Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Best Books to Read That Are Set In Scotland


Best Books to Read That Are Set In Scotland


There's just something about the rugged landscapes, the rich history, and the timeless charm of Scotland that has always captured my imagination. So, I decided to compile a list of the best highland romance novels that will whisk you away to this mesmerizing country without ever leaving the cozy embrace of your reading nook.

I believe that books have this incredible power to transport us to different worlds, allowing us to experience the magic and beauty of far-off places without ever leaving our own. Whether you're a die-hard romantic, a history buff, or just someone looking for a captivating story set against the backdrop of misty highlands, this list has got you covered.

From sweeping historical sagas to heartwarming contemporary tales, there's something here for every reader. 




Best Books to Read That Are Set In Scotland

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The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

From Goodreads: The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first. 



Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

From Goodreads: The devil's daughter rows to Edinburgh in a coffin, to work as maid for the Minister of Culture, a man who lives a dual life. But the real reason she's there is to bear him and his barren wife a child, the consequences of which curse the tenement building that is their home for a hundred years.




The Bookseller of Inverness Shona MacLean

From Goodreads: Six years later, with the clan chiefs routed and the Highlands subsumed into the British state, Iain lives a quiet life, working as a bookseller in Inverness. One day, after helping several of his regular customers, he notices a stranger lurking in the upper gallery of his shop, poring over his collection. But the man refuses to say what he's searching for and only leaves when Iain closes for the night.


The Last Witch of Scotland by Philip Paris

The Last Witch of Scotland by Philip Paris

From Goodreads: Scottish Highlands, 1727. In the aftermath of a tragic fire that kills her father, Aila and her mother, Janet , move to the remote parish of Loth, north-west of Inverness. Blending in does not come easily to the Aila was badly burned in the fire and left with visible injuries, while her mother struggles to maintain her grip on reality.

In Ascension by Martin MacInnes

In Ascension by Martin MacInnes

From Goodreads: Exploring the natural world with the wonder and reverence we usually reserve for the stars, In Ascension is a compassionate, deeply inquisitive epic that reaches outward to confront the greatest questions of existence, looks inward to illuminate the smallest details of the human heart, and shows how - no matter how far away we might be and how much we have lost hope - we will always attempt to return to the people and places we call home.



Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy 

Sea of Memories by Fiona Vaply

From Goodreads: In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’slife changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free.



The Turn of The Key by Ruth Mare

From Goodreads: When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.


The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

From Goodreads: The Invincible Ninth Roman Legion Marches from York to Fight The Northern Tribes. and then Vanishes from the Pages of History.Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.


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Doon by Carey Crop & Lorie Langdon

From Goodreads: Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.



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The Skylark's Secret by Fiona Valpy

From Goodreads: Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper’s daughter Flora’s remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy’s Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird’s son falls in love with Flora.


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The Black House by Peter May

From Goodreads: A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. A MURDER. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. A SECRET. Something lurks within the close-knit island community.


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Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

From Goodreads: Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is...In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stack to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

From Goodreads: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.


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