A View to a Kilt - Wendy Holden
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Forget about Cool Britannia and Gallic Chic. Scotland is having a fashion moment... London's most glamorous glossy magazine is in trouble. Advertising revenues are non existent, and if editor Laura Lake can't pick them up, she's out of a job. According to those in the know, Scotland is having a fashion moment. Haggis tempura is on Michelin-starred menus, smart spas are offering porridge facials, and a chain of eco-hotels is offering celebrity bagpipe lessons. So Laura's off to a baronial estate in the Scottish Highlands to get a slice of this ultra-high-end market. It's supposed to be gorgeous, glitzy and glamorous. But intrigue follows Laura like night follows day. And at Glenravish Castle – a shooting lodge fit for a billionaire – Laura finds herself hunting for a scoop that won't just save her job, it could save her life...
The craziness is toned down a little in this book, and it was slightly more serious. There are a lot of descriptions of the Scottish countryside and traditions. This very much overruled the book and unfortunately, it lost the ‘Laura Lake’ magic that had been present in the first three books. I’m not sure if I was slightly disappointed with this book because I had just read the third book and that was jam-packed with craziness or whether I just wasn’t as enamoured with this one, or not. I did like that we got to follow Lulu away from Laura, as I really like Lulu; she’s hilarious. However, I did feel that even her colloquialisms were also played down somewhat. I don’t like Harry, at all, and wish Laura would kick him to the curb. I’m not sure why she likes him so much either. Is it just the connection to her dad? He doesn’t seem to have any redeeming features other than saving her every now and again. It was still an enjoyable read but not as amazing as the first three books in the series.