Item description for Thorn in My Heart (Lowlands of Scotland Series #1) by Liz Curtis Higgs...
In the autumn of 1788, amid the moors and glens of the Scottish Lowlands, two brothers fight to claim one fathers blessing, two sisters long to claim one mans heart.
Leana slipped beneath the woolen covers, leaving one taper burning high on the dresser where it would not disturb her slumber. Clouds had moved in and blotted out the moon, for the window was dark, and her whole room, except for the tiny flame, remained pitch black. "As dark as a Yule midnight," Neda would say.
Darkness was nothing to fear. Far greater fears gnawed on Leanas soul. A life without love, without a husband, without children. For her it was no life at all. But what if that was the life the Almighty had chosen for her? If it pleased him, could she bear it?
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Studio: Brilliance Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Mar 31, 2003
Publisher Brilliance Audio
ISBN 159086784X ISBN13 9781590867846
Availability 0 units.
More About Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker who has addressed audiences from more than 1500 platforms all over the world since 1986, encouraging women to grow in faith and joy. She is the author of twenty books - including the bestsellers Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, and Mad Mary.
Liz is the author of more than 30 books, with 4.5 million copies in print. Her latest release, The Women of Christmas, is a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.
In her best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz breathed new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Scripturally sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew.
With The Girl’s Still Got It, Liz offered a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey with one of the Good Girls of the Bible.
Liz also spent a decade as an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Her articles have appeared in Faith&Friends in Canada, WomanAlive in Great Britain, and Enhance in Australia.
Liz Curtis Higgs currently resides in the state of Kentucky.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Thorn in My Heart (Lowlands of Scotland Series #1)?
Fantastic Jul 14, 2008
This is a wonderful book that is a bit slow to start but once it does...
WONDERFUL!! Jun 27, 2008
This is a great book! I started reading and I couldn't put it down. Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful author. I really felt like I knew the characters by the time I finished.
Wonderful on its own! Jun 20, 2008
This book is marvellous for its own sake. I believe that Liz Curtis Higgs should have stopped here and not written the other books, though I loved Whence Came a Prince and Grace in Thine Eyes. The story of Jacob and Laban's daughters is from a polygamous culture and difficult to apply to a later time when polygamy is not practiced, not legally anyway. I have read all of this series for the most part and think that Leana suffered undeservedly in Fair is the Rose, my least favorite book of the series, but the Christian path is filled with suffering.
This book made me ask questions about the characters' biblical couterparts, mostly Rachel and Leah. Rose's initial reluctance in "Thorn" toward marriage, her assertion that she is too young, caused me to wonder what Rachel's initial feelings for her cousin were. Yes, I know Jacob kissed her at the well, and the Bible clearly states "Jacob loved Rachel," but it is never clearly states that Rachel loved Jacob; people assume that. Leah's exact feelings are never revealed either though in her book "Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible," Higgs mentions that Laban "TOOK his elder daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob," indicating that there was some reluctance on her part. Later in Genesis she is desperate to win his love, but is she simply trying to make the best of things? This vagueness in Scripture makes one thing clear; women's feelings were not considered so important in Biblical times! Thank goodness that Higgs is kinder to her women. I just can't help wishing she had ended it here.
Wonderful! Jan 8, 2008
I loved this series. In fact, I've bought multiple copies of it to give to friends. I agree with most of the other reviews here about the basic plot and feeling of the story, so I won't go into that, but I do want to give a couple "warnings" about the series.
Warning #1--This first book starts out kinda slow. It's setting the stage and giving a background of the culture and I found it very hard to get past the first half or so of the book. Once I really got into it, though, I loved it and flew through the other books! (I also realized while I was reading the last book that in the back of the books there's a dictionary of sorts to help with the words they use if you can't understand their meaning).
Warning #2--This is not a "fluffy" romance. It's intense and I wouldn't recommend it for a reader who is not mature (I'd say college age and up). I read it about a year after I got married (in my early 20s) and thought it was perfect.
Lackluster in my heart Jan 4, 2008
In my opinion this book was merely okay. I tried reading it and, after three chapters, put it aside. I lent it to a friend and she LOVED it. So when she returned it I picked it back up and started again. The entire book I had the urge just to put it down and leave it. I am an avid reader. This sensation RARELY occurs. But I trudged through despite my minds desire to wander elsewhere.
I have never really like the Biblical telling of Jacob and Esau and Leah and Rachel. So, really, I never should have purchased this book. This is not a feel good novel. There is certainly NO winner, only a trio of heartbroken souls.
Higgs writes a nice novel. She is a brilliant storyteller and her descriptions were stunning. The sisters were written beautifully. Jamie (Jacob) was, in my opinion, not very likeable. Superficial and selfish, I didn't really care about his heartbreak.
I will read the next book, though. Mostly because I want to get the the third, "Whence came a Prince." Why? Because I really like the title. Furthermore, Jacob is a great man of God and I'd like to see what Higgs has in store for Jamie. She does do a great job of rewriting this story in such a different time and culture. I'm interested in how this plays out, depressed as I'll be all the while!