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Whence Came a Prince (Lowlands of Scotland #3)

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The Scottish Lowlands, Summer 1790

Jamie McKie is determined to return to his ancestral home in Glen Trool and claim his inheritance—a harrowing journey that will test the depth of his courage and the strength of his sword. Haunted by a shameful past and wrestling with an uncertain future, Jamie must outwit his devious Uncle Lachlan and confront the two men he most fears: E
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2005)
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Carolyn  C.
Nov 07, 2010 Carolyn C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have completed reading all three books in this series of historical novels which take place in the Scottish Lowlands late 1700's.

Book 1 - "Thorn in My Heart" (I should have gotten a clue when I read the title!!) I found myself thrown into an emotional upheaval...what was this author doing to my mind and emotions?? Twist, twist, twist...rip, rip, rip...angst, angst, angst!! I hate feeling manipulated!! I gave the book 3 stars...but then, of course I HAD to find out what would happen next...on
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Royce
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Rebecca Ellen
Shame on Christian authors who re-write the Bible...

So what's next from this author? Joseph goes to Egypt, has a passionate affair with Potipher's wife, and starves his family to death for sinning against him?

Oh wait, we can't have a Joseph, because Joseph's character is miscarried in her series. In the Bible, God blesses and speaks to Rachel's (Rose's) children, not Leah's. It seems to me that in God's eyes, Rachel was Jacob's intended. Yet in this novel, Leah is God's intended and Jacob's true
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Trisha
LOVED this book. It pretty much concludes the story of the 3 main characters, even though there is a 4th book in the series(that one focuses on the next generation). I was so reluctant to read these after the first few chapters of Thorn in My Heart. I know the Bible story of Jacob/Leah/Rachel-it's not a happy story, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read a fictional retelling, let alone one contained in 4 volumes! It wasn't until I hit the halfway point of the first book(Thorn in My Heart), that I kn ...more
Cynthia
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Anne
After reading #2 in this series, I jumped over books which I shoud have read first, because I just could not wait to see the final story of Leana, Jamie and Rose. This too will tug at your heartstrings, and cause you to wonder-"could I be so brave?" I do not think I could, and it has to have a tragedy happen in order to have a happy ending. These three books are all highly recommended. A must read for lovers of Scottish Historical fiction.
Lela
I started reading this book, and after the first 3 chapters (when I realized what it was about) I put it down. Its about an interesting subject, and I highly reccomend you don't read this book. Its very strange.
SavageGrace
I could not help but shake my head and fists in frustration over these books. The fact that ANYONE would overlook how manipulative and simply heartless Rose was, was just so unbelievable! Rose was, simply put, a wholly unlikable character. I did not find her "love" to be true at all; she was obsessed with Leana (whom I keep calling as Leah...) and Jamie and set-out to make Leana as unhappy as possible and win Jamie, despite knowing he and Leana belonged together. Why, when she saw Jamie happy, s ...more
Kristen
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Sheero
I loved this book! The portrayal of the characters gave me a new perspective on the Bible characters Jacob, Rachel and Leah...and I've always thought of Leah as the bad girl who interfered with Jacob and Rachel's romance, but, after reading this book, I understood the complexity of the situation much better.
I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
Susan Kauffman
I did not even get very far in this book...it was awful..and way too long. One of the reasons that I wanted to read this series was to find out how she would modernize this story from the bible...and it was not done very well! I am a huge Liz Curtis Higgs fan so this book/series is a huge disappointment!!
Kim
Jun 30, 2010 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
Amazingly, Liz Curtis Higgs brings the story of Rose, Leana and Jamie to a place you where can accept the character's decisions and be content with the outcome , even though it was an emotional ride along the way. This was a wonderful story told over the span of three books - all great reads!
Alicia Ruggieri
So good! This series by Liz Curtis Higgs is so beautifully written, so effortlessly detailed. The characters are believable, deeply imprinted by the biblical characters upon which they are based, full of struggles, flaws, and triumphs. I especially love how Higgs doesn't shy away from portraying the hideous nature of sin - how it can appear lovely and desirable but then betrays its victim - and yet she also shows God's redeeming grace. I appreciated the way this is not a "happily-ever-after" sto ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
70% fabulous
10% skim-time stuffing
20% somebody take me to scotland NOW


pg with adult themes and events
Erin
"Whence Came a Prince" is the best book in the trilogy. I felt that each character- Leana, Rose, and Jamie got over the hurdles that kept marring the two previous books. There wasn't as much bickering between the sisters and it seemed that the book centered more on reconciliation.

The book begins two months after Leana has fled to her Aunt Meg's cottage and memories of Jamie and her infant son plague her every thought. Meanwhile, Rose and Jamie are excited about the upcoming birth of their first
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Ruth
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Deborah
In the Scottish Lowlands, it is the summer of 1790, and Jamie McKie is the prodigal returning home in the hopes they have forgiven him from his shameful past. His father Alec, whom he deceived, and his brother Evan, who's inheritance he stole. Wrestling his fears of a confrontation, and trying to stay a step ahead of his devious uncle Lachlan, Jamie is pressed on all sides to make the hardest decisions of his life.

Two women lay claim to him and his affections; Leana, the mother of his firstborn
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Kathryn
Third in a Romantic Historical trilogy. This story is loosely based on the Biblical story of Jacob. Quotes from the book and the summary from the cover: “Leana sank into a curtsy, thinking to put their relationship on the proper footing. “ I will make myself useful in the kitchen, dear cousin.” Jamie placed his hand under her chin, slowly lifting her face until they were poised a handbreadth apart. ‘Cousin?’ he said, his voice rough with emotion. ‘Nae, lass. It can never be that way with us.’ By ...more
Elizabeth Gaskins
I loved this book as much as I loved the other two. I honestly recommend it to everyone!! It is a wonderful end to a long, emotional journey and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

However for those who worry about the change from the original Biblical story, I will repeat what I said in my review of Fairer is the Rose:
"While I understand people's frustration (I hate incorrect division of the Word of God as much as the next person) but I think what would help is if people would look at it less as a retelli
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Deb
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
higgs continues her series set in 19th century scotland and loosely based on the story of jacob and his multiple wives from the bible. in this installment jamie is married to rose, the sister of leanah his former wife. rose is raising leah's son and has just found out she is expecting one of her own. leah decides that it is time for her to return home--thinking that rose and jamie have left--and her return causes much upheaval in this most unusual household. meanwhile, jamie's father-lachlan-has ...more
Cassandra
2.5 stars

Interesting Scottish twist on the story of Jacob and Leah and Rachel. The story compelled me to keep reading as quickly as possible to determine how the author would portray some of the Biblical details. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the book if setting aside my knowledge of the Biblical story, I was disappointed in the resolution. I can't really elaborate without huge spoilers so I will just say that this story took a huge turn from the Biblical events after the first half.

After think
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Liz
This as the third book of a series by Liz Curtis Higgs. It follows Thorn in my Heart and Fair is the Rose, and continues with the story of Jamie, Rose, and Leanna.

It is a love story involving three cousins. There is some comparison to the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel in the book of Genesis from the Bible. In this book, their love story continues as they leave home and begin a life of their own.

In her well-known style, Higgs describes the landscape of Scotland, it's history, and what I foun
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Katrina
I have to admit that when I began this book I was already a little frustrated because of some things that had happened in the previous books. I am not saying that the author frustrated me at all just the twist and turn of the story. When I started this book the first little bit of it was slow for me only because there were things that were carried over from the previous book that I wanted to develop and my patience wasnt the greatest as I waited for everything to unfold. However, that being said ...more
Jaime
Okay...Higgs is a great author. She is clean, with a GREAT knowledge of all things Scotland. Love the place and having been there, LOVE to read the story and not have to imagine. BUT, if I did...Higgs is right there to make it all come ALIVE.
This story upset me for awhile. It made me think life was cruel and unfair, especially to a character as humble and lovely as Leana. However, as you do get your "happy ending"...I will say that more than that, you get to meet a character that inspires you.
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Kara
541 pages in less than 24 hours. The first book drew me in, the second book hooked me. I had to wait several days for this one to arrive (I ordered a used copy while reading Fair is the Rose because I realized I wasn't going to want to wait but since I finished it in about 24 hours I had a to wait a few days...impatiently!). When this one arrived, I devoured all but 40 of the 500+ pages the first day. I desperately wanted to finish it that night, but couldn't keep my eyes open! I just couldn't f ...more
Carmen
I absolutely thought that Rose was a selfish little limmer to go to a witch and use remedies to help with her barrenness and try to win Jamie's heart again even though he was married and had a child. I was so relieved that Rose passed. I didn't really care about her. Leana was truly a blessing to Rose and she left Aunchengray to give Rose a chance at happiness even though she never got her chance. I didn't blame Jamie for hoping she would die when she had croup. She had claimed his name and his ...more
Cf
I love this book. My heart broke for Leana her strength was inspiring. Rose and Jaime flaunting their relationship in her face. Rose was Rose conniving with no apology. Jaime pathetic. Leana deserves so much more than cousin Jaime. But in the end Leana had the final laugh.

Now I have to read the 1st 2 books because I had no clue this was a series let along book 3.


Finished book 2 on 1-22-11. What the hell Jaime confessing how much he loves Rose in this book when its revealed she is thief, liar an
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Kimme
This was the best of the three books in the series. While I skipped some of the descriptions, I loved the storyline. Again, we learn the characters through reading their thoughts, not just their actions.
Lena Summerville
This final book was worth the frustrated, eagerness of the last two. It winds up all the loose ends and became one of the best books i've ever read! If you where angry or emotional in the last two book's please finish the series with this one and I promise it will have been worth it. Never have i been more emotionally invested in a book series as i was in the characters of Rose, Leana and Jamie!! The author veers away from the biblical tale it's "based" on. I am glad because no one can rewrite t ...more
~mad
Read this one, third in the series, in one day pretty much. I could not put it down.

I loved the series so much I wonder what I will read next and will it "measure up."?

Highly recommend!
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Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking Scripture. Traveling wherever God leads. Listening to his heart. Leaning into his embrace.
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