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 youngest 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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