May 1, 2020

Where Have all the Boy Gone by Jenny Colgan Review

Where Have all the Boys Gone
By Jenny Colgan
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

From New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan comes this hilarious romance about a woman who trades in the comforts of city life in hopes of finding love in a small Scottish town in the middle of nowhere.
Faced with the harsh reality that there are 25,000 more women than men in London, Katie’s dating prospects are at an all-time low. While she’s glad it’s not a man’s world anymore, it wouldn’t hurt if there were more eligible bachelors.  

More likely to get murdered than married, according to gleeful media reports, Katie resigns herself to the fact that there’s no sex in the city for her and decides to head for the hills—or the Scottish Highlands to be exact. Despite the fact she’s never been one for muddy rain boats—and Fairlish is in the middle of nowhere—the tiny town does have one major draw: men. LOTS of them!

But while Katie relishes the chance to do battle with armies of admirers, she’s not excited about going head to head with her shady new boss, Harry. At least there’s the local eye-candy to distract her, including gorgeous newshound Iain. But he is at loggerheads with Harry, and she can’t afford to get on Harry’s bad side any more than she already has.

Life in the country might not be one big roll in the hay, but now that Katie has taken the plunge, can she ever turn her back on the delights of Fairlish and return to city life…?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Jenny Colgan books might be new to America, but her books have been around since the early 2000s and I loved them all when I first read them while living in London, and I now get to relive them all nearly 20 years later with a better appreciation of their stories, but to my excitement, I realized that I missed a few of her books when I immigrated to America and now I have to chance to experience these new stories. 

Karen is a busy PR woman in London who has come to the realization that she is not going to find love, but that all changes when Karen gets sent to Scotland on a job, it was nothing like she expected it to be, and neither was her boss Harry! 

Where Have All The Boys Gone has shades of The Bookshop on the Corner (aka The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After) but without the character softness, it was not up to the normal Jenny Colgan standard, but there were parts that I did love. Karen and Harry's relationship was so up and down you almost got whiplash. 

Overall it wasn't my favorite book from Jenny Colgan ever, but parts were enjoyable, and honestly, any trip to Scotland in Jenny Colgan's world is an adventure. 

I give Where Have All The Boys Gone 3 stars. 

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake CafĂ©, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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