Pardon me while I wax poetic. I finished an advance copy of Liz Curtis Higgs’ Whence Came a Prince a couple of days ago. I have loved each book in this series, an 18th Century Scotland retelling of the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel from Genesis. The writing is wonderful, but it’s the characters who stole my heart. Here is what I had to say:
"I fell completely under the spell of Liz Curtis Higgs’s masterful storytelling in Whence Came a Prince, savoring every wonderful word and rich detail. Romantic, heartbreaking, joyful, and full of hope, Prince met all my expectations and more. I was eager to discover how the story of Leana, Rose, and Jamie would end, but I’m oh-so-sorry to bid these characters goodbye after turning the last page. Magical!" — Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Beyond the Shadows
Mark your calendars for the release of this book (March 15, 2005). And if you haven’t read the first two, Thorn in My Heart and Fair is the Rose, do so now.
One regret of mine is that I am such a slow reader. I didn’t used to be, but that was because I would spend a Saturday, lying on the sofa, reading a book. Or I would stay up into the wee hours of the night, even when I had to work the next day. Sadly, that doesn’t happen anymore. Partly age (I just fall asleep, no matter how good a book is) and partly because my daytime reading hours are used for research rather than pleasure reading. One result of that slow reading/limited reading time is that I have this huge To-Be-Read pile of wonderful books by wonderful authors. I think I need a year off, maybe in Hawaii. I could lie on the beach and do nothing but read and tan. Hmm. Does sound delightful.