REVIEWS:

A MUST read! by GB: This author has an incredible skill to draw the reader into the
story. She has obviously done an enormous amount of historical research and
skillfully weaves a fictional story around it. Initially I struggled with the dialogue,
however after the 2nd chapter I found it easy to understand. The dialect adds depth
and richness to the characters. The story would not be as great without it. I could
actually feel what the characters were feeling. My only disappointment was that I did
not have the forethought to have purchased the sequel before I finished reading this
novel.

Well written and engaging by Brooklyn Girl: Loved it. Could not put it down.
Beautifully written, especially enjoyed the way it flowed. It took several pages for me
to get the knack of the ethnic dialect, then it came easily and it added to the flavor
of the story. Can't wait to find out what happens next in the sequel. Highly
recommend this book.
     
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FROM THE AUTHOR: On achieving my dream of creating books for young
children, it was a remote thought I could be drawn from that calling for
several years to write historical fiction. When a bee takes up residence in
your bonnet it can be difficult to ignore the buzz. As a member of the
Glasgow University Mountaineering Club hiking Highland hills, I sensed
a deathly quiet in the eeriness of the empty glens. Delving into history, the
atrocities committed after the Battle of Culloden stayed in my thoughts
through the years. There came a point when the little bee was insistent
motivating me to write the story. In
Across the Sea Beyond Skye, and the
sequel,
A Rebellious Echo of the White Cockade, my familiarity of the
Scottish landscape lent authenticity to the portrayal of the Highland family
and the tribulations of their forced emigration to the New World.

ABOUT THE NOVELS: When their home is torched after the Battle of
Culloden, Donald and Morag MacKenzie realize their only hope of survival
is emigration. After a harrowing passage on a disease-ridden schooner,
the loss of the younger daughter to dysentery, they arrive in Yorktown
where Donald is sold into slavery, indentured for a portion of the fares.
The story follows their assimilation and eventual prospering in the
culture of Virginia.  Both sons attended William and Mary where the
youngest befriended Thomas Jefferson

Diminutive Scotland, the poorest yet most literate country in Europe
having universal education, had great influence with the influx of
academicians from its shores. One such educator was the young
William Small, professor of Philosophy at William and Mary and a
disciple of the Enlightenment. One young mind that became captivated
with the egalitarian concept of natural rights espoused by Small is that of
Thomas Jefferson as revealed in the Declaration of Independence.

REVIEW:
Appreciating Scotland's Influence on America
Wow! We Americans should recognize and appreciate the contribution Scotland had
in shaping the foundation of our country. Rodger wove this concept into this novel
in a very creative way. AH


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