Grace in Thine Eyes
Recently I’ve been on a kick of re-reading my old favorites. Grace in Thine Eyes is one of those favorites. Liz Curtis Higgs takes the story of Dinah from Genesis 34 and reimagines it in the Scottish Lowlands of the early 1800’s.
Unable to speak after a terrible accident as a young girl, Davina entertains Scottish Lowlanders far and near with her skill on the fiddle. A new adventure, far from her sheltered life, awaits her on the Isle of Arran. Despite misgivings from her brothers and mother, Davina is determined to enjoy her summer away from home. When a group of hunters come to the island in seek of sport and enjoyment, will it be her fiddle or Davina herself who enchants them?
I enjoyed reading this book and remembering why it is one of my favorites. Chock full of tales of grace given and received, Grace in Thine Eyes also tells the story of the toll that is taken on those who extend this grace. Davina, her father, Jamie, and many others wrestle with what it means to truly forgive. If you are a fan of novels set in Scotland (who can resist a good Scottish accent!), if you are a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs (I mean, who isn’t?), or if you are simply a fan of good writing (of course you are!), than this novel is for you.
Also, check out my review of “Thorn in my Heart,” the first novel in the Scottish Lowland series here.