Davina Porter's nuanced narration highlights the polished prose of Kathleen Ernst, nominee for Agatha and Edgar Allen Poe awards.
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"Absorbing....This well-told story has an intriguing plot, and details about the Scottish settlers and life in the Colonies are carefully integrated into the narrative. The element of mystery keeps readers guessing and the family's betrayer is truly a surprise. Each character is three-dimensional, with complex reasons motivating his or her behavior." (School Library Journal)
This is a wonderful combination of mystery with lots of historical bits carefully added in to make you feel like you are a Scottish immigrant in North Carolina. If you like this period of time check out Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
G'day from Down Undah!
I have read every Outlander book, and because the story in this book runs parallel to part of the Outlander book, Echo in the bone, it was like listening to the Echo in the bone from another perspective.
This is a story of a young Scottish girl who lives with her grandparents during the time England is trying to recruit Highlander immigrants into the war against Patriots in North Carolina. The story describes how the girl???s grandfather tries so hard not to take side. Patriot or Loyalists and what happens once he finally makes his decision. This along with the mystery, intrigue and historical details and Davina Porter???s narration of the story makes an enjoyable listen.
While listening see if you can pick up the voices Davina uses for Claire, Jaime, Ian, and other beloved Outlander characters in this story.
I was anticipating a great read after absolutely loving the American Girls Mystery Riddle of the Prairie Bride, this book although good fell short of my expectations.
Perhaps it was the constant Loyalists vs. Patriots focus that doesn't grab my interest as much as some of the other eras that the American Girls History Series use.
The story also lacked any strong minor stories being interwoven into the story, or natural disasters or other exciting events like you see in a classic Nancy Drew Mystery.
That all said it is still a good book and the twist towards the end when you find out who is the informer is brings the sotry together well.
This is really good book. The writer got into the politics if the 45 and the revolutionary war to make one amazing book. It teaches you about history well you are also being entertained. This would be a great purchase. Love this book. It does patriots sound a little mean but it was a war back then, not many people could afford to be kind.
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