The book series that got us interested in Scotland is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. We brought the series with us to Scotland, of course, and while Katie was re-reading the first book she came across this quote that fits our situation perfectly.
"...and as I sat in the silence of the chapel, I seemed to see you as a shipwrecked traveler. And it seems to me that is a good parallel to your present situation, is it not? Imagine such a soul, madame, suddenly cast away in a strange land, bereft of friends and familiarity, without resources save what the new land can provide. Such a happening is disaster, truly, and yet may be the opening for great opportunity and blessings. What if the new land shall be rich? New friends may be made, and a new life begun." Outlander, pg. 820
It's so perfect we don't even think it needs an explanation.