Child of Awe
Kathryn Lynn Davis
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"The lyricism of Davis’s exquisite prose sweeps the reader into the story, where she beautifully portrays a heroine who begins with the fragile heart of a child in a world she cannot comprehend, but grows to become a strong, compassionate woman. CHILD OF AWE is a story for every woman." —Jill Barnett, New York Times Bestselling Author
From the moment of her birth, Muriella Calder is heiress to a great fortune many Highland clans desire to make their own. Touched by The Sight, she struggles to understand herself, while fighting those who threaten her world: the violent clans who relish war; her cunning guardian, Archibald Campbell, the powerful Earl of Argyll—callously ambitious, and bound by loyalty to the Crown; John Campbell, the Earl’s second son—a strong, experienced warrior on the battlefield—who cannot begin to understand the mysterious woman he is forced to wed; and Elizabeth Campbell Maclean, a gentle woman whose heart is forfeit in a treaty with a man her father hates.
Completely captivating, Child of Awe carries the reader from the wild beauty of mist-shrouded glens to the horrors of war, from the hatred of ancient feuds to the wonder of new love: enchanting us, heart and soul, with the seamless skill of a genuine storyteller.
“A sweeping saga of 16th Century Scotland, and a tale that lingers long after you read the last page.” —Ciji Ware, author of Island of the Swans
“Fascinating. Wonderful characters, hauntingly evocative of time and place.” —Roberta Gellis, New York Times Bestselling author
“CHILD OF AWE is a novel that surpasses the bounds of romantic fantasy and [places] it in the realm of great historical fiction.” —Affaire de Coeur
An Amazing and Memorable Book
By the circumstances of her birth, Muriella Calder is heiress to a great estate and considerable fortune. By order of the king, the child is put under the protection of the Earl of Argyll, who leaves her with her mother until it becomes clear that her mother’s family can no longer protect her from the Calder family who want the child out of the way so they can reclaim the estate. Barely ahead of the Calder forces, the earl’s son rides away with the girl while the earl’s brother holds off the Calders and buys them time to escape at the cost of his life. The earl plans to marry the girl to his second son.
The book is more historical novel than romance, especially the first half, which focuses more on Muriella’s adaptation to her new home, new family, and the political maneuverings of the fifteenth century Scottish setting. Later in the story, the relationship between Muriella and John develops in subtle, richly rewarding fashion. A finely drawn variety of secondary characters add further depth to a well-told story.
Based on actual people from Scotland’s history, the author does a wonderful job of bringing the period and the people, to life.
Child of Awe
Ms. Davis delivers a beautifully written novel that draws you in from the first few pages, and keeps you enthralled with every turn of a page. If you want something deeper than the typical historical romance story, this book is for you. It makes you explore your own life struggles right along with her characters. So well written.