So far, Kathie Williams has made a good showing as the only American at a mystery writers' conference in Manchester - what with that falling asleep in public thing behind her. The sight of Iain MacLaren wakes her up. Clad in a deliciously woolly sweater, the burly Scotsman seems to be holding up a wall at the cocktail party. So Kathie makes her move...and winds up stark naked with him in bed, where his thick Scottish brogue, thick manly chest, and thick...other parts...drive her to do things she's never done before. Like fall in love. And if things aren't moving fast enough - and on the wrong side of the road, no less - Kathie is about to visit Iain's sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands and meet his sons. She's feeling a wee bit nervous. Because she can't tell where this mad affair is going - except north.
"MacAlister once again produces an engaging story that has many laugh-out-loud moments. The characters are all pleasingly unique, and the hero is all man." (RT Book Reviews)
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Couldn't finish it
I wanted to like this book -I really did. And it started out ok, maybe for the first few chapters or so. But when the heroine of the book throws her vacation plans away to live with a man she just met a few days ago at a conference, my interest started to wane. He's a sheep farmer; she's a mystery novel writer. He goes out to tend his sheep and she does what she can to change his way of life. Like insisting his working sheep dogs sleep in the house on a blanket by the fire. And breaking down when she realizes the lambs can't be her personal pets (they're off to the slaughter). There are attempts at humour -long, drawn-out accounts of her falling in sheep dung wearing a wool skirt and expensive blouse (she's always wearing a blouse!?) and a painful account relating a mix-up involving the word "pants" ("men's underwear" in Scotland, apparently). And the time the enlightened 9 year-old neighbour couldn't stop mispronouncing the word "penis" -as "peenish". Really?? A 9 year-old can't say "penis"?? So the story goes on in this vein for a while. Basically, she gives up her life to hang around his farm in the desperate hope that he will marry her. That's right. After a grand total of 1 month together, she is convinced they belong together forever, and starts to get pissy when he doesn't propose. Then she launches a creepy, circa 1950esque campaign to manipulate him into marriage. I think it was supposed to be funny or something, but I just cringed. Actually, I cringed a lot. And then I stopped listening. I moved on to the next book on my list, and heaved a great sigh of relief.