My Heart's in the Lowlands

My Heart's in the Lowlands

Ten Days in Bonny Scotland

Book - 2007
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"Let's go, shall we? Just the two of us?"

"I consider Galloway the country's best kept secret: a place where time holds its breath, where ancient ruins dot the countryside in moss-covered splendor, where the natives are friendly and tourists are few, only because they don't know what they're missing.
"So, ten days in bonny Scotland. You'll join me, aye?"
--from My Heart's in the Lowlands

Best-selling novelist Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to take an entertaining journey through the South West of Scotland, known as Dumfries and Galloway. Without crossing the pond, changing time zones, or driving on the left side of the road, you'll explore quaint villages and crumbling castles, old bookshops and charming tearooms in the delightful company of a guide whose love for this quiet nook of Scotland illuminates every page.

The verdant hills and glens of the Lowlands are awash in history, rich with culture, and peopled with engaging characters. The setting for Higgs's acclaimed series of historical novels, Dumfries and Galloway also serves as her home away from home. Her decade-long love affair with this unique area of the world, combined with her award-winning storytelling skills, makes her the ideal armchair travel companion.

Warm, personal, and deeply evocative, My Heart's in the Lowlands transports you to an unforgettable corner of Scotland that will lay claim to your heart forever.

Liz Curtis Higgs is the best-selling author of 25 books, including her Scottish historical novels Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes . She is currently writing her fifth historical novel, Here Burns My Candle.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781400072972
Characteristics: viii, 259 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.


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Mar 21, 2011

I read this recently and wanted to immediately jump on a plane to Scotland. Higgs mentions all of her favorite towns, historical sites, restaurants and experiences with a knowledgeable familiarity born of many research trips to Scotland to produce her
works of fiction. However, she is not a traveler who lords their knowledge over the reader's head or is snide about the reader's presumed unfamiliarity with the region and its history. She quite readily makes fun of her own missteps and misfortunes. The book is written in a style which may annoy some people, however, as she talks to the reader as if they are traveling with her the whole time. In my opinion, the writer includes way too many excerpts from her own works of fiction, but perhaps I would feel differently if those excerpts appealed to me at all, which they did not, as they seemed to be some kind of syrupy, epic-historical-romance, soap-opera drivel. Nevertheless, her description of a trip around southwest Scotland is cozy, charming, enticing and perfect to curl up with on a rainy day with a cup of hot tea.

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