In the Scottish Lowlands of 1790, Jamie McKie has suffered two years in exile and hard labor under his uncle Lachlan's greedy hand. The time has matured him. He is no longer the spoiled trickster who stole his brother's birthright as heir to Glentrool, then fled to escape his sibling's wrath. Now Jamie is determined to return home and face his father and brother.

The journey alone will test the limits of Jamie's endurance, but first he must decide between two women. Gentle Leana, his first wife, bore him a son before the church set aside their marriage. Vivacious Rose, his current wife, now carries his child. Jamie must reach for God's wisdom, even as evil men conspire against him.

The dynamic conclusion to Higgs' acclaimed retelling of the biblical Jacob story fulfills the promise of the first volumes—a must-own set for historical fiction fans. Emotions run the gamut, and clear-cut characters sparkle against a backdrop of superbly researched historical detail. (Mar., 560 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson