Tuesday, July 30, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- A Highlander Walks into a Bar (A Highland, Georgia Novel #1 ) by Laura Trentham


The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?   AMAZON  4 STARS

As I looked at the book information, I thought what a cute idea.  As I read it, the humor was what got to me the most.  I loved the funny conversations that Isabel (Izzy) and Alasdair had.  Izzy's dad used to be amused by Izzy's "word salad".  I didn't know exactly what that meant until she mentioned that she was prone to have whatever she thought come right out of her mouth.  Then I watched it happen time after time with so many funny outcomes.  She was also called "Dizzy Izzy" because she tended to be accident prone.  Often injuring herself and sometimes those standing too close to her.  Something else that also lent itself to some funny moments. 
Both Alastair and Gareth are hiding some fairly major secrets.  Izzy's mother Rose is the one who brought Gareth back with her.  Scottish souvenir remember?  I just kept wondering when and how those secrets were going to implode! Especially the one that Alastair accidentally set in  motion.  When that one gets revealed it's going to be really bad. 
As charming as the story was, it also felt like it dragged a bit a couple of times.  
On another note I really didn't like how obsessively hovering Alastair's mother was.  I really didn't like her but she does redeem herself towards the end of the story.  That had me changing my mind about her.
I'll be giving this book 4 STARS on Amazon. Not only because I liked the people in the book but  because the humor alone is worth it.  It had me smiling through much of the book.

 “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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