Series: Highland Georgia #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Highland, GA
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer 2019
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?
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham is a fun tale of Scotland meets Georgia with the charm of a small southern town. Overall, the story is low angst and I enjoyed that a great deal. Highland Georgia holds a Highland Festival every year and Izzy’s family organizes and hosts. Izzy’s life took a dramatic turn after the death of her father-she decided to study accountancy instead of creative writing, and after graduation, she moves back home and lives with her mom. But now, her mom has brought home a Scottish hunk and his nephew is chasing after him to ensure he isn’t being taken to the cleaners.
Alasdair and Izzy are alike in many ways: both lost their fathers, both are concerned about their family, both feel that their current situation in life isn’t exactly what they always wanted. Izzy wants to keep her father’s legacy alive and gives her all to the Highland festival. Their story is charming-with a Scottish lilt and southern sass! Woven into the tale is also the love story of Izzy’s mom and Alasdair’s uncle. I enjoyed seeing Alasdair and Izzy figure out what they wanted in life and how it was different from the path they found themselves on. Izzy’s delightful awkwardness was endearing and she is a very likable heroine.
If you enjoy small town romance, a nod to historical Highlander games, and two people falling in love when they never expected it, then A Highlander Walks into a Bar will delight you!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: secret identity, small town
- Triggers: View Spoiler »spoiler « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler