pushover at times. She took too long in dumping the very bad boyfriend. It was ridiculous the way Henry comes to Scotland to see her. I felt that he was a complete idiot. Ross Grant (the hero) is a likeable character. There just wasn't enough of him in the book.The Scots that she stays with are a little nerve racking. Their drinking behavior is a little AA excessive. The other characters in the "Highlands" are more likable and funny at times.Just for the love of God, why did Fforde have to make the third portion of the story so slow? Skip the slow stuff to find the romantic stuff isn't a plus in my thoughts. Which was why I knocked down the rating star some. It's not a complete 5★ IMHO. But I loved the very end. That was very romantic. *swoon*Do I like the heroine and hero interaction? Yes, but their isn't enough. Do I recommend reading? Yes.

  • Megha Mathur
    2019-03-08 19:18

    jenny has just taken up the new job of a VA, virtual assistant. you do as your boss says without ever meeting him - your only means of communication with him are through your laptop. her latest assignment is to go down to the damian mills, assess what's wrong with it, and close it down as soon as she can. simple, right? hell no...because damian mills is owned by the, to put it nicely, screwed up damian family. lady damian with her rich people ways, looking down at many, including her own daughter. Felicity, the eldest and the only daughter, who serves her mother day and night and is too scared to stand up to her mother (has been for her entire life) and is starting to secretly rekindle a long-lost flame. Iain, the youngest child, who married a 'commoner', as lady dalmain puts it and runs the homely haggis, a mobile restaurant. and Phillip, the middle child and the oldest son. when their father passes away, buisness goes to phillip, who doesn't do such a great job taking care of it.before jenny can close the mill she by accident meets the employess of the mill, people who have been working there for generations. how can she let this place close? well, she wont...only over her dead body!

  • Sara ♥
    2019-03-14 12:26

    Meh.... It was okay. I think I'm over the Fforde cousins (Katie and Jasper).This book was just... blegh to me. I dunno. It was like that movie New in Town... Shockingly similar, actually... Except that this book took place in Scotland and wasn't as emotionally gripping... at all. And without most of the sexual tension.I dunno—I just didn't believe that the main guy and girl would really go for each other. They were fighting the whole time, except they both found each other very attractive (because that's a solid base for a long-term, fulfilling relationship), and then all of a sudden they're in love and getting married? Say what? They went out like ONE TIME, and she was half asleep! What the dodgy? It was mostly just silly. And you couldn't even SEE the kilts. :(

  • Sheila
    2019-03-21 13:18

    I did quite enjoy this Scottish tale of Katie Fforde. It was slightly spoilt for me in that I had already heard the story read on audio and so knew roughly what was going to happen. However, good, readable tale about a young girl, Jenny or Genevieve, helping to save a failing woollen mill from her virtual boss, Ross Grant-Dempsey, closing it down. Naturally being a Katie Fforde romance, in the course of helping the upper class Scottish family and their mill she falls in love with her virtual boss. They start off on opposing sides and through a series of spats and disagreements both with the mill and with the alternate love interest of Jenny's English boyfriend, Henry, who follows her to Scotland, finally achieve romantic bliss. Interesting take too on a landed Scottish gentry family, the Dalmains.

  • Koepf13
    2019-03-11 18:21

    Great read with really interesting characters. You learn to love each character for their absolute uniqueness and interesting personalities. The main plot takes you for a ride while the subplots wind throughout the story making this a well rounded book. Fforde does a fabulous job creating believable characters that have flaws and flings. Throughout the book you find yourself rooting for the heroine as she works her fingers to the bone trying to save the mill that she is sent to basically close down for her boss. Little does she know but her sexy boss has followed her north to Scotland and is basically haunting her as she tries to trudge through life with truly hard to deal with people. As the romance/hate parade continues you begin to root for the attraction that is building between the heroine and the boss. This is a great fun read with lots of humor and sarcasm!

  • Michala
    2019-03-18 17:20

    I always enjoy Katie's books, she has a away of getting you involved in the characters you want to see the girl get her happy ending. Jenny is a virtual assistant and goes up to Scotland (leaving her boyfriend Henry behind or at least that's what she thinks) to help Dalmain Mill's. Jenny does things to help other people even if it means taking a lot on. While she is there she meets Ross Grant. I must admit I didn't feel there was much of a connection between the two. Jenny hated/loved him so when they were together is was both shouting and angry with one another then next minute he's kissing her. Which when your attracted to someone who frustrates you I get. I think I would have liked to have seen more scenes with them together.

  • Barbora
    2019-03-19 17:24

    Sice jsem od této knihy nečekala víc než letní oddechovku, přesto jsem zklamaná. Příběh je tak jasný už od začátku, že to ani víc zřejmé být nemůže. Hlavní postava je nadaná workoholička, která je vyslaná na skotský venkov zjistit stavy v malé továrně, ale sama se rozhodne továrnu zachránit a najednou umí a dokáže všechno - pomáhá všem kromě sebe. Další postavy jsou jako po lobotomii mozku a bez Jenny (hlavní postava) se nejsou schopny rozhodnout prakticky o ničem. Další věc, která mi vadila, bylo přeskakování v příběhu a naopak detailní popisování některých situací. Tentokrát to byla špatná volba :(

  • Danielle Asbury
    2019-02-25 18:10

    The flow of the plot was slow to be honest. It was more of a self journey and of others than a romance. The plot was focused on other characters and their issues and worries. The main character was simply just helping them. I was also disappointed with the ending. How drastically things had changed and it seemed rushed. I know stories can seem unrealistic, but this was ridiculous. The only thing I liked about this book was when there was a slight twist. This book isn't worth reading to be honest, and I don't feel comfortable in saying that.... it's well written but the plot was rather boring and sometimes cliché.

  • Linda Day
    2019-03-04 17:14

    Read on the recommend of my friend, Rosemary, I liked this quirky little story of romance in the snows of Scotland amid the closing of the town-dependent mill, the annoying family of the Lady Dalmain, the side adventures of The Homely Haggis et all. I found Genevieve (Jenny) a little too abrasive with Ross (the threatening land-lord) for the romance that developed (did that spoil the surprise ? I think not !I had that figured out by Ch. 2. another complaint I had). I learned a lot about wool, felt, nuno. winter mtn. climbing, and cooking for a crowd. Those things far over-shadowed the negatives. Fun, quick, and season approprpriate !

  • Coffcat
    2019-03-07 19:17

    I just couldn't like this book. The character development was non existent and there were just too many things the reader had to swallow with no explanation. To compound the problem the heroine of the story seemed flighty and spent too much time worry about everything and when she wasn't worrying she was furious at the hero of the story. All in all it wasn't a fun book to read. Too much work to read through the mess to get to the last 3 pages so you can get to the "slap a happy ending on this story".

  • Jacqueline
    2019-03-07 17:27

    I read this a few years ago and didn't remember liking it, but I started it yesterday morning and finished it last night - just had to keep on reading. Not sure why I've changed my mind, probably says more about me than it does about the book! I just love a strong male character who sweeps the independent woman off her feet and so that makes me willing to overlook the daft stuff. Loved the whole stranded in a snow hole scene **sigh**Very similar to Thyme out and Stately Pursuits - a decent Katie Fforde.

  • Rosemary
    2019-03-16 13:20

    Katie Fforde is a very light read, a total escape. I love that the books take place in England and Scotland and I have been to some of the places. This was a fun read. It was not all that believable. Jenny is a Virtual Assistant sent to find out about a failing Mill, she falls in love with Scotland and the people, and does everything she can to save the Mill. In the mean time meats and annoying bloke. The romance starts. I liked it as quick read. Not clean surprise surprise some language and one sex scene.

  • Katie Oliver
    2019-03-11 17:13

    Highland Fling (unlike the rather boring book by Nancy Mitford) is entertaining and breezy. When Jenny Porter, a virtual assistant, arrives at Dalmain House in the Scottish Highlands, she's there because her boss wants to shut the family-owned textile mill down. But Jenny doesn't want that to happen. She'll do anything to stop it - including squaring off with the redoubtable Ross Grant. An enjoyable read that reminded me of a Dorothy Eden novel. Great characters, great fun.

  • Carolyn Hill
    2019-03-26 12:28

    Wildly improbable, total romantic fluff. I dislike romances where the 'spark' is antagonistic contempt overridden by lust. Must be true love? Wrong. However, it did make me laugh a few times. Fforde is witty, and some of her metaphors and descriptions were funny and original. I was looking for something light with a Scottish setting after watching Outlander. No violence, no torture, contemporary light-hearted romance. I guess it was that, but not much more.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-17 19:14

    A cute and fluffy read. All of Fforde's books seem to be pretty much the same story involving an insecure woman trying to be independent and falling in love with the rough, tough man that complicates her life. I like her as a writer, though, because so far all of her books I've read have a happy ending. I like that.

  • Lianna
    2019-02-28 17:00

    Again this was ok and there were things I liked. But I just don't feel the main people we are supposed to be rooting on getting together, have had enough time to be in love. I don't feel the love and the ending just happens as soon as something happens. I want to actually see them together or feel how they feel.

  • Virginia
    2019-03-11 19:05

    This was my first Katie Fforde, and I will read more! Though the story was a bit predictable, I think some of it was on purpose. I liked the characters a lot, especially the colorful supporting cast. The heroine's propensity for cluelessness (something that usually drives me nuts) was easily pushed aside for the sake of the story.

  • Maarja
    2019-03-19 15:23

    If you just want a book that you can read mindlessly and that has some romance in it, Highland Fling is the way to go. The romance is a bit slow and you can see the plot line from miles away, but I read this book at a time when I didn't want to concentrate on anything too much but still wanted to be able to read.

  • Tory
    2019-03-26 13:02

    This had potential. Iet started out with good characters, witty, a decent story line: A woman working to save a textile mill of an unknown client. Then the “client” and the woman fall in love, yada yada yada. Near the end it got not-so-good. And every character lived happily ever after, of course.The first half was good though.

  • Hanneke
    2019-02-23 16:22

    A very, very simple book. It's like when you decide to watch a romantic comedy: you already know in the beginning how the story will end but still you are watching the movie cause it's just simple and feelgood. Nice when you are tired and don't want to think so much while reading. It is just an ordinary chick-flick.

  • Mulva?
    2019-03-04 12:12

    It was okay. I would have liked a little more relationship development. I can't stand when the guy and the girl are always fighting and somehow that turns into an intense relationship. Can't you have two people who actually get along sometimes???With that said... I'll still give Fforde another read. I'm not THAT picky.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-23 15:18

    Overall, entertaining! The family that Jenny is helping are all rather irritating, and you just have to ask to how/why she is still helping them. Also, the love interest isn't really dealt with clearly. However, the setting really shines as the main character for me- it added a lot of life and body to the story!

  • Komal
    2019-03-24 18:15

    Katie Fforde is my most-loved writer among chick-lit writers and this book remains my favourite read of hers. Apart from amazing writing, bonus points for beautiful Scottish setting, memorable scenes and dialogues and an unforgettable hero (which you can day-dream and envy!)If you have not read it yet, pick it up for Valentine's day! :)