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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.
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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: 6.8 x 1.2 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathryn Lynn Davis was born with what the ancient Celts called "the fatal gift of the imagination: a crown of stars and a stinging sword." She had no choice but to become a writer. Since Scotland is the home of her heart, and she loves history (having a Masters in the subject), it was inevitable that she should write historical novels, most of which are set in Scotland. An award winning, New York Times best-seller, she has published 8 historical novels and one historical novella.

Kathryn has a BA in English and history from the University of California, Riverside, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She also received her MA in history there.

Twice she received the University of California Riverside's Creative Writing Alumni Award for Fiction, and in 1994, as part of the University's 40th Anniversary, she was chosen as one of "40 Alumni Who Make A Difference" out of 37,000 graduates. She received the Romantic Times award for best Scottish historical: CHILD OF AWE; the RT Career Achievement Award for the TOO DEEP FOR TEARS trilogy; and the RT award for Best Historical: SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON.

Her career has not been without drama. Herfirst published novel, The Dakotas: At the Wind's Edge (Pinnacle, 1983), received nationwide attention when it was banned in Medora, North Dakota, the town where it is set. Her 5th novel and first hardcover, Too Deep For Tears (Pocket, 1990), rose to Number 5 in its seven weeks on the New York Times list, as well as appearing on many other national bestseller lists. Her short story, "Clouds Across the Moon," appeared in Mother (Pocket, 1996), ed. Claudia O'Keefe: an anthology of short stories and poems by authors including Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Joyce Carole Oates, Barbara Kingsolver, et al.

Kathryn often speaks and teaches creativity workshops in public schools in an effort to encourage students to read, write and dream. When SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON was published, Kathryn went on tour with singer/songwriter Heather Sullivan, who wrote the song, "Somewhere There Lies the Moon" which inspired the title of the book. The two appeared, among other venues, in Toronto, Canada, and at the Barnes & Noble in Rockefeller Center. Kathryn was later invited to read at the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin as their guest (James Joyce's grandson was in attendance, as well as the mayor of Dublin, ambassadors from six countries and many other Dublin luminaries). Afterward, Kathryn spoke to the high school level students at Sullivan Upper School in Belfast for their Bicentenary celebration, while Heather performed for the music students. Kathryn spent a memorable time in Dublin and Belfast and touring Ireland afterward with her husband. It was one of the highlights of her career.

Toward the end of the 20th century, she gave up writing out of frustration. Only when she discovered Indie publishing did she return to her love of writing with great enthusiasm. She has re-published part of her backlist as e-books: CHILD OF AWE, and the Too Deep For Tears Trilogy: TOO DEEP FOR TEARS, ALL WE HOLD DEAR, and SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON. In November, 2014, she had the honor of being included in the very successful collection of new historical novellas set in Scotland--HIGHLAND WINDS: THE SCROLLS OF CRIDHE, along with Ceci Giltenan, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Suzan Tisdale, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, and Kate Robbins. Her novella is titled A Tear for Memory, and it is a prequel to her Too Deep Trilogy. Currently, CHILD OF AWE is part of a collection of paranormal historicals: full-length novels written by Kathryn Lynn Davis, April Holthaus, Victoria Zak, and Dawn Marie Hamilton. It is doing very well on four different best seller lists at Amazon, as well as sitting atop the Scottish Historical Romance Kindle Hot new releases. She will be part of two more collections by September, 2015, and will also be re-working and republishing my backlist novel, SING TO ME OF DREAMS. She's so excited by all this activity, and all the new friends--both authors and readers--that she's made on Facebook.

If you have any questions or comments for her, please feel free to ask.

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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 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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8 of 8 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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