Grace in Thine Eyes (Lowlands of Scotland Series #4)

by Liz Curtis Higgs

Paperback, 2006

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

WaterBrook (2006), 464 pages

Description

Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML: Glen of Loch Trool. Spring 1808. Davina McKie is a bonny lass of seventeen, as clever as they come and a gifted musician. Unable to speak since childhood, she is doted on by her belligerent younger brothers, Will and Sandy, who vow to protect their silent sister. When the lads are forced to depart the glen, Jamie McKie intends to brighten his daughter�s summer by escorting Davina to the Isle of Arran. Her cousins make her welcome at the manse, and the parish delights in hearing their talented fiddler. But when she catches the eye of a handsome young Highlander on Midsummer Eve, sheltered Davina is unprepared for the shocking events that follow. A timeless story of passion and revenge, of lost innocence and shattered dreams, Grace in Thine Eyes explores the sorrow of unspeakable shame and the gift of immeasurable grace. A Reader�s Guide and Scottish Glossary Are Included.… (more)

Awards

Christy Awards (Nominee — Historical — 2007)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

464 p.; 8.22 inches

ISBN

1578562597 / 9781578562596

User reviews

LibraryThing member debs4jc
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts
Davina, the daughter of Jamie and Leah McKie of 19th century Scotland. She is saddened when her father decides to send her younger brothers, twins Sandy and Will off to school in Edinburough. Sensing that his daughter
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will be unhappy being pretty much by herself for the summer, Jamie decides to send her to visit some relatives on the Isle of Arrann. Both Davina's mother and her overprotective brothers are unsure about this plan, but Davina is delighted when she first sees the beautiful island. She soon earns a warm reception among the islanders, especially because she has brought her fiddle and is an accomplished player. She even gains the attention of the gentry of the island, including Somerland MacDonald who is also a gifted musician. After playing a duet with her, Somerland invites Davina for a moonlight walk--with disasterous consquences. Davina is heartbroken about being taken advantage of, but when Somerland learns the truth, that she didn't welcome his advances and was an inexperienced maid, he is guilt ridden and pledges to do the honorable thing by marrying her--and winning her heart. But when the truth gets out to Davina's family her father and especially her vengeful brothers have other ideas.

Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
The story shifts from one character to another. Davina's point of view is especially interesting as her muteness prevents her from talking to the other characters, though she communicates a lot with gestures and by writing on her sketchpad. Her character is the most intriguing, though Somerland's is also interesting as he makes the shift from lustful rogue to love-sick gentleman. In my opinion he never seemed completely trustworthy, though Davina was ready to forgive him completely. Forgiveness is the major theme of this story, not only between Davina and Somerland, but also between Jamie and his sons.
How Good is it?
The historical detail transports the reader to another time and place, where they experience an powerful and heart story story of misplaced trust and forgiveness. I heartily suggest it to fans of historicals, historical romance, and family sagas.
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LibraryThing member lbigcrum
Fabulous! Reads like poetry - beautiful descriptions, beautiful story. Higgs takes a snippet of scripture and brings it to life like I've never seen before. The truth I know became a reality I can comprehend through fiction.
LibraryThing member hobbitprincess
I've read other books by Liz Curtis Higgs, so I don't know why I wasn't surprised when this book turned out to be different than I expected. I have to confess I was thinking, "Yawn. A predictable romance" when I turned the page and the book completely changed. Wow! I had not read about the book
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before I read it, other than the back cover, but I quickly figured out this is a retelling of a story from the Old Testament. (I won't tell you which one - it will take away some of the mystery!) Suffice it to say that this is a great read, very well researched, with characters I enjoyed meeting. It takes place in 1807. If you like historical fiction, this is a good one. The message is one worth remembering too!
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LibraryThing member judyg54
The back cover says it well; "A timeless story of passion and revenge, of lost innocence and shattered dreams, 'Grace in Thine Eyes' explores the sorrow of unspeakable shame and the gift of immeasurable grace". This story takes you to the Glen of Loch Trool in the Spring of 1808 in Scotland. There
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you will find Jamie and Leana McKie's daughter, Davina as a bonny lass of 17. She is known and loved by all and is a gifted musician, who lets her music speak for her since she has been mute since a little girl.

When Davina's brothers are sent away to further their education her folks decide to send her to the Isle of Arran to brighten her summer without her brothers. There she will delight the parish with her fiddle and catch the eye of a young Highlander. But what takes place after a performance on Midsummer Eve will change the life of Davina and her family forever. The events that follow are sad, but yet to see the forgiveness and love this young lady has was wonderful. The author does an excellent job of bringing history alive and weaving a tale that won't quickly be forgotten.
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LibraryThing member carolynsuarez
inspiring read. well written. sad to see this series end.

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