Book Review: Highland Fling

highland fling

After having read Nancy’s biography and deciding to read all her works, after having read The Sun King I brought a book of her complete novels.

Highland Fling was Nancy’s first novel which opens it up to criticism as people have searched for the “first novel mistakes”. Then there are the people who read Nancy’s fictional works looking for the relatives she inserted into them. I personally read it for what it was and didn’t search for her sisters or parents.

The novel starts by introducing using to Albert Memorial Gates, Walter Monteath and his soon to be wife Sally. The dialogue between these characters alone is witty and charming. You get a real insight into the era of Bright Young Things.

Walter and Sally agree to help her aunt and uncle out by hosting the grouse season at a castle in Scotland. This sets the book up for the other characters to meet and mingle. Albert comes along and meets Jane Dacre and they fall in love.

The artwork created by Albert and the fake funeral implies the excitement of being a young person in the 20s and 30s era where it must have felt endless possibilities hence to a post war attitude of seizing life by the teeth.

It’s only fault is the ending. It does not feel like a tying up of loose ends leading to a conclusion of their stories. I wanted to read about Jane and Albert marrying and The Monteath’s number increasing to three. Even knowing how Lady Prague deals with widowhood. I was feeling I needed to pick up my pen and continue these people’s lives.

I give Highland Fling 4/5 as the ending ruined my enjoyment of these Bright Young Thing’s


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