It’s my pleasure to join the blog tour and share my review for Harper’s Highland Fling, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
Harper’s Highland Fling takes us from Cornwall to the majestic glory of the Scottish Highlands via the scenic Lake District. Harper MacDonald, executive headteacher of a federation of village schools, had done a sterling job of turning around those schools threatened with closure. Now it was the end of the academic year and, before she had to make a decision about her future, there was a three week tour of Nepal to look forward to. Or so she thought.
However, things were not exactly going to plan. Harper’s niece, Ariel, who lived with her, was supposed to be going to L.A. to stay with her mother for the holidays. Instead, Ariel in her wilful and thoughtless way, had left a note saying she was off to goodness knows where with a boy Harper knew nothing about except his name — Pen. As Harper does the rounds trying to locate Ariel, she discovers, after a less than auspicious first meeting, Pen is the son of a local garage owner, Rocco Penhaligon.
Before very long Harper finds herself clad in Pen’s leathers on the back of a vintage motorbike, heading off in pursuit of the two runaways.
‘And we’re off.’ He gunned the bike forward and her hands which had been resting lightly on his shoulders now wrapped themselves around his waist like a terrified boa constrictor.’
Harper’s Highland Fling is an enjoyable, fun read which also has depth as the characters’ back stories are slowly revealed and woven into the story during the trip north, with more revelations later. Beautifully descriptive and visual elements also enhance the narrative. The chemistry between Harper and Rocco gradually becomes evident, even if neither are willing to acknowledge it, which gives rise to humorous situations and exchanges. The journey becomes ever more fraught with one thing after another impeding their progress. I love how the story played out all the way to a perfect ending.
About the Book
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.