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My Heart's in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland    by Liz Curtis Higgs order for
My Heart's in the Lowlands
by Liz Curtis Higgs
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WaterBrook Press, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Liz Curtis Higgs is well known for her historical novels set in Southwest Scotland. Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Grace in Thine Eyes, and Whence Came a Prince are all set in the area known as Galloway. Her richly described scenery and locales can only be written by someone who has visited and loved the place in which the stories are set. In fact Higgs has visited Scotland numerous times and considers it her home away from home. In My Heart's in the Lowlands, she takes us on a ten day tour of her favorite places in the Lowlands of Scotland. She's our travel guide - from preparing for the trip and the plane ride to an incredible tour of the land.

The book is written so that the reader feels a part of every conversation, every meal, and every sight. The things that endear Scotland to the author are lovingly portrayed, so that it almost feels as if the reader is traveling with her - black and white pictures are included. It's engrossing, and will be even more so if you have actually visited Scotland or are planning a trip there. It started lagging about half way through for me, because there's only so much history I can handle before it begins to get tedious. But I particularly enjoyed all the different descriptions of food, as well as things that were a little out of the ordinary - such as a visit to a country church service, or enjoying the local animals.

Overall, My Heart's in the Lowlands is a fun travelogue that places the reader in the center of the action throughout. Instead of feeling lectured to, you feel a sense of camaraderie with the author and may well end the book longing for a trip to bonny Scotland.

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