Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke Trilogy #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  980 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Duncan is torn between her obligations as a dutiful daughter and her hatred of her father’s cruel pursuit of money and power. But on the boundary between childhood and womanhood, Maggie discovers it is not her father who stands in the way of her happiness -- it is her own tightly held bitterness. Drawn to a man quietly struggling to overcome his p ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 520 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Thorndike Press (first published 1985)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Heather Hills of Stonewycke, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Heather Hills of Stonewycke

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Blabby Gabi
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I have been trying to read authors from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. This book was recommended to me by Alice (thank you Alice!) I truly loved reading this book (in only 14 hours). We are planning a trip to the UK, and especially Scotland, since my husband is a golfer. I am now waiting for the next two books.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Michael Phillips book I ever read and I fell in love with his writing then and there. He writes in the style of Scottish theologian George MacDonald and I hunger for that wisdom combined with storytelling. I am a huge Michael Phillips fan and found that Lawana Blackwell has the same style of writing.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was like a Scottish Downton Abbey with a bit of a Christian twist. I liked it!
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I probably shouldn't give stars to a book I couldn't finish, but since the star is singular, maybe that slips it under the radar. The fact is, I got the book from the library and read the back and was alarmed to see it described as having been written by a committee. Well, I tried it, I surely tried, and seven chapters in I gave up. The book appears to be old enough to be clean, but dang, it feels as if they tossed the words into the air and any that fell into any semblance of a sentence made th ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A young Scottish girl loves her home and her land, but her greedy father will stop at nothing to further his own plans. Hurt and angry at her father's betrayal, she must learn to forgive him while at the same time trying to escape from him.

This was a very good and exciting story. I absolutely couldn't put it down! But I warn you, this book is the first in a trilogy and you will not want to start it if you don't have access to the other 2 books: the suspense will drive you crazy! I definitely re
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet coming of age story set in Scotland. The main character, Maggie, is a young, sheltered girl who lives in the country in the Stonewycke manor. Maggie's father is a distant, uncaring parent and is only interested in Maggie as a bargaining chip to sell the right to marry her to the highest bidder. Will Maggie be strong enough to stand up to her father and choose her own husband for love instead of money? It was certainly fun reading to see what would happen. I will definitely be rea ...more
I liked the premise... read loads of books like this when I was younger. I guess I felt the romance was a bit contrived... didn't buy their love and affection for each other. It just seems to have happened suddenly. We're told that their friendship grows into true, strong love, but we don't get to experience that with them. Not sure if I would bother reading the next in the series.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was good enough that I am looking forward to reading the sequel. It has romance, mystery (a little) and historical fiction. The plot moved along well and was interesting. It wasn't your typical romance plot, so that was refreshing. It's obviously going to continue the story, it was left very unfinished.
Jennifer Green brommet
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this series too!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
In a difficult season and desiring an easy read, I decided to pick up this title that I thoroughly enjoyed in my childhood. For three decades this book has been with me, but unlike Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and the many series of Bodie Thoene, which I regularly cycle through, I haven't read these in years. The time of reckoning had arrived. Did I still enjoy it enough to preserve it's place on the shelf? Or had it's time passed with my youth? I think you can probably tell by the star ra ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I read this book many years ago as either a middle schooler or underclassman in high school. I adored the book and entire series then. This remembered adoration helped me make the decision to skip these books when reading through my collection four years ago. I read many books by both of these authors since then and gradually became aware of the glaringly obvious shortcomings of their authorship. These shortcomings infected every book I read by them. I had no hope that these books would survive ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
It's at least 25years since I last read this book, which I loved as a teenager, and I did enjoy coming back to it once again. No, it will never be a classic, but it is a well crafted story that keeps you enthralled throughout, and is just a lovely way to pass an afternoon.
Lillian Rivas
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book starts off and stays very slow throughout.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Stonewycke series are readings of survival, love, devotion, favorite reads.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Duncan is torn between her obligations as a dutiful daughter and her hatred of her father’s cruel pursuit of money and power. But on the boundary between childhood and womanhood, Maggie discovers it is not her father who stands in the way of her happiness -- it is her own tightly held bitterness. Drawn to a man quietly struggling to overcome his past, Maggie must learn to let go of hatred and embrace divine love and forgiveness. In The Heather Hills of Stonewycke two be ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I tried to read this. I really did. Then, "romance" sets in, followed by all the really strange scenarios played out and I found myself saying to myself, "This is far too heavy for the likes of me."

If you're a hopeless romantic and regularly read any romance novel you can get your hands on, this is the book for you! If you are looking for depth, something more than "let's get married and run away together, guy", please pass.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I enjoyed both the writing style and characters in this book. I was looking for a light read where I wasn't required to figure out loose connections and subtle leads. This was perfect! It was a predictable Christian historical fiction romance. So, if you are looking for a book with a surprise ending look elsewhere.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: high school and up
Shelves: 2012
I found this book outside a classroom in a book give away box. Understandably it was there. The writing is dated and formulaic. I think this series is out of print, and I don't plan on searching for the other two books. It does have the Gothic elements of creepy castle, evil father, and unsolved murder, but the story didn't keep me up at night.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was okay. It went a little slow for me. I wish we could have see a little bit more of how Maggie's and Ians relationship developed into love, but it was a clean interesting story. It goes to show how important a father/daughter relationship is. I will wait awhile before I continue the story.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Picked this up for a quarter at a used book sale and didn't really research past the tagline. It was alright, I typically dislike Christian romance books. The opening few chapters describing Stonewyke and the countryside were promising but the plot quickly devolved into simple, predictable soul searching. No plans on continuing with the trilogy.
Aug 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This was another light read, something easy to listen to while doing other things. As it turns out, this is book 1 of 3 and the NetLibrary doesn't have the other 2 so I'll be wondering how it ends up for awhile I guess. I'm not too concerned about it because I'm not all that interested in the characters, save the herione, and I'll venture a guess that she ends up all right in the end ;-)
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Pleasant enough, though not what I thought it would be. For some reason I had thought that it was set in the 1950s or later. No matter, it was enjoyable, if a bit preachy here and there. I would listen to more if the library had them, but I don't think it does. I might read them eventually, but it's not a priority.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: most everyone
Shelves: enjoyed
Great first book to this series, very clean. I listened to the recorded books version with Davina Porter at the reader. I love her readings and that is how I found this series. I also love stories set in Scotland, they always win me over.
Phyllis C
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Young lovers find each other after each growing up in wealthy landowner families. Difficult family relationships create difficulties but they decide to marry anyway, planning to leave Scotland for America.
Wilani Wahl
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the Scottish Barogue. I could feel as if I was transported to Scotland and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
Ashley Daviau
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Took awhile for me to get into it but once I did it was an enjoyable read! Looking forward to reading the next in the series!
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, but it was an easy read.
James Catoe
This is story is not holding my wife's or my interest, so thankfully we both have decided to read something else.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really thrilling, but only at the end. SO many unanswered questions!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Stonewycke Lovers♥: The Heather Hills of Stonewycke 16 12 Jul 20, 2013 02:40PM  
  • Passage Into Light (The Russians, #7)
  • The Marquis' Secret
  • The Shield of Honor (Wakefield Dynasty, #3)
  • Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad #1)
  • Of Men and of Angels (Galway Chronicles, #2)
  • The Price of Freedom (Scottish Crown, #2)
Librarian Note: there is more than one author with this name in the Goodreads database.

Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.
More about Michael R. Phillips

Other books in the series

Stonewycke Trilogy (3 books)
  • Flight from Stonewycke (Stonewycke, #2)
  • The Lady of Stonewycke (Stonewycke, #3)

Fiction Deals

  • Mercy Among the Children
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Take Me with You
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
    $7.49 $1.99
  • The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Rock Harbor Collection: Without a Trace, Beyond a Doubt, Into the Deep, Cry in the Night, and Silent Night (Rock Harbor #1-5)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A Thousand Tomorrows (Cody Gunner, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Shoeless Joe
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Death in Venice
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Blonde
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Ever After (Lost Love, #2)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Rescue
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Lords of Discipline
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Sheltering Sky
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Gena/Finn
    $13.99 $1.99
  • A Charles Martin Collection: When Crickets Cry, Chasing Fireflies, and Wrapped in Rain
    $14.99 $3.99
  • Remember Tuesday Morning (9/11, #3)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Scavenger's Daughters (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Under the Udala Trees
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Streets Have No King
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Passion
    $11.00 $1.99
  • The Language of Hoofbeats
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Not Perfect: A Novel
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Seekers (Kent Family Chronicles, #3)
    $17.99 $1.99
  • Don Quixote
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Essex Serpent
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Storycatcher
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Domestic Violets
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Devil Wears Prada
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Half a Heart
    $4.99 $2.49
  • The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel
    $9.24 $1.99
  • A Garden of Earthly Delights (Wonderland Quartet, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Golden Notebook
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Life of Christ
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Good Mother
    $5.74 $1.99
  • The Palest Ink (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters Prequel)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Go: A Coming of Age Novel
    $4.99 $1.99
  • As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Child in Time
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Lowcountry Stranger (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 2)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Man in 3B
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Save Me
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Time Bomb
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Heat and Light: A Novel
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Reunion
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
    $16.99 $1.99
  • Stay Up With Me
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Loser
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Map and the Territory
    $8.99 $2.99
  • You Know Me Well
    $7.09 $2.99
  • Father's Day
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Skeletons at the Feast
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Even Now (Lost Love, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Sackett's Land: The Sacketts (Sacketts, #1)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • This Bright Beauty
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Intervention (An Intervention Novel)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Star Sand
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Secrets of Nanreath Hall
    $11.74 $1.99
  • The Man Who Could Be King
    $4.99 $1.99
  • This Is Where It Ends
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Sugar Queen
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Birth House
    $9.49 $1.99
  • Open City
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Out of Sorts
    $5.99 $0.99
  • The Hearts of Men: A Novel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Revolutionary Road
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Blessings
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Choke
    $14.99 $2.99
  • Bachelor Girl
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Wednesday Sisters
    $11.99 $1.99