What a whirlwind of a trip! Reading friends who traveled with author Pepper Basham & I in May to Scotland were the most wonderful, fun, edifying group! We ate & fellowshipped & laughed our way through the Lowlands, Highlands, & Islands, beginning & ending in Edinburgh, my favorite city. Some of us even got sick together which required an extended stay though no one was complaining. Thankfully we recovered quickly & are all now home!
These are just a few faces of fellow travelers. We share a love of Scotland & Scottish ancestry & were amazed by all that we experienced while there. One of the highlights was the home of our 6th great-grandfather, George Hume, of Wedderburn Castle. Three of us on tour are his great-granddaughters, so to speak, & the estate he forfeited when he was exiled to Virginia in the 18th-century is incredibly beautiful today.
I found the Hume’s Lowland home especially poignant & moving given all they lost as a family during that very turbulent time as Jacobites. Their history is what inspired both A Bound Heart & my upcoming Scottish novel, The Rose & the Thistle.
Here’s a photo of me standing in the castle courtyard. A Hume descendant still lives there today. The grounds are so peaceful and private. How I wish I was still Lady Laura of Wedderburn Castle!
I’m overflowing with inspiration & especially excited to release this second Scottish novel next January. Soon I’ll share the cover via newsletter first then here in my journal. The design is stunning & captures the novel so very well.
Haste ye back!