A Shine of Rainbows
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A Shine of Rainbows

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Mairi and Sandy live on a lonely Hebridean island, content with each other - despite their lack of children. When Mairi brings home Thomas, a child from the orphanage, Sandy is jealous of Mairi's affection for him and disappointed in the boy's stammer and fragility. With time, Thomas grows in confidence and draws nearer to his foster mother, but still Sandy keeps an emotio

Paperback, 95 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by Random House of Canada, Limited (first published 1984)
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Holly McIntyre
The only problem with reading one of Beckwith's books is that it makes me want to pack a bag, stowaway the dogs, and move to a croft on a Scottish island. Is this orphan tale predictable and almost too-sweet? Yes. Is it charming? Oh double-yes! If tales of good people living hard, but simple lives in settings of extraordinary natural beauty appeal to you, then any of Beckwith's books will enchant.
Sweet story, well written.
Though this was published (and presumably written?) in the 1980's, it has a 50's feel to it. The plot is very predictable, but so what? I am a sucker for stories that feature an orphan who finally finds a loving home. Mairi the devoted, kindly mother and Sandy the taciturn father are pretty stereotypical, but the characterization of the boy, Thomas, is a bit more nuanced. And most anything could be forgiven, anyway, for a chance to soak in the harshly beautiful seascape.
I came across this book accidentally and I loved it. I have read it 3 times and all three times I cried. I hated the movie and the acting in it. The movie does not do the book any justice.
I have no idea how I ended up with this book - maybe by searching adoption in the library card catalog? I like the length of the novel and the story was well written, but I felt it was slow.
Brenda {Write From Your Heart ♥}
Really good! Similar to the movie and as sweet as the movie too. :)
Loved it! The movie is very well made and worth watching.
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Lilian Comber wrote fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children under the pseudonym Lillian Beckwith. She is best known for her series of comic novels based on her time living on a croft in the Scottish Hebrides.

Beckwith was born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in 1916, where her father ran a grocery shop. The shop provided the background for her memoir About My Father's Business, a child’s...more
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