In 19th-century northern Scotland, Mac McDonnell's traditional way of life is challenged when Lord Gordon lays claim to their island home and threatens to replace farmers and fishermen with sheep. Mac leads a protest, but when evictions turn violent, Mac must decide what he is willing to risk - to protect his family, his sweetheart, Deidre, and his livelihood. Set during the time of the Clearances, Standing Stones won an award for historical fiction and was dubbed "a very promising work" by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would've liked a family tree in the Kindle edition. I had trouble keeping track of how the characters were related or romantically linked. This is even harder in an audiobook when you can't easily flip back.
Would you be willing to try another book from Beth Camp? Why or why not?
Yes. She's magnificent at setting, at recreating the daily lives or her characters, whether they're fishing or in prison.
Would you be willing to try another one of Darryl Hughes Kurylo’s performances?
Maybe. He mispronounced Edinburgh, and the falsetto voice he used for many of the female characters bordered on comical. I do think he improved as the recording went on, as if he gained confidence.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Absolutely. It would be a lovely film, or terrible in the terrible parts!
Any additional comments?
I liked the way Beth gave us the perspective of Lord Gordon and especially his wife Alice, whom I liked, as well as the Scottish tenants.