Davina McKie, the mute and bonny daughter of Jamie and Leana McKie, can play a fiddle like no other. Her wee size and pixie-like beauty draws the protection of her twin brothers, William and Alexander.

When her father sends the twins away to study, he decides Davina might need a summer diversion. He sends her to visit a cousin, on the Isle of Arran. But a simple vacation turns into a life-altering disaster. Will she forgive the one who stole more than her heart? And will her brothers seek vengeance yet again?

Higgs' book is as bonny as the heroine. The author has a way of creating such a tangible world that the reader can smell the hawthorn and touch the dewy grass. She has such an incredible ability to make the reader care about the scoundrel, who should be despised, that this book won't stay on the shelves long. This novel is based on the story of Dinah in Genesis 34. (Mar., 384 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston