Books That Will Make You Want to Buy a Plane Ticket Right Now: At Water’s Edge

May 21, 2015


This post is from my new series of book reviews about travelly books, which will probably make you want to buy a plane ticket if you read them.

Or, at least, these books are really making me want to buy a plane ticket.

But that’s nothing new. I pretty much ALWAYS want to buy a plane ticket.

The book:

At Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, the author behind Water for Elephants.

Where you will want to fly to as soon as you can get your credit card out of your freaking wallet:

Scotland. Particularly, the Scottish Highlands.

This book will also make you really want to eat neeps and tatties. Even if you’re not entirely sure what that is.

What it’s about:

The book follows three spoiled rich brats from Philadelphia as they take off for Scotland during the height of World War II to go on a Loch Ness monster hunting mission. Because, of course, right?

Maddie, her husband, Ellis, and their playboy friend, Hank, find themselves in a ramshackle inn in a tiny Scottish town, where they are astounded by the rough and tumble ways of the local staff. You know, stuff like not ironing newspapers for their guests. (The horror!)

While Ellis and his guy-pal are off hunting monsters (and getting sloshed as they do so), Maddie has no other choice but to strike it up with the locals. She also starts to realize that her marriage might not be what it seems. And she starts to realize that Scottish guys (one in particular) are super hot.

Why I liked it:

First of all, there just aren’t really enough novels out there that feature the Loch Ness monster, amirite?

Secondly, did I mention there’s a super hot, strapping, Scottish man running around in the book?  (Probably in a kilt. Or at least he was in my imagination.)

And the story line was super-engrossing even though the three main characters were pretty much the worst, especially in the beginning.

I read this book in exactly one day. ONE FREAKING DAY! I even passed up a new episode of Scandal, so I could go back to bed and finish this book. So that’s really saying something right there.

Also, I told you about the hot Scot, right? The one in the kilt? The one who could even make the words “neeps and tatties” sound super sexy even though you’re still not entirely sure what that means? The one who you wouldn’t mind having toss your caber, ifyouknowwhatImean?

On a totally unrelated note, have you ever, you know, just gotten married to a book character in your head?


Yeah, me neither.


Do you have a favorite book set in Scotland? Tell me all about it! Especially if it features some hot, kilt-wearing Scottish dude.


I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On May 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm Ceri said:

    Ha! I love the Highlands and the Loch Ness really is beautiful (though I wouldn’t want to swimming in it … you never know if that monster’s real or not). I actually really want to read this book now too because I love that part of Scotland. <3 A hot Scottie wouldn't be so bad either. 😉
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    • On May 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm Sally said:

      I loved the Highlands too. I went on a bus tour there when I lived in Edinburgh. It may be the only bus tour I actually have fond memories of.

  2. On May 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm zoe said:

    I was going to say, “oh, neeps and tatties is just swedes and potatoes” but I just googled it to double-check and apparently there’s a big controversy about whether neeps should be swedes or turnips or a mixture of the two. THE MORE YOU KNOW
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  3. On May 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm Priya said:

    OMG. Scotland is on my list! Well, a lot of places are on my list. But Scotland is def on my list.
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  4. On May 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm Rachael said:

    Oh my, PLEASE read Outlander. You might need to fan yourself. JAMIE FRASER IS THE HOTTEST.

    • On May 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm Sally said:

      Ha ha! I’ve read the first book after much urging by my sister. And, yes, there were a whole lot of fanning going on while I was reading that!

  5. On May 31, 2015 at 7:47 pm Emme Luck said:

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve heard great things about Scottland, and while it isn’t always a top tourist destination, there is much to learn and appreciate there; and books can really make you feel immersed in the setting until they’re suddenly over! – Emme @ Green Global Travel
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  6. On July 12, 2015 at 10:55 pm Petra said:

    For me it was TravelAllRussia website where I found lots of information on Russian tourism. Hope to visit it next summer!


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