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Somewhere lies the moon
Davis, Kathryn Lynn.
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New York : Pocket Books, [1999]

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530 pages ; 24 cm
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For free spirit Ena Rose, the daughter of Ailsa Rose, growing up in Glen Affric has been idyllic. But womanhood looms; she faces tormenting questions of the heart -- and a love that can never be. Then there are the women whose destinies have unfolded over decades and eras; Mairi Rose, warm and wise, who binds the family together...Ailsa, who found boundless happiness in her daughter, Ena...Wan Lian, who after leaving China is driven by soul-consuming sorrow and anger at the death of her loved ones...and Genevra Townsend, who finds amongst the exotic dangers of India an inner serenity that will enable her to return at last to Glen Affric.Richly textured and life-affirming Somewhere Lies The Moon is a mesmerizing tale filled with timeless wisdom and unforgettable heroines who live on long after the final page is turned.

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Booklist Review

The third installment in the saga that includes Too Deep for Tears (1988) and All We Hold Dear (1995) presents a modern-day heroine, Eva Crawford, who is unable to deal with her future until she comes to terms with her ancestors' past. The journals she found in a family chest have her reliving past fears and triumphs so much that she cannot bring herself to commit to marriage, and Davis' readers become just as involved in the tale. It seems that in the late nineteenth century, the daughters of Charles Kittridge--Ailsa, Lian, and Genevra--come together at Ailsa's home in the Scottish highlands because they sense trouble. Her daughter, Ena Rose, is having a hard time accepting the passage from childhood to adulthood. The sisters generously share the stories of how they succeeded in overcoming adversity and finding true happiness. Populated by characters infused with a mystical quality that permeates the entire book, Davis' latest is an intricately woven tale of how each generation influences the next. --Patty Engelmann

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like the Scottish Highlands glen where the heart of her new historical romance beats, Davis's prose is sometimes vibrant and alluring, sometimes impenetrable as gorseÄespecially for a reader new to her ongoing saga of the Rose clan (Too Deep for Tears). Despite the awkward premise that a contemporary young woman is reliving the tangled events of her 19th century ancestors, the novel will reward persistent readers. Mairi Rose Kittredge, the matriarch of Glen Affric, has embraced as daughters the love-children of her dead husband, Charles Kittredge, a British diplomat who had fathered Lian in China and Genevra in India, as well as Ailsa with Mairi in Scotland. The three half-sisters, who first meet as young women at the time of their father's death, remain empathically connected until dream-summoned back to the Glen, 17 years later, where Mari is on her deathbed. Their lives are described at exhausting length, and husbands and lovers and sons never quite completely claim the women's souls. Indeed, the most intriguing intimacies in the book are between women. An especially compelling triangle unites Ailsa, her pubescent daughter, Ena, and Jenny Fraser, whose late husband, Ian, is Ena's father. Though the betrayal is painful, childhood best friends Jenny and Ailsa eventually reconcile because of their shared love for Ena. As the novel gains momentum, it dispenses words of wisdom about mothers and daughters, women's power to forgive and the need of men to indulge in bloody, tragic heroics. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved