Tag: Scotland

Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

You’ll have heard of this book because of the awards it won in 2020, including the Booker Prize.  This story of a young boy growing up with an alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow is worth the read.  It’s dark, but once I finished it,… Continue Reading “Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart”

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

This was a really interesting novel about a real-life serial killer in Scotland in the 1950’s.  I say interesting because it wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read.  It’s not a mystery or a thriller, or a true crime novel.  It’s a little closer… Continue Reading “The Long Drop by Denise Mina”

Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud

When I’m reading a novel about a historical figure, I want the book to be factual enough that I get a good sense of who the person was. I also want it to have an interesting story. And finally, if I admire the person,… Continue Reading “Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud”

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

If you’re interested in detailed historical fiction about Scotland, this is a great book. The Spider and the Stone tells the story of the years between 1296 and 1330, known as the Scottish Wars for Independence. You’ve heard of William Wallace if you’ve seen… Continue Reading “The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney”

Getting all gushy about Diana Gabaldon and the latest Outlander book…

This is not a review exactly, since I don’t like to write reviews mid-series. Instead I’m just going to gush. Diana Gabaldon’s books are amazing. They are so long and involved, you feel like you know these characters intimately.  She writes with a level… Continue Reading “Getting all gushy about Diana Gabaldon and the latest Outlander book…”

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

This turned out to be a difficult book to review, because it was so amazing.  I think it won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of my favorite books of the year, easy. Thanks first to Giraffe Days and publisher Hogarth, New York for… Continue Reading “The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan”

Review of Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

I liked Gillespie and I, I just didn’t love it as much as I expected to.  It takes place in turn of the century Scotland and revolves around an artist, Ned Gillespie, and his family.  The story is told by Harriet Baxter, a single,… Continue Reading “Review of Gillespie and I by Jane Harris”

And now for a steamy romance novel… Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Every once in a while, I get a craving for a romance novel (this is me trying not to be defensive about what I read).  If I’m going to read a romance novel, what better than a good Scottish Highlander romance?  That seems to… Continue Reading “And now for a steamy romance novel… Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks”

Review of The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea popped up on Amazon as a recommendation because I like Diana Gabaldon’s books.  And since I’m always looking for something half as good as Outlander, it was worth a try.  It’s a historical novel, written from the perspective of a modern… Continue Reading “Review of The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley”

A Review of Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

I received this as a review request from the author, Genevieve Graham.  I was going to pass on it, in part because of the cheesy cover, but Graham’s email insisted this is not a romance novel.  She also compared it to one of my… Continue Reading “A Review of Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham”

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, Soulless, primarily because of its unique voice and story. The world of fantasy these days seems to take itself much too seriously and this series was refreshing in its different view of the supernatural ,… Continue Reading “Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger”

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