From the first page’s turn, it is abundantly clear that My Heart’s in the Lowlands is a unique invitation into a beautiful and timeless world. An armchair travel guide, Higgs’ latest work coaxes the reader the join her on a much-beloved route which she unfolds with warmth and enthusiasm. Woven through the loom of the award-winning novelist’s storytelling skills, My Heart’s in the Lowlands details a ten-day journey through “bonny” southwestern Scotland. As you accompany her through ancient churches, enchanting castles, and warm, bustling inns of this lovely corner of the U.K., Higgs paints in vivid detail the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of her heart’s homeland. Sprinkled with illustrations, historic gems, quotes from Scotland’s famous poet Robert Burns, and other lively characters both real and imagined, My Heart’s in the Lowlands is an all-encompassing text.
The book also contains a detailed map and glossary unveiling bits of the Scottish dialect. Rather than a travel guide detailing tourist attractions with spartan efficiency, My Heart’s is a story that calls its reader to a land whose lush green fields and wild heights invite one to tarry a while. As Higgs’ book closes with her reluctant departure, you, too, will feel her sorrow. Whether actively planning a trip or simply wishing you could, this book will leave you as enchanted with that ancient realm of the world as though you had traveled there yourself. – Lauren M. Peltier, Christian Book Previews.com
“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.