'Lisa Hobman has written a sparkling, enchanting romantic comedy, all in the bonniest of settings – I loved it' Lulu Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author.
The stunning new story from the bestselling author of What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.
Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe's most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world's most glamorous cities... Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job!
So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland's Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can't remotely be dressed up glamping!
But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is...
Praise for Lisa Hobman:
'Heartwarming and uplifting' Heidi Swain.
'This is a story to fall in love with, a triumph of love over loss, hope over heartache and ultimately a tale that will lift your spirits and leave you smiling at the end!' Faith Hogan.
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About the Author
Lisa's debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RNA. Her stories centre around believable, yet down to earth characters and the places in Scotland she has visited and fallen in love with. She is a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs.
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Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe's most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world's most glamorous cities... Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job! So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland's Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can't remotely be dressed up as glamping! But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is... This was a fairly quick read that I enjoyed. I liked both characters. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Zara is a travel writer, assigned to write about luxury destinations for an up and coming magazine in London. From Miami resorts to Maldives Honeymoon escapes she loves the variety, the challenge and the touches of luxury that she otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford while chasing her childhood dream of travelling the world. Her best friend from school, Shelley, and a best friend from work, Marco, make up her little group, and with her boyfriend of the past year, Josh, things are moving nicely. Coming back from a Miami assignment, she’s ready for the next trip and heads into work. Discovering that the “adventure” travel writer has quit without real notice and the boss has decided that she needs to fill in on his next assignment sends this city girl into a panic – bicycling the North Coast 500 – a 500 mile trip that traverses the Scottish Highlands in a giant circle with Inverness Castle at the start and end. While she bikes to work and around the park occasionally, a five hundred mile trip that includes camping is NOT on her wish list, but the boss is undeterred. Fortunately, her boyfriend Josh manages an outdoor adventure shop, so she’s able to use the company card to outfit herself for the journey, and get in some unexpected flirting time with the boyfriend, one who her friends don’t like. They have reason, as Josh turns out to, after a year of dating, have a ten year old child that he’d never mentioned, and the baby mama and child are arriving in days… days in which Zara is expected to ‘accept’ this information all while dreading her next assignment. Of course, Josh, who seems from the jump to be incredibly self-centered, is ‘caught’ cheating – and Zara leaves for her trip with what she believes is a broken heart and plenty of angst. This was SO wonderfully readable – and Zara alternated between being adorably funny, snarky and occasionally far too naïve for her own good. From renaming her hire bicycle to discovering the Highlands, illegally camping on a crofter’s land, only to crash the bike and land at his feet (almost literally) in a re-enactment where she thought she “did a Claire”, it’s clear that discouraged and snarky really aren’t who she is, and the time away from both the office and her friends give her a brief glimpse at new options, and time to work on her novel contained on her pink flash drive as she waits for a new bike from the hire company after killing the first. Connecting with Lachlan and finding options that she never thought plausible, but discounting the connection because of distance, her dream of writing is just that, until he makes some moves. Zara is desperately trying to find things her friends have: relationships that are becoming more permanent, finding fulfillment in work, homes and their life in the city – and her dreams of becoming an author are merely that. Until Lachlan, crofter and attorney, uses his connections and a belief in her story to push her and her book forward, and grab for a chance for their own happy ever after. Adorable, romantic and compelling – Zara is the girl you want to know, Lachlan is the Scot you want to meet and the story is just how it should be – including fangirl moments, awards, hope and heart. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Thank you to NetGalley and Aria, for the read of Lisa Hobman’s, A Summer of New Beginnings. From the absolutely gorgeous cover, right through to the end of this wonderful book, Lisa Hobman delivers a sure-fire must-read. Zara, beautiful, dream job travel writer, seems to have it all going on – even has Josh, the gorgeous boyfriend to boot. Just when Zara starts to think Josh might be ready to move them to the next level, he drops a relationship TNT. Hurt, shaken and confused, Zara needs time to sort out her emotions and figure out what she wants. Perfectly timed is her boss’s decision to send Zara on assignment to Scotland for the NC500. Zara is not overly thrilled, as bicycling and camping out are not exactly her thing. Nonetheless, Zara is encouraged by her loving family and friends that this assignment couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Zara resignedly begins her bicycling journey and en route, discovers the breathtaking beauty of the North Highlands. With every aching mile, Zara becomes increasingly enchanted with the sheer splendour of the rugged mountainsides, white sand beaches, friendly locals, and yes, a handsome stranger. When Zara meets with a head-over-handle bars mishap, she finds herself suddenly being taken care of Lachlan (Lachy), her handsome lawyer-come-crofter stranger. With Lachy, tending to her along with Bess, his faithful furry friend, Zara discovers the peace and calm that comes with the quiet of the countryside, far from the city. Both Zara and Lachy realize the chemistry brewing between them, but they each have their own past hurts and issues to sort out, and Zara is determined to finish her 500 miles, and return to her London life. But with the beauty of Scotland still steaming in every part of her, can she ignore the crazy beatings of her heart whenever she thinks of Lachy? After experiencing an extraordinary turn of events, Zara finds herself back in Scotland, where a miscommunication causes a rift between herself and Lachy. Can the two find their way to each other on this rocky road romance? You’ll have to read it to find out. There was so much that I loved about this book. The characters were genuine; Zara could be your real-life friend and Lachy, a sensitive but all-manly man. Friends and family were true to life. Just as brilliant, was the way Lisa Hobman captured the scenery. The pages were drenched in brilliant blue skies, sandy white beaches, and gorgeous mountains. You could create in your mind so vividly the smell of the aromatic hot chocolate, or the taste of the homemade flapjacks. Just wonderful. After reading A Summer of New Beginnings, you cannot help but want to experience for yourself the splendour of Scotland … and the chance to bump into a gorgeous Scotsman a la kilt. Totally loved the book.
A wonderfully warm read and one I've so enjoyed! Zara Bailey works as a journalist for a travel magazine; whilst her colleague Dillon handles the adventurous assignments, Zara is more than happy to jet her way round the world reporting on all the luxury destinations and returning home to her London flat to spend time with friends, family and her boyfriend Josh. However, when Dillon suddenly leaves his job and Josh turns out to be not quite the man she thought he was, Zara is quite appalled to be given the task of cycling across the Highlands of Scotland and worse - horror of horrors - camping in her very own tent! But then, having sworn off men perhaps a bit of solitude is just what she needs? I share Zara's dread of camping, so empathised greatly with the situation she finds herself in, but she is strong-willed and even stronger minded and sets off with a determination that I greatly admired. There is lots of humour in this novel, not least Zara's love / hate relationship with her bike! With an aversion to men coursing through her veins, she makes great time until disaster strikes. This is such a lovely read with so much going on! The people, the scenery - and the delicious food - of the Highlands would make anyone plan a visit there and I found myself racing through the pages so quickly! Beautifully crafted with flowing writing and a great cast of characters whom I feel I could bump into at any time, this is a real pleasure to read and it's most definitely a book which I recommend utterly and completely. Author Lisa Hobman has more than earned every one of the five stars I'm happily giving her novel.
Mixed up emotions, a dreaded work assignment, the beauty of Scotland, and a chance meet flow into an engaging story. I loved the ups and downs successions that happen to Zara Bailey as her life takes a turn away from her ordinary life into something beautiful. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I give this 3.5 stars. Zara redeems herself by the end of the book. At one point Lachlan calls Zara stereotyping and judgmental and I have to agree for most of the book that is what she is. It is really hard to like her as a person when she stereotyping a place or the people. She also constantly put her own-self down and never thought she was good enough, which again gets annoying. Loved Lachlan and loved the descriptions of Scotland, makes me want to go back. Zara by the end is a better person and also has more confidence in herself. In the end I am happy to see everything worked out the way it should. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*