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Too Deep for Tears Mass Market Paperback – February 9, 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (February 9, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671725327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671725327
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in the 1800s when the British empire stretched round the globe, this is the flowery, romantic tale of three sisters conceived by a peripatetic father. As a young man, English diplomat Charles Kittridge married a spirited girl from the Scottish Highlands, who, rather than leave the glens, remained there to bring up their fiery daughter Ailsa. Charles found solace with a strong-willed Chinese woman, and then in India with an unstable Englishwoman. His children by the three women were marked as outcasts: Ailsa, for later marrying a Sassenach like her father; Li-an by blue eyes in a land that despised Westerners; and Genevra, branded a bastard by proper English colonists. Bound by loss, anger and the gift of second sight, the three convene at their dying father's request. Scotland, China, and India are colorfully sketched, but Davis tells a remarkably similar story in all three settings. Dull predictability is the result. 100,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I wrote my first two novels (85 pages each) in the 8th grade. I vividly remember sitting in history class watching a friend read one of those novels while tears streamed down her cheeks. I knew then exactly what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to move people with my words.

With a BA in Literature and History and an MA in History, I have published eight historical novels, the first of which, THE DAKOTAS: AT THE WIND'S EDGE, received nationwide attention when it was banned in Medora, North Dakota, the town where it is set. My fifth novel, TOO DEEP FOR TEARS, rose to #5 in its seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. But that was a long time ago (1990).

I have lectured and taught all over the country, and I do creativity workshops in the public schools in an effort to promote literacy by encouraging students to read, write and dream. I recently completed a tour of Ireland; I was invited to read at the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin, and I spoke to students at Sullivan Upper School in Belfast for their Bi-centenary celebration. I also judged their yearly poetry contest. A recently retired government official wrote an article praising the combination of events which brought together a Protestant Northern Irish literary group with an author who had thoroughly studied and talked freely about ancient Celtic and Irish traditions, leading to an uninhibited exchange of ideas.

Now I'm ready to publish my books as e-books, to open my soul to readers once more. On September 25, the first novel I ever wrote (as an adult), Child of Awe, will go live on Kindle. Written many years ago, this is a story that has come back to haunt me again and again. It is a re-written and re-edited version of the British edition, so it's grown since it was first published. I'm very excited to bring it to life again, and I hope it will find its way home to my readers' hearts.

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Anyone who loves reading about foreign places and romance will love this book.
Pam from Texas
This book is a beautiful tapestry of stories--infused with such rich emotions and spirituality.
S. Schmitz
I have read this book three times over the years and enjoy it just as much each time.
Cathy Brewton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pam from Texas VINE VOICE on August 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An Englishman has three daughters by three women in different parts of the world. Unable to be with them as they grow up, he sends for them when they are older so they can be together. The book revolves around each daughter and what impact their absent father has on their lives. One of the daughters is Scottish, the second Chinese, and the third an English girl raised in India.
The descriptions of the scenery and total ambiance of each locale made me see, smell, and feel where they were. When I read about Ailsa Rose in Scotland, I saw the mists and waterfalls of the highlands. With Li-an, China came alive for me with its gentle women but politically unstable atmosphere. With Genevra, I saw the poverty and untouchables of India. I could see everything so clearly because Davis drew me into the stories. I confess to liking Ailsa Rose's story better than the other two though I got emotional through parts of it. Li-an drew my sympathy because she inherited her blue eyes from her father and had to always keep her eyes lowered because her countrymen would kill her if they knew. Generva had to bear the shame of her father and mother's adulterous affair that resulted in her birth. Anyone who loves reading about foreign places and romance will love this book. I don't consider this a romance book but romance is a strong factor. The book has two sequels that I haven't read yet but I bought them as soon as I read Too Deep For Tears. It's a truly wonderful book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read Too Deep for Tears when it was released in 1989 and can trace my love for Scotland back to it. Since that time I have interviewed Kathryn Lynn Davis. She is as fascinating as a person as she is talented as a writer, and her style is lush, lyrical, and sensual. I re-read this book whenever she releases a new book, and the fact that I have an advanced copy of the third and final book in this trilogy sitting in my living room means I will be up all night reading and crying.
Too Deep for Tears is NOT to be missed.
TTFN, Laurie Likes Books
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
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I recently reread Too Deep for Tears by Kathyrn Lynn Davis to continue reading the next two books, All That We Know and Somewhere Lies the Moon, from this trilogy. As I found after my first reading many years ago, this was a wonderful family saga and onyl wish there were more like this book these days. In the tradition of The Thorn Birds or more recently The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, this book taskes hold of you and doesn't let go till the last page.

Charles Kitteridge sires three daughters from three different women in three very different areas of the world. Aisla is raised in the hills and glens of the Scottish moors filled with all sorts of mysticism and traditions. Li Ann, whose mother was Chinese, was raised a blue eyed woman in China while Generva is raised in India the daughter of a Bristish woman who abandons her when she is very young.

I really enjoyed this book and found the charazcters wonderful and entrancing. This was an unusually good story of three very different women and how they grew up imaginng their father. The characters were well drawn and their circumstances found me once again turning the pages of a real good book. And the end was very poiugnant and quite fitting as a father finalyl meets his three daughters from all over the world.

I now look forward to reading the next two books in this series and continuing my enjoyment of this author's esepcially fine storytelling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on March 2, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that this book was one of a pile I picked up at our Goodwill for fifty cents each which I have to do because I can go through books so quickly I need to have a lot around. I will be buying the sequels from Amazon so I feel I can comment.

My point is that I had no preconceived ideas about the book or the story that was going to become part of me.

I loved the Scottish parts best. I could vividly envision the beautiful natural landscape in which Ailsa and Ian lived and loved and I never saw what was coming. I fell so in love with Ian and my heart broke for him.

I have been putting off reading the sequel in which he dies. I also have been putting off both sequels because the first book grabbed a hold of me and I could not let go of it for months afterwards.

Things didn't go the way I wanted them to but somehow I grew to understand why events unfolded as they did.

Firstly, in the book, there were some long held secrets revealed.

Secondly, real life made me realize the endings for each character are truer than in many romance books.

I am just getting ready to turn 65, I have begun to get together with a group of from 12 to 20 woman from my high school graduation class once a month to celebrate our birthdays. Sometimes I feel sad to remember us as young woman with fantasies of what the world was with our magical lives ahead of us compared to how our lives have actually evolved.

But, we still have the opportunities to learn new things, master new skills and form new friendships.
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