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Highland Fling by Katie Fforde
  

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Highland Fling by Katie Fforde

A fine romance? This is a wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. When 'Virtual Assistant' Jenny Porter's boyfriend accuses her of being impulsive, soft-hearted and unbusinesslike, dashing off to Scotland to sort out a failing mill for one of her clients may not be the best way of proving him wrong. And promising to help run a mobile burger bar before she's even found her feet doesn't help matters. When she finds herself determined to save the mill - whatever her client's wishes - it seems that Henry's accusations may have contained more than a grain of truth. So when Jenny's awkward encounters with the abrasive but disconcertingly attractive Ross Grant develop into something more complicated - just as Henry arrives in Scotland to reclaim her - it's time for Jenny to make some decisions. Should she do the sensible thing and follow Henry back to London? Or is her Highland adventure more than just a fling...?

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The ideal summer read Choice The romance fizzes along with good humour and is a good, fat, summery read Sunday Mirror Old-fashioned romance of the best sort ...funny, comforting Elle
Jenny Porter calls herself a 'Virtual Assistant', taking on a wide range of projects for her various employers. Her latest is to research an ailing Scottish woollen mill and decide whether it is salvageable or should be closed down. Before long she finds herself professionally and emotionally involved not only in the mill and its workers but in various other crises in the lives of the whole community. In no time at all she's running a Burger Bar and arranging elaborate dinner parties for the autocratic mill-owner. But it isn't until she meets her hitherto unseen client (in the most unpropitious of circumstances) that her troubles really begin. And then Henry, her ex, pops up again.... Katie Fforde's likeable heroines are always their own worst enemies: falling in love unsuitably, and usually violently; getting involved in impossible situations, but rescuing themselves and everyone else in the end. Jenny's determination to preserve Dalmain Mills 'and all who serve in them
never wavers, and her inherent kindness and friendliness are vital factors in her success. Although the story is frothy, froth isn

't all. Katie Fforde always has an interesting, and topical, theme to her books that gives them added verisimilitude. Since she won a Romantic Novelists'
Association Award for her first novel, Living Dangerously, she

's built up an enthusiastic and faithful readership which is thoroughly well-deserved. (Kirkus UK)'


About the Author

Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Katie Fforde by Mary Hogarth.

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on KATIE FFORDE
I met Katie through the Romantic Novelists Association, whether you're a published novelist or not, you can still join and get some great tips. Katie is as much fun as her heroines who make me feel that nothing is impossible in life even when you're negotiating unexpected corners. One of my all time favourites is Wild Designs.

Author photo © David O’Driscoll

Below is a Q&A with this author

1. Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until my late twenties. Before that I ran a narrowboat hotel business with my husband and then had babies, but I would have liked to be a counsellor if I wasn’t a writer.
2. Do you miss anything from your life before?
I had a very good life before I became an author, with a lovely husband, children and house. But when I started writing I realised what I had been missing. I think it’s to do with having an overactive imagination and wanting to communicate (which can be a posh word for chat!).
3. What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is getting to try out lots of jobs I could never have had in real life through my characters. It’s also lovely to hear from people who have enjoyed my books – it can give me the impression that I’m doing something worthwhile, even though what I write is for entertainment.
4. How do you start writing a new novel?
I start with a theme. I have several subjects I long to explore bubbling around at any one time and when one comes to the top I start to think about my characters. Then comes the plot. I don’t usually know at the beginning what the ending will be – I have to wait and find out! Although I know that it will be happy.
5. What are the essentials of creating a good romance?
I think a good hero is absolutely key, and then a heroine who the reader can recognise – not too perfect, but likeable. Plot is very important, so then it’s a case of creating a few really romantic scenes. Not necessarily hearts-and-flowers romantic but unexpected romance in surprising places.
6. Why is research important?
It’s hard enough to write a book as it is, let alone without knowing about your theme – you need to know your stuff. That said, some things can be impossible to research, like the judging at the Chelsea Flower Show, or when the Queen visits! I do quite a lot of research personally. I remember a writer friend saying to me, ‘But you write contemporaries, you don’t need to do research’, but that is very far from the truth. My early books were set around my own life – working in a cafe and being a cleaning lady were things I had actually done. However, eventually I ran out of life experience and had to do research. I love finding out fascinating things about subjects that interest me.
7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you try and relieve this?
Writers block happens often in a small way. A change of scene helps to relieve it for me. This might involve shopping, a drive in the car (scenery often gets my creative juices going) or just being with friends. Luckily it never lasts for long with me and is often caused by being a bit tired.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th June 2003

Author

Katie Fforde

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Author's Website

www.katiefforde.com/

Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099415558

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