In her novel, Grace in Thine Eyes, Liz Curtis Higgs uses idyllic setting and powerful characterization to captivate readers with 19th-century Scotland. She weaves the story of the McKie family, focusing on the silent but musically gifted 17-year-old Davina McKie. Mute and unable to express herself verbally, Davina is taken advantage of while visiting her cousins on the Isle of Arran. The plot thickens as her brothers seek revenge.
Based loosely on the mysterious life of biblical heroine Dinah in Genesis 34, Higgs’ careful research and love for detail bring this ancient story to life. Since the author shares how she visited the heather-carpeted Scottish isle where the passion-filled plot takes place, readers can hear the melody of Davina’s fiddle and taste her fresh Caledonian cream, “whisked with marmalade and brandy.”
On Midsummer Eve, Davina’s innocence is stolen by a handsome, devious Highlander. Despite her anguish, she must decide whether to forgive or join her brothers in anger and revenge. Her true character is revealed as she chooses to follow God and bestow the free gift of grace.
The author’s decision for Davina to be mute parallels the silence of biblical Dinah. Higgs makes her readers curious to explore the true biblical saga in greater depth. The book concludes with a letter to readers from the author, as well as a discussion guide and a glossary of Gaelic and Scottish terms used in the book.
Scottish poetry, intermingled with 19-century books, music, and scenery made me feel like I’d stepped back in time to this Scottish isle. I was captivated by phrases such as “Her mother smelled of lavender and rain, like the gardens of Glentrool. Like home.” Grace in Thine Eyes was my first Liz Curtis Higgs’ novel – the first of many to come. I highly recommend this delightful reading experience. – Heather Ivester, Christian Book Previews.com
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.