31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 8} My Heart’s in the Lowlands

My Heart's in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland by Liz Curtis Higgs. Day 8 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderMy Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny ScotlandMy Heart's in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland by Liz Curtis Higgs. Day 8 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Liz Curtis Higgs

This delightful armchair-travelogue is the next best thing to being able to visit Scotland in person.

Curtis Higgs has a very personal writing style, but I enjoyed the chatty feel and it helped me imagine that I was taking a trip to the Scottish Lowlands alongside an experienced guide.

The details were what made the book for me – specifics on the exact flight, the roads we’d drive, the meals we’d eat. The included map helped me follow along, but it’s the descriptions that bring this journey to life.

It’s not a true reference-book-for-visiting-Scotland. It’s much more of a fictionalized trip you’ve taken with your best friend. And after “traveling” with Curtis Higgs, I do feel like we’re friends.

I know I’ve liked a book if, when I finish it, I’m desperately searching for something similar. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find another book with the same feel as this one.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads

If you like her writing, Liz Curtis Higgs has written numerous fiction and nonfiction books. Some of the best known include her Lowlands of Scotland historical seriesLowlands of Scotland historical series, and her Bad Girls of the BibleBad Girls of the Bible book and all of the related nonfiction spin-offs.

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads, go to the series page.

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  1. Oh Sheila, you’re killing me with all these great recommendations! Ha!
    I dream about visiting Scotland. My grandmother was 100% Scottish and one of our clans still has a castle over there – by any chance, did the book mention Duart Castle?

  2. So….MUST read. We’ve talked (seriously) of going there someday. Thanks!

    • I’d love to get there eventually, but I don’t see it happening any time soon, so the book was the best I could do for now. I’d love to know what someone thinks of it who has either been there before, or goes after reading it. Is it at all accurate? Does she get the “feel” right?

  3. I’ve had this book for a while and have never gotten around to reading it! I’m going to have to bump it up on the priority list.

  4. What fun to know we’ve “traveled” to Scotland together, Sheila! Thanks for your very kind words. After so many trips across the pond, this book was pure JOY for me to write.

    For a virtual visit to bonny Scotland, pop on my new website, http://www.MyScottishHeart.com. Tons of photos. Last week’s blog was about Scottish music, with some tasty YouTube samples. And this week I’ll be blogging about food. Heaven knows we ate well in My Heart’s in the Lowlands. ;>)

    Blessings and thanks again!

    • Thank you so much for writing this book – it was pure joy for me to read! I loved your mentions about your extensive library (it reminded me of myself), and I loved that you didn’t ignore the importance of enjoying the food in a new place. When I travel trying the local specialties is certainly one of the highlights and something I don’t want to miss. 🙂

      Thanks for the link to the website – I hadn’t seen it, so I’ll be sure to visit. Especially this week if you’re blogging about food. 🙂


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