Over the August Bank Holiday, my husband and I took my elderly mother-in-law to visit her family in Scotland. The weather was brilliantly sunny. Indeed, we were probably in the best part of the country for the weather. We visited Perth, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, St Andrews and Pitlochry. To accompany all this wonderful scenery and good weather, I was reading Harper’s Highland Fling, by author and Scottish enthusiast, Lizzie Lamb.
This is the third book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed the conflict between the two main characters of the book, Rocco Penhaligan and Harper MacDonald as they travel together in search of their gallivanting teenagers – Rocco’s son, Pen, and Harper’s niece, Ariel. It all made for page-turning fun as they chased the youngsters all the way from Cornwall to Plockton in Scotland.
Lizzie says, “Having independently published six novels to date I’ve got a real feel for what my readers want. I’d long had a fancy for writing a ‘road trip novel’ and decided that Harper’s Highland Fling would be it. As an avid caravanner I’ve stayed in most parts of the country and once I got out the atlas to plot Harper’s journey north the novel almost wrote itself. My husband enjoys restoring old vehicles and I imagined exactly how Harper would feel when Rocco turns up on an old motorbike and tells her to ‘get on or get left behind.’ Left with no choice she does the latter. We were both primary school teachers for thirty four years, so I was able to write with some authority about how Harper felt at the end of a long, gruelling academic year when she discovers that her wayward niece has scuppered her holiday plans.”
Finally, one of my favourite places in Scotland is Plockton so it was a no-brainer for me to set the novel there (with a stop over in Leicester where I live).”
Plockton is a small village in the Lochalsh, Wester Ross area of the Highlands, with a population of less than 500. It has often been called ‘the Jewel of the Highlands’
Lizzie’s book, certainly is a jewel which I would highly recommend. It kept me fully entertained over the break and even for a few days on my return. I think it is probably my favourite by this author, although they are all good and unique in their own ways.
The five others are also featured below and as we’re all different, other readers may find their favourites among the titles featured below.
Lizzie’s books can be found on her Amazon author page or her website at https://lizzielamb.co.uk