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Scotland with a Stranger: A Memoir

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Who goes to Scotland for two weeks with someone they met over the internet? I did and it changed my life.

At forty-three, Ninya was depressed, out of shape, and filled with crippling anxiety after addiction, cancer, and divorce had destroyed nearly everything.

One day, she received a message from a stranger. This woman offered to lead her on a self-healing trip hiking through the Scottish highlands.

It seemed like a sign—a big sister sent when she needed one most.

In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes terrifying, but always inspiring memoir, an introverted pollyanna is paired up with her polar opposite—a steamrolling, abrasive female with completely unorthodox healing methods. As they barrel through the winding one lane roads in a tiny rental car stopping to hike at breathtaking mountains and glens, an outrageous series of events forces Ninya to reclaim her power and find the strength to heal herself in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars Your Book Club Needs This Book Now!

    This candid account of one woman's quest to find her mojo again is funny, touching, and sometimes a little alarming, but, above all, inspirational. A single mom with two teens, Ninya takes a leap of faith to meet up with an internet acquaintance, a self-proclaimed life coach, who says she has planned a tour of Scotland that will restore Ninya's soul. Once there, however, Ninya finds that, as the Buddha warned, no matter where you go, there you are. Alongside the vivid beauty of the Scottish wilds, Ninya rediscovers her strength and resiliency. The "life coach" turns out to, instead, be self-absorbed and the trip "plan" turns out to be more of a vague notion, but, in the confusion, Ninya finds the clarity she was missing: you have everything you need inside you, already.

  • 5.0 out of 5 Stars: Not your regular memoir

    You would think heading off to Scotland for 2 weeks with someone you have never met would fall under a serious mid-life crisis category. But for Ninya, it led to an amazing journey of self-discovery and forgiveness. Ninya has lived a roller-coaster of a life - dealing with more things than I can imagine. She lays it all out for us - the good, the bad, the ugly, the wicked. She is a real person, telling a real story. Completely unromanticized. Her writing style will have you feeling like you are right there with her, feeling all the feels. Bonus - not only does she describe the beautiful scenery but she has an online photo album available for you to see the pictures and videos she took. Ninya is an inspiration to women everywhere and a phenomenal author. I can't wait to read more from her.

  • Hair Raising Adventure that Comes Full Circle

    Scotland with a Stranger: A Memoir is a raw glimpse at the author's life as she continuously absorbs blow after blow. While her impressions of Scotland are vividly described in detail throughout the book, the heart of the story is what she endured on this trip, and how she used it to take control of her life. I gave this book five stars because 1) I couldn't put it down (I finished it in a day and a half) and 2) Ninya's courage and candidness will undoubtedly help other women find their voice; I applaud her willingness to share her story. It's not all heavy and heart-wrenching; I definitely laughed out loud and highlighted a few lines I wanted to remember. I can't wait to take my own trip to Scotland, and when I do, this book will also serve as a great reference. {wink}