cover image Kilt Trip

Kilt Trip

Alexandra Kiley. Canary Street, $19.88 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-335-00929-6

Kiley debuts with a charming romance that doubles as a vivid travelogue through Scotland. Logan Sutherland is satisfied with the way things are at his family-run Heart of the Highlands tour company. Therefore, he’s very reluctant when his father hires American travel consultant Addie Macrae to refresh their tours and broaden their appeal. Since the death of her mom 10 years earlier, Addie has committed herself to globe-trotting, never staying in one place long enough to form lasting friendships or relationships. Still, Scotland calls to her because of her family heritage and because she has old photos of her mom visiting unlabeled parts of the Scottish countryside and wants to track down the locations. Logan’s accent and kilt appeal to Addie, though he makes it difficult, at first, to make progress on modernizing the business. Only after Logan insists that Addie experience the personal, off-the-beaten-track tours he specializes in do they both realize that perhaps a compromise of their styles is possible. Their ensuing romance strikes a nice balance between romantic interludes and heartfelt banter. Armchair travelers will especially enjoy this flirty jaunt through the highlands. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (Mar.)