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….
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK!!
He wagged a finger at her and grinned. ‘Ah, I knew you’d love it.’ He leaned back and placed his feet up on his desk. ‘So, tell me what you thought of Puesta De Sol.’
The restaurant recommendation had been something she had been sure to make a note of. ‘Oh, Noah, it was incredible. The crab claws were to die for. And the tamales…’
He nodded. ‘I love their gazpacho,’ he said dreamily with a shake of his head. ‘So fresh and aromatic. I really must go back there soon.’ He suddenly clapped his hands and Zara almost jumped out of her skin. ‘Now, what’s next for Zara Bailey?’
She knew it was a rhetorical question as she grinned, grabbed her notebook and pen from her bag and straightened her spine. ‘Yes, do tell.’
He frowned and pursed his lips. ‘Now, you know we’re a team here at The Bohemian and we have each other’s back?’
She nodded, no clue where he was going with this. ‘Absolutely.’
‘Good… good. Well, I have a real challenge for you. Something for you to get your teeth into. Something different.’
Her mind began to whir with all the possibilities. Was it going to be some far-flung country in Asia or Africa? Or maybe something on a cruise ship? Her heart skipped in anticipation. ‘Go on’ she insisted, eyebrows raised, body leaning slightly forward.
He held his hands up in the air and simply said, ‘Scotland.’
She paused and crumpled her brow. ‘I’m sorry – what? I thought you said Scotland for a moment.’ A nervous giggle escaped her throat.
He grinned. ‘That’s because I did.’
Hmm. Okay. Scotland isn’t exactly what I expected but let’s see where he’s going with this. She tried to smile. ‘Scotland?’ She nodded. ‘Scot…land, okay.’ She was trying to appear excited. She knew there were some very luxurious hotels round Scotland but she wasn’t really sure how this would all come together. Then it dawned on her: Scotland was going to be the starting point for some amazing cruise to the Norwegian Fjords or something equally wonderful. Perhaps she would be required to stay somewhere like The Balmoral in Edinburgh before boarding ship or whatever they called it. She’d seen pictures of the rooms there and they really were beautiful. In fact, she was very much aware that the stars loved the place so who might she bump into for a quote for her piece? The cast of Outlander maybe?Hmm… Sam Heughan… yes, please. And Norway… excellent. Another stunning destination she could tick off her list.
She breathed a relieved sigh. ‘And then where?’
Noah frowned. ‘I don’t get you.’
Her palms were sweating and she almost lost the grip on her pen. ‘Well, obviously you wouldn’t want me to write about Scotland. I mean, I usually go to more far-flung places. So, where am I heading off to after starting in Scotland?’
He lowered his feet to the floor and linked his fingers together, resting them on the desk. ‘Zara, the assignment is Scotland.’
She was nodding as if she had no control over her head. ‘I see… I see.’
Noah now wore a serious expression and cleared his throat. ‘It’s like this, Zara – Dillon would be the go-to guy for this assignment but he has today handed in his notice. He’s accepted a position with a rival magazine.’ He almost curled his lip as he uttered the words. ‘So, he’s in the process of packing up his desk for garden leave.’
This came as a huge shock. Dillon appeared to love his job. The Bohemian was his life; travelling all the wild and rugged places for work was his dream job.
‘Oh… I had no idea…’
Noah nodded slowly, a deep crease crumpling his forehead. ‘Hmm. It was a shock to me too. But anyway, I figured as you’re the other travel writer and you’re a dedicated team player you’d be right up for the challenge.’
Slowly a realisation began to sink down onto her. Pushing her into her chair, and she felt herself getting lower. ‘You mean… you mean you want me to travel around and stay in youth hostels and bed and breakfasts like Dillon usually does?’ She swallowed hard as a little nausea washed over her. This wasn’t good. The idea of sleeping in places like that not only didn’t appeal to her in the slightest but it gave her the creeps. ‘Don’t you?’ She hoped with all her heart that she was completely wrong.
Noah sat up straight. ‘Even better! You’re going camping!’
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.