written by Beth Camp
published by Beth Camp
Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the author to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: Parts of it.
While it’s true, I did receive a copy of this book for reviewing purposes; I was very excited to read this book for personal reasons. My heritage is Scottish and this book explores my ancestral history. You really don’t find a lot of information on this particular topic. And the rest of my family is really into it. I’ve been the only one who’s been indifferent to the whole “mother country thing.”
And now I remember why. With my most sincere apologies to my mother’s side of the family, I find the Scottish heritage hopelessly boring. Before you start sending me ugly messages, hear me out.
The Italians conquer half the globe, paint the Sistine Chapel, and still have time to produce some of the most delectable recipes on the planet. The Spanish conquer the other half of the globe while dancing to the salsa and bringing new meaning to the word “passionate.” The French create memorable works of art, croissants, and boast a fiery romantic streak. The Scots are best known for . . . . (insert extremely long pause and cricket chirping here)
Tennis!!! That’s right the Scots boast of tennis. I love tennis but it’s not like priceless art, croissants, and discovering new continents.
That said; she does a phenomenal job of telling a boring story. It’s well-researched, well-edited, and well-written.
Would I recommend it: Actually I’m going to buy a print copy and send it to my Mom. Her birthday’s coming up and I think she’ll love this book. Just because I find the content tiresome doesn’t mean others will. The author really does do a good job with the writing, content, characters, etc.
Will I read it again: No.
About the book – from Goodreads: In 19th Century northern Scotland, Mac McDonnell’s traditional way of life is challenged when Lord Gordon lays claim to their island home and threatens to replace farmers and fishermen with sheep.
Mac leads a protest, but when evictions turn violent, Mac must decide what he is willing to risk — to protect his family, his sweetheart, Deidre, and his livelihood.
Set in 19th Century northern Scotland during the time of the Clearances, Standing Stones won an award for historical fiction and was dubbed “a very promising work” by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.