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The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The Ringed Castle, Book Five in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Checkmate, Book Six in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. I can’t believe I read the whole thing, but I’m glad I did. I began reading this six volume series back in December 2013 with Game of Kings, the first book in the […]

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Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Posted by Sherry on 6/2/2016 in 1912, Adult Fiction, Historical fiction, Romance, Scotland |

I will admit that it’s really difficult to write a realistic, compelling, and heart-warming story about an adulterous affair. Tolstoy (Anna Karenina), Flaubert (Madame Bovary), and other greats nailed the first two adjectives, realistic and compelling, but no book that I can recall has managed to make adultery “heart-warming”. Ms. Brockmole tries in Letters from […]

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How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

Posted by Sherry on 5/25/2016 in General, History, Nonfiction, Scotland |

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman. What a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction history! I learned so many things that I didn’t know before: The Treaty of Union between England and Scotland (1706-1707), according to […]

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The Marquis’ Secret by George MacDonald

Posted by Sherry on 5/23/2016 in Adult Fiction, Historical fiction, Scotland |

In 1875, George MacDonald, Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister, published the novel Malcolm, the rags-to-riches story of a common fisherman who finds his identity as a (Christian) gentleman. The sequel to Malcolm, The Marquis of Lossie, soon followed in 1877. This was the era of Charles Dickens and the other great Victorian novelists, and […]

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The Fisherman’s Lady by George MacDonald

Posted by Sherry on 5/12/2016 in Adult Fiction, Historical fiction, Romance, Scotland, Young Adult Fiction |

This book is half of George MacDonald’s novel, Malcolm, as edited by Michael R. Phillips, prolific author of Christian novels. The story is continued in another Phillips-edited novel, The Marquis’ Secret. The Scots dialect and the didactic passages are heavy going for modern readers, so Phillips tried to make the romance novels that MacDonald wrote […]

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The Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Campbell McLean

Posted by Sherry on 5/11/2016 in 1955, Children's Fiction, Historical fiction, Scotland, Spy Thrillers |

Spies. Lies. Danger. That’s the subtitle teaser on the cover of my copy of The Hill of the Red Fox, a Scottish book, first published in 1955, but now available (2015) in a new paperback edition from Floris Books, in the series Kelpies Classics. “The Kelpies are a highly-respected and much-loved range of children’s novels […]

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The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber

First in a series, “A Lady Darby Mystery”, The Anatomist’s Wife takes place in Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is a young woman, recently widowed and involved in a scandal related to her late doctor husband’s anatomical studies. As the story opens, Kiera has taken refuge with her sister’s family on their estate in Scotland, […]

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Scottish Chiefs and the Morning After

Posted by Sherry on 5/4/2016 in Adult Fiction, Current Events, General, Historical fiction, Scotland |

Last night, after grieving over the news and the state of our country, I took up my book and began to read. After all, it’s what I do. When times are bad or times are good, I read. I had already decided on a journey to Scotland for the month of May, and Scottish Chiefs […]

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May in Scotland

Posted by Sherry on 5/1/2016 in Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction, Historical fiction, Scotland |

I’ve decided, in honor of the musical theater production, based on George MacDonald’s romance novel Malcolm (aka The Fisherman’s Lady), that my girls are involved in this month, to make a quick, imaginary visit to Scotland during the merry month of May. I thought I’d link to some old posts about books set in Scotland […]

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Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf

Posted by Sherry on 4/14/2016 in 1938, General, Picture Book Preschool, Scotland |

Alastair Roderick Craigellachie Dalhousie Gowan Donnybristle MacMac, aka Wee Gillis, doesn’t know which he wants to be: a Lowlander like his mother’s relations, calling cows, or a Highlander like his father’s relatives, stalking stags. He tries both out, but in the end he turns out to be something else entirely. This picture book by Munro […]

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